After the stories have been told of battles won and lost, much of what happens in a war remains a mystery. So it has been with accounts of World War II in the Pacific, a complex conflict whose nature is obscured by simple chronological narrative. In The Pacific War, William B. Hopkins, a Marine Corps veteran of the Pacific War and respected military history author, delves deeper into the Pacific campaign as he investigates the strategies, politics and personalities that shaped the conduct of the war. His broader approach to a complex war conducted on land, sea and air offers a more realistic perspective and a deeper understanding of how this multifaceted conflict unfolded in many ways and in many places. As expansive as the immense reaches of the Pacific, and as focused as a pinpoint attack on a strategic island, Hopkins’ account offers a fresh understanding of the hows--and more significantly, the whys---of the Pacific War.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 392 pgs.