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The final volume of the magisterial Pacific War Trilogy from acclaimed historian Ian W. Toll, "one of the great storytellers of war" (Evan Thomas).  

Twilight of the Gods is a riveting account of the harrowing last year of World War II in the Pacific, when the US Navy won the largest naval battle in history; Douglas MacArthur made good his pledge to return to the Philippines; waves of kamikazes attacked the Allied fleets; the Japanese fought to the last man on one island after another; B-29 bombers burned down Japanese cities; and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were vaporized in atomic blasts. 

Ian W. Toll's narratives of combat in the air, at sea, and on the beaches are as gripping as ever, but he also takes the listener into the halls of power in Washington and Tokyo, where the great questions of strategy and diplomacy were decided. Lionel Barber of the Financial Times chose the second volume of the series (The Conquering Tide) as the preemiment book of 2016, calling it military history at its best. Listeners who have been waiting for the conclusion of Toll's masterpiece will be thrilled by this final volume.

©2020 Ian Toll (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • Benjamin Casey
  • 2020-09-14

Amazing Details

Picks up right where the last one left off. The narrative and organization create a great flow to this long book . You can almost feel yourself zooming in from the overall picture of the war down to buck privates and seamen. I’m one of those wwii avid reader types and was worried about reading long chapters on battles I was pretty familiar with . Toll brings new perspectives and details about the Pacific War. From the bloated flies of Saipan infesting an admirals dinner offshore to an in depth look at Japanese social psychology for waging war this book brought to light the war in the Pacific . I also appreciate Toll’s research on the logistics involved in the Pacific Theatre.

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  • eclectic reader
  • 2020-09-19

War is hell

As with the two prior volumes I felt I was experiencing the Pacific war through the eyes of the Americans and the Japanese. The brutality and otherworldliness of the fighting seemed more immediate. It certainly Leaves the reader with a sense of the horror of war. One can't look at a successful war as a grand thing US naval and air superiority means there is never any doubt that Japan will lose the war. The Japanese challenge is reconciling its defeat with its national character. The brutality of the amphibious landings on Iwo Jima and Okinawa show how terrible the battles were for both sides. Clearly the American population advantage and industrial capacity make the outcome inevitable but the Japanese character makes its surrender difficult even after the atomic bombs. Even the emperor's decision to surrender was meet with a threatened coup. Neither MacArthur or Halsey comes off without character flaws. The book ends with the return of the American veterans. They faced challenges getting home and greater challenges when home. Clearly the war changed America in ways never expected. Woman experienced more freedom and we're often unwilling to return to their former roles. Ultimately that post war freedom and the introduction of the pill in the sixties gave birth to contemporary feminism. The returning Black soldiers faced special challenges. The equality they had experienced at war was often rescinded when they returned home. The struggle for a colorblind society is an ongoing challenge. I found the book thought provoking and I appreciate the time and effort poured into it by the author.

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  • Anthony Rionda
  • 2020-10-12

Superb

The writing places you in the SW Pacific, Iwo Jima, and Tokyo Bay. A great finish to an already superb series. The bravery of boys charging into battle, fighting enemies both real and psychological, is quite impressively told by Toll. General Wainwright’s reaction, after 3 years in a POW camp in Japanese occupied China, to the USS Missouri leaves the reader understanding how awesome the US war production was in 3 short years. Superb!

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  • Mike Mehring
  • 2020-11-19

Terrific Stories Told In A Broad Yet Linear Way

I enjoyed every minute of this book. It was a little long sometimes and it didn't have to be. There was some redundancy in description and event but on the whole a very good story. Very educational.

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  • Gasdog
  • 2020-11-13

HISTORIC CONCLUSION TO WWII PACIFIC TRILOGY

With this final book, Ian Toll has done for the War in the Pacific what Bruce Catton did for the Civil War.

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  • Charles R. Coffey II
  • 2020-11-06

Insightful.

I've been reading WWII history for forty-five years, and found this volume uniquely informative. Thanks.

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  • MDY
  • 2020-11-04

Thought I'd heard it all about last year of WWII

This book covers everything and I'm serious as a heart attack about everything being covered. There's Roosevelt's election to a 4th term and everything in between. There's how life was back at home in the US. It even covers what went on in Japan from kids to governance to the feelings of the man on the street. If you thought you knew about the last year of the Pacific WWII, you don't. Well worth the credit!

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  • Mary Helen Grace
  • 2020-10-28

Extraordinary history of Pacific War 1944-45

I read this book because my father was a Navy Lieutenant dentist attached to the 1st Marine Division Air Wing and later 2nd Division Air Wing. I am reading my Dad’s 432 letters he wrote almost daily to my mother. I wanted to understand more about his abbreviated and censored comments about his daily routines from 7/6/44-9/23/45. For me, Book 3 and Book 2 enlarged the scope of his experiences in the Solomons, Guadalcanal, Samar and Okinawa etc. I’ve been brought to tears so many times thinking about his 14 months in the Pacific front. I have greatest respect for him and all his fellow Navy and Marines and others. I’m so respectful and impressed with the USA from that time. I feel much less sorry for myself in this Covid pandemic after the perspective gained learning about WW2 Pacific history. Ian W. Toll is outstanding in his detailed information told in a concise and compelling way. What a fabulous author! I bought all three of Toll’s Trilogy of WW2 Pacific front books. Also convinced a relative who’s a VA doctor to do the same. I have these books on Audible and hard copies from Amazon. Books help me see maps and pictures. Best ever! Now I need to figure out what to do with my Father’s letters from 7/7/44-9/23/45. Maybe a book for my family to read about their Father and Grandfather, Dr.Donatian Meder. Dad’s letters were written before I was born. He’s deceased now. It’s a time warp reading him talking to Mom. The Toll books gave depth and meaning to this tremendous experience for all Americans and Japanese who were involved. Everyone should read Ian W. Toll’s Twilight of the Gods. I’m so grateful to Ian Toll for writing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Mary Helen Grace

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  • thomas r dickson dds
  • 2020-10-27

excellent

best book of 1944-45 available. Very detailed and in detailed very much worth the mental effort.

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  • Cassandra Hayman
  • 2020-10-26

Couldn't put it down!!

One of the most engaging and informative books I've read on the Pacific war. Ian Toll shares the history of the conflict from a multitude of perspectives. Very well researched. Truly a fitting capstone to his remarkable Pacific War Trilogy.