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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....

Title : Incredible Victory: The Battle of Midway
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ISBN : 9781580800594
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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  • Kenny
    2019-01-01 09:14

    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, Lord steers us unerringly into the battle, giving an impression that he himself was also there, so direct and meaningful is his prose and observations.Those who read this book will likely lready be aware of the broad brush strokes of the battle: the desire of Admiral Yamamoto (architect of Pearl Harbor) to finish off the American fleet once and for all and the code breakers that discovered his plan months in advance. Though only 15% of any given transmission was decoded, it was enough and the American fleet was waiting in the wings to swoop down on the Japanese when they attacked Midway, a tiny atoll 900 miles west of Hawaii. Lord is a master storyteller. He excells in the battle itself: How eight successive sorties against the Japanese fleet were repulsed, killing scores of American flyers, until the fateful 9th attack, when, in just six minutes, three Japanese carriers were left aflame and sinking. The Japanese were astonished at American pluck. They should not have been. The Americans were bloody minded about Pearl Harbor and would have launched 29 sorties if they had had the planes and the men.In the end, Lord tells a story of which we all know the outcome in a way that reads like a blow-by-blow boxing match. His language is so clear, so economical, and so perfect that it was a pleasure to read. I'll open the book now and select a random paragraph so you can see what a great writer Lord is:"As the planes dropped, they veered away close alongside the ship. Watching from his searchlight platform, Signalman Martin wondered about the two flickering orange lights he could see in the rear cockpit. Suddenly he realized this was machine gun fire. He ducked behind a canvas wind screen and felt entirely different about the war. Bombs and torpedoes were impersonal, but this strafing was aimed at him. For the first time he felt really angry with the Japanese."Lord has also written the book I'll devour next, Day of Infamy, about the Pearl Harbor attack. And, by the way, he also authored the book upon which the best Titanic movie was made, A Night to Remember.

  • Steven Latta
    2019-01-11 13:09

    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 perspective of such a massive battle. It also never takes sides, portraying both the American and Japanese forces as with equal humanity. Lord is well known for his approachable style, weaving facts together with personal stories and anecdotes, and it's on full display here. I think this one is a bit more focused on telling the stories of the people than on the facts than say his superb "A Night To Remember", which told the story of the maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic, but overall the style of writing is similar.If there are any nitpicks to be had with "Incredible Victory", it's that the overall book is fairly short. The 14 days or so it covers pass by very quickly, which again goes back to him focusing less on facts and details, in order to keep the overall story moving briskly. Also, the book just kind of ends with the end of the battle. There's some mention in the final chapter or two about how the battle was a demoralizing defeat which put the Japanese navy on the defensive for the rest of the war, but it never touches on any of the war that followed it. For me, that would have put some context to the outcome. But those are nitpicks. This is a concise, well told and very human story of one of the great battles of WWII and is well worth reading.

  • Scott Martin
    2018-12-26 05:21

    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 published within 30 years of the actual battles, so Lord had a great deal of personal recollections and memoirs to make use of for this work. Like A Night to Remember, this work is tight and fast moving. Granted, with time and release of previously classified information and more accounts uncovered, this work could be seen as a little dated. However, for a one volume starter account of the battle, this is still a great place to start (and not without reason is this work cited at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.).

  • Bill hart
    2019-01-04 09:12

    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 supplies. I won't give away more of the errors of the movie, but will definitely recommend this book. The amount of research done by the writer is unbelievable and makes me wanting more of his books.

  • Keith
    2019-01-02 12:24

    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, shows that the American fleet won the day by superior intelligence (through code breaking), relentless preparation, and (most importantly), serendipity. The battle could have gone either way, and it was through pure luck that the American planes caught the Japanese planes on the carrier decks. What I really liked about this book (written in 1967), was the interviews with both American and Japanese participants (and survivors) and how the reader is drawn into the objective circle that Lord portrays. On both sides were people. Patriotic young me who were convinced that they were doing the right thing at the right time. The self-sacrifice of the Japanese and Americans is difficult for us to understand today.There is no alternative history here, only objective reporting and the human experience of so many lives lost or damaged in one of the great "plot markers" of the story second world war.

  • David W Musal
    2018-12-27 05:05

    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.

  • Mike Haxton
    2019-01-04 07:17

    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.

  • Samuel Giordano
    2019-01-18 11:08

    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.

  • John
    2019-01-18 10:22

    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.

  • Morgan Barnes
    2019-01-03 09:18

    Excellent account with firsthand interviews from a variety of personnel involved.

  • Lanita
    2018-12-20 05:17

    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!

  • Tom Claycomb
    2018-12-20 05:54

    Fascinating readingThe story of Midway from both the American and the Japanese viewpoint. So much drama and so many screw ups and opportunities missed.

  • Ray Clendenen
    2019-01-05 10:17

    Like all the books by Lord that I've read, this is excellent.

  • Rory James Gilfillan
    2019-01-18 06:22

    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

  • Garrett Sullivan
    2019-01-05 08:21

    Thrilling and detailed!Personal stories of the main actors brings the action to life. No words are wasted in telling the whole story.

  • Maggie
    2019-01-08 09:55

    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 Japanese landing and quickly repaired and gathered as many carriers and support craft as possible, allowing the US at least some ability to give the Japanese a good battle. The crux of the matter, though, was that the Japanese were so sure that they could win and that the US had only one possible carrier in the area that the Japanese psyched themselves out of the game. I also thought that the battle was over after the second air strike again the Yorktown, which badly crippled it, but did not sink it. I don't think I ever knew about the submarine attack 2 days later that sank both the Yorktown and one of the battleships. Nor did I know about the attacks on the other Japanese battleships after the main battle was over. A very educational read.

  • Bill V
    2019-01-03 12:54

    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. There was also at least one reference to Asia as the Orient, another term that is no longer used. The part of the book that I most enjoyed was all the personal anecdotes.

  • John Nevola
    2019-01-17 09:57

    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 results of the first battle-contacts were overwhelmingly favorable to the Japanese. And yet, somehow the Americans rallied to pull this fight out of the fire and not only save Midway but deal the Imperial fleet a blow from which they never recovered.A true David and Goliath story, Incredible Victory pays tribute to the indomitable human spirit and the fickle twists of fate and luck. I rarely read books more than once. Only a tiny handful have impressed and captivated me enough to do that. This book, however, I have read four times and I'm sure to read it again someday!John E. NevolaAuthor of The Last Jump: A Novel of World War II

  • Russ
    2019-01-11 10:05

    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 & the Japanese then go on to lose 4 carriers in similar circumstances in the real battle. Other faults include underestimating the American forces in general & the American fighting (air)man in particular. The other interesting thing is this is a record of a time when the US had it's back against the wall, with the war going badly for the Americans, they were outnumbered by an enemy with better equipment, which might be hard to imagine for people nowadays.

  • Tracy
    2019-01-03 05:58

    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 comfort and hope, something that as a Veteran myself who served 60 years later know all to well. I will never kneel before her during the National Anthem because I own our history and respect the men and women throughout history who have paid dearly to make her better with each generation.

  • Michael
    2019-01-14 07:13

    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 shot so many down. It gives a feel of pride to see how the bravery and determination of the U.S. fliers resulted in the final victory.

  • 7$MartyQ
    2019-01-13 06:09

    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 refused to talk of his participation in the war to his dying day, and so I have to learn of the war and these gallant men from the books written on the war by others.

  • Bill Bradford
    2019-01-01 12:21

    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 is something you should definitely have on your bookshelf.

  • Sarah Crawford
    2019-01-09 06:57

    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 your are interested in what happened at Midway.

  • Matt
    2019-01-01 13:24

    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.

  • Frank Taranto
    2019-01-18 12:21

    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.

  • Cate
    2018-12-25 10:06

    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.

  • Gregory
    2019-01-01 13:09

    '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.

  • Frederick
    2019-01-15 12:57

    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.

  • Ken
    2018-12-27 12:11

    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!