A must read. He does an excellent job seeing the story without a glory fest. At the same time, not accenting the incredible bravery of pilots fighting with inadequate weapons because that was all Allied forces had at the time, lessens the impact of an amazing story.
While I am not a buff on World War II, this is the best nonfiction read I have read on a historical battle. Symonds does an excellent job of setting the background, giving insight into the thinking and strategies of both American and Japanese commanders, as well as some of the key characters. He also manages to present a lot of information and jargon into the narrative while not losing this reader. It is obvious that Symonds has made a commendable and much-appreciated effort in several drafts to make this book very informative, easy to follow, and ultimately an enjoyable read.
Bravo on weaving this all together in a well organized fashion to present a cogent and at times penetrating view of the Battle of Midway, the turning point of the war in the Pacific.
Because I enjoyed this book so much, I followed up with another synopsis of the Battle of Midway by another author. I wish that the author of that book had done just half as well as Symonds. I plan to follow up with Symonds' other books. Go ahead and check this book out!
Fair book. quick read. little new.
some new info on the Hornet Flight Leader..
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