Nemesis: The Battle for Japan 1944-45: Max Hastings
By the summer of 1944 it was clear that Japan´s defeat was inevitable, but how the drive to victory would be achieved remained unclear. The ensuing drama - that ended in Japan´s utter devastation - was acted out across the vast theater of Asia in massive clashes between army, air, and naval forces. In recounting these extraordinary events, Max Hastings draws incisive portraits of MacArthur, Mao, Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and other key figures of the war in the East. But he is equally adept in his portrayals of the ordinary soldiers and sailors caught in the bloodiest of campaigns. With its piercing and convincing analysis, Retribution is a brilliant telling of an epic conflict from a master military historian at the height of his powers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004340/bk_rand_004340_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rising Sun Over Burma: Flying Tigers and Wild Eagles 1941-1942 - How Japan Remembers the Battle: Daniel Ford
With an introduction read by Max Hastings. A companion volume to his best-selling Armageddon, Max Hastings´ account of the battle for Japan is a masterful military history. Featuring the most remarkable cast of commanders the world has ever seen, the dramatic battle for Japan of 1944-45 was acted out across the vast stage of Asia: Imphal and Kohima, Leyte Gulf and Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Soviet assault on Manchuria. In this gripping narrative, Max Hastings weaves together the complex strands of an epic war, exploring the military tactics behind some of the most triumphant and most horrific scenes of the 20th century. The result is a masterpiece that balances the story of command decisions, rivalries, and follies with the experiences of soldiers, sailors, and airmen of all sides as only Max Hastings can. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stewart Cameron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018212/bk_adbl_018212_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This landmark study was first published in English by the Naval Institute in 1955. Widely acknowledged for its valuable Japanese insights into the battle that turned the tide of war in the Pacific, the book has made a great impact on American readers over the years. Two Japanese naval aviators who participated in the operation provide an unsparing analysis of what caused Japan´s staggering defeat. Mitsuo Fuchida, who led the first air strike on Pearl Harbor, commanded the Akagi carrier air group and later made a study of the battle at the Japanese Naval War College. Masatake Okumiya, one of Japan´s first dive-bomber pilots, was aboard the light carrier Ryujo and later served as a staff officer in a carrier division. Armed with knowledge of top-secret documents destroyed by the Japanese and access to private papers, they show the operation to be ill-conceived and poorly planned and executed, and fault their flag officers for lacking initiative, leadership, and clear thinking. With an introduction by an author known for his study of the battle from the American perspective, the work continues to make a significant contribution to World War II literature. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terence Aselford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/navy/000008/bk_navy_000008_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the early hours of July 5, 1943, the destroyer USS Strong was hit by a Japanese torpedo. The powerful weapon broke the destroyer´s back, flooded her engine room, killed dozens of sailors, and sparked raging fires. While accompanying ships were able to rescue most of Strong´s surviving crewmen, scores were submerged in the ocean as the shattered warship sank beneath the waves - and a young officer´s harrowing story of survival began. Based on official American and Japanese histories, personal memoirs, and the author´s exclusive interviews with key participants, The Castaway´s War tells the entirely unique and very personal tale of Navy Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller´s fight for survival against both a hostile environment and an implacable human enemy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ian Harding. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/009435/bk_reco_009435_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.