- Title: Incredible Victory: The Battle of Midway
- Author: Walter Lord
- ISBN: 9781580800594
- Page: 288
- Format: Paperback
With an extraordinary paperback selling track record of 230,000 copies sold, this is the definitive and compelling account of the Allied battle and victory at Midway in June 1942.
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Walter Lord, an American with a British-sounding name, writes like a Brit benefitting from a classical education and he does a fantastic job here. This is one hell of a book.Giving the backstory to both sides of the battle, Lord effectively zeroes in on the Japanese and the American commanders, but then goes further: making the everymen who fought and died in that battle come alive, right down to the cooks and signalmen and mechanics on both sides of the conflict.Quoting hundreds of participants [...]
A pretty good historic retelling of the Battle of Midway, which was the crucial turning point in the Pacific theater during WWII. Lord does a very good job of weaving together the stories of sailors and airmen from both sides of the battle, based on personal interviews and tons of research through personal letters, after action reports and piles of naval records. The result is, surprisingly, an easy read for anyone interested in WWII history. It never bogs down and manages to keep a truly human [...]
A classic one-volume account of one of the most critical battles in World History, this work about Midway immediately puts the reader right into the preparation and start of the battle. It doesn't try to recount all the events that led to the battle, but highlighting the key points that set events in motion leading to this critical battle. He makes effective use of first person accounts, ranging from American naval aviators, sailors, soldiers to Japanese military personnel. This work was publish [...]
A fascinating readPerhaps like many others while I knew some history on the battle of Midway I'm afraid much of it was based on the movie "Midway". While the movie was entertaining I feel the script writers both took liberties with the truth as well as not acknowledging many of the people who helped defeat the Japanese navy at Midway. For example the movie doesn't mention Midway having any PT boats to help defend the island nor did it mention Pearl Harbor reinforcing Midway with troops and suppl [...]
I hadn't read any of Walter Lord's historical writings until this one. In this book (and I suspect others) Lord was a great writer, a relentless researcher and an objective observer. "The Battle of Midway" was the turning point in the war of the Pacific. In this, the undersized U.S. Pacific fleet won a victory over the Japanese navy's massive task force. This much history tells us and much has been "glorified" in the near-75 years since it took place.Lord's objective look at the battle, though, [...]
Feels like a first hand account.By telling this story from the perspective of both the Admirals and the enlisted men (from both sides), the book gives the feeling of 'being there'. This made it feel like I couldn't put it down until I finished. I didn't read it in one sitting; but I sure wanted to keep on reading the rest of the way through to the end of the war.
Well done!My dad's generation lived it, my generation knows the story. This should be required reading for anyone who studies WWII history. To Gen X and Mellinials this is ancient history. Well, it isn't, and has significance today.
The battle of MidwayThis is an interessino book That shows both sides of contenders and their military way of thinking.The pace of the storytelling is nice and not boring and makes you fly. Sail and swim with the characters.
This is a great book. If you’re interested in World War II especially carrier battles this one is the book to set the bar against. The author brings the battle right to the pages. Simply one of the best books I’ve read on the subject.
Excellent account with firsthand interviews from a variety of personnel involved.
I'm a bit of a sucker for history books and while this wasn't necessarily a page turner for me, I did enjoy it!
Fascinating readingThe story of Midway from both the American and the Japanese viewpoint. So much drama and so many screw ups and opportunities missed.
Like all the books by Lord that I've read, this is excellent.
GoodThis is a good book but the writing seems dated I was inspired to read it after reading The Fleet at Flood Tide. Nevertheless a good overview on the battle of midway
Thrilling and detailed!Personal stories of the main actors brings the action to life. No words are wasted in telling the whole story.
Of course I'd seen the Charleton Heston movie about the Midway battle, but that excluded so much detail that this book ably filled in. It was fascinating to see what was done with the scant amount of intelligence information they had in order to prepare for the battle to come. They had some very ancient air power and nothing as quick as the Japanese had, but they made the best use they could of it. They beefed up Midway island with everything they could think that would help in the case of a Jap [...]
The writing style of the book is a bit too casual for my liking. Also, the book (and it's not the only one) makes claims that have since been disproved, most notably that the Japanese carriers had planes on their flight decks and were just minutes away from launching their own airstrike when three of their carriers were hit and destroyed.It is interesting to see how writing styles have evolved over the years. The author makes extensive reference to "Japs", a word that would never be used today. [...]
This is an "incredible" story of the human element of one of the greatest battles, and greatest naval victory, in American history. Lord writes this book with such grace and pathos, the reader somehow becomes invested in the characters and the battle. The odds against the Americans in the Battle of Midway were enormous and the stakes were extremely high. Having suffered nothing but victories, the Japanese had cause to be highly confident and the outlook for the Americans was bleak. And the early [...]
Hubris a very interesting book about certainly one of the most important events in world war 2, probably one of the most to be decided by chance events Another book which demonstrates the phenomenon named "Victory Disease" by the Japanese themselves, which played a significant part in their ultimate defeat. In the buildup to Midway a simulation of the battle is carried out where the result goes against the Japanese & 3 carriers sunk. Instead of learning from this, the result is ignored & [...]
Once I started this book,it did not take long before I could not put it down. The Battle for Midway was the turning point in the Pacific. It was the last attempt at a direct attack by the Japanese Navy. The stories of life lost and honor are telling from both sides. Honor and freedom were at stake, and for each side country loyalty was defined by tradition, flag, and national anthem. In the end the American Flag remained flying despite the terrible losses of men and ships. Her sight brought comf [...]
A fine detailing of a turning point in WWII. The narrative descriptions are so well done it's as if Walter Cronkite had returned to TV for another episode of You Are There.The history is told from both the U.S. and Japanese point of view while the author gives meaning to what the struggle means to the people of both countries. It also reveals the heroism of so many young fighter pilots who attacked the Japanese fleet with outdated airoplanes while the surperor Japanese zeros outmanuvered and sho [...]
Indeed Incredible!The battle of Midway is considered the turning point in the war in the Pacific. It turned the tide of war from Japan to America. This riveting story is that of the men who fought that battle. It is a credit to the men who comprised "The Greatest Generation." My own father was one of those men. He was a marine on Guadalcanal, and his war was over early on when a Japanese soldier barometer him when his unit was overwhelmed on a ridge and he was left for dead. He steadfastly refus [...]
I first read this well over 30 years ago. It was an amazing read then and it has not lost any of its power.Walter Lord was a great historical writer. He took information from a large number of sources and pulled it all together into an account that encompasses the full breadth of the story. A large part of the book's power comes from his ability to tell the story. However, it is an incredible story, and his opening sums this up well - this was a turning point in history.If you like naval history [...]
This book was originally published in 1967, and it's a book devoted to the Battle of Midway. It's an extremely good book about that particular battle, going into lots of detail, but doing so in a manner that is interesting and not boring. It really helps one realize just how close that battle was, and how a change in any number of things could have led to a Japanese, and not an American, victory. It also shows how some of the Japanese leaders were not exactly the best.Definitely a must-read if y [...]
This is one of the finest book of military history that I have read. Walter Lord has written a holistic view of the Battle of Midway that is at once detailed and breezy. The book begins with the brilliant code breaking done by military intelligence, then moves to the rapid repairs done to the aircraft carrier Yorktown, and ends with an outgunned American naval force trouncing an arrogant Japanese force.
A detailed look at the battle of Midway. The author uses plenty of quotes from actual participants, which help bring the story into focus. I found it particularly interesting that the US's first eight attacks had no hits on the Japanese fleet. The fact that three Japanese carriers were put out of action in less than 10 minutes is amazing.
One of the few history books I've ever read that wasn't "required reading"--a bit dry in places, but otherwise very real, down-to-earth stories of what really happened at Midway--I have a much deeper appreciation of WW2, Pearl Harbor, the true chaos of real war, and the efforts of the Japanese and American forces.
'Groping' an apt metaphor for battleA careful and caring account of the pivotal battle in the Pacific war. Relies on personal and official accounts from both sides, respectfully retold in a gripping narrative.
This book is an incredible piece of history with eight pages of contributors from both the Japanese and the American side. It is a must for anyone interested in World War Two history. I highly recommend it.
Excellent! Engaging narrative about the Battle of Midway. The ultimate outcome of the war in the Pacific was decided during a crucial and courageous 5 minute time span! Read the book to find what happened! Highly recommended!
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