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Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western…

Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 (Vol. 3)… (original 2020; udgave 2020)

af Ian W. Toll (Forfatter)

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Titel:Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 (Vol. 3) (Pacific War Trilogy)
Forfattere:Ian W. Toll (Forfatter)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 944 pages
Samlinger:Read completely
Nøgleord:WWII, Military History, Pacific Theater, Japan, US Navy, History

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Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 (Vol. 3) (Pacific War Trilogy) af Ian W. Toll (2020)



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In setting out to write his three volume history of the Pacific war, Ian W. Toll anticipated "an episodic and discursive narrative, one that colors outside the lines of conventional specialized military history." When he reached the third volume, "Twilight of the Gods," he sailed beyond the conventions to include "military press relations, naval pilot training, Allied radio and leaflet propaganda and the lives of evacuated Japanese schoolchildren" and much, much more. This is a very satisfying read. So well written that I regretted coming to the last page.
  RonWelton | Oct 20, 2020 |
This is the final book of a trilogy, following up on the Author’s Pacific Crucible, and The Conquering Tide. It should stand as the definitive three volume treatment of the Pacific theater of World War II relating to naval history.

This installment picks up with the aftermath of the Mariannas (Saipan, Guam and Tinian) campaign, and concludes with the American occupation of Japan and subsequent post-War scale down. Included is the reoccupation of the Philippines, the naval battle of Leyte Gulf, the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

I found the first two installments of the trilogy to be nothing short of magnificent. The four-year gap between the second and final volumes certainly whetted the appetite. For whatever reason, this installment failed to measure up to the first two, and I can’t really say why. Certainly, the subject matter is no less compelling. I can only guess that following the first two volumes, expectations were impossible to meet.

In any case, the book is extremely well researched and presented. Of particular value to me were the sections dealing with the end game of the war, involving the atomic bombing and the political structure of the Japanese government, its inner workings and the psychologies and cultural overlays involved. I was unaware of the Russians invasion of Manchuria as a possibly deciding factor in the Japanese surrender.

If you have an interest in military history, naval warfare, or just enjoy a captivating read, I cannot recommend this trilogy highly enough. ( )
  santhony | Oct 13, 2020 |
The concluding and longest volume. By this point the US had such a massive superiority in material, troops, leadership and technology the only question was how quick, and boy did they move quick. Airplanes were being over-produced at such a rate older models were bulldozed to make room for new. Shiploads of food and ammo sat rotting in jungles for lack of anyone to take it. American posts behind the lines resembled 5-star resorts. America had over-reacted, over-built. And it kept carpet bombing Japan up to the last day, long after it was obvious there was no reason. Japan for its part stupidly sent its entire fleet on a "Banzai" suicide charge and got its wish. The Kamikaze's were amazingly effective, early precision-guided munitions, but it was too little too late and anyway not sustainable. They engaged in atrocities against civilians that no one understands why, but is a reflection of how they treated themselves, as expendable. Beware the nation of suicidals.

Having read all three volumes I conclude: the best parts are the first volume (Pearl Harbor and Midway), the first half of the second volume (Guadalcanal) and the second half of the final volume. The middle parts of the war are a repetitive grind and better read on a per-battle basis as there are too many to adequately cover at this scale. Regardless, it's an excellent overview of the important elements and offers a springboard to reading more in detail, of which there are no lack of excellent books. ( )
1 stem Stbalbach | Oct 12, 2020 |
I can only encourage anyone to read one of the other reviews below, as they do a great job of summarizing this great book, and the trilogy. My only criticism is that Mr. Toll spent too much time covering the details of various land battles. I had read other books on these battles, such as Leyte Gulf, so I skimmed through those sections. ( )
  Steven-Dierks | Oct 1, 2020 |
Twilight of The Gods, was the excellent end of Ian Toll’s Trilogy on the war in the Pacific. Ian Toll seamlessly weaves together the story of the war from 1944-1945 in the Pacific from the perspective of Army, Navy, Marines and Army Air Corp.
The perspectives vary from world leaders, Washington leadership, members of the JCS ( Marshall, King and Arnold), theatre commanders such as Nimitz and MacArthur, Fleet commanders like Spruance and Halsey, army, Corp and division commanders like General Walter Krueger, General Robert Eichelberger, Chesty Puller and the common marine soldier and seaman.

The story varies from Naval encounters such as Leyte Gulf, land engagement e.g. Guadalcanal, Tinian, Iwo Jima, Okinawa. The evolution of sub warfare with the likes of Admiral Charles Lockwood, commander Mush Morton, the evolution of the Wolfpack. Strategic bombing under General Curtis LeMay, the fire bombing of Tokyo and the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Toll also doesn’t neglect Japanese leadership, Hirohito, army and naval leadership and the common soldier seaman and citizen.

The best of a great trilogy and a must read ( )
  dsha67 | Sep 28, 2020 |
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