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A list of key readings about Guadalcanal campaign.
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  • Bergerud, Eric M. Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific. (1997). ISBN 0-14-024696-7.
  • Bergerud, Eric M. Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific (2000) online edition
  • Cook, Charles The Battle of Cape Esperance: Encounter at Guadalcanal (1992) Naval Institute Press
  • Craven, Wesley Frank, and James Lea Cate, eds. The Army Air Forces in World War II: Vol. IV, The Pacific: Guadalcanal to Saipan, August 1942 to July 1944 official Air Force history online edition
  • Crenshaw, Russell The Battle of Tassafaronga (1995) Nautical and Aviation, Baltimore
  • Dull, Paul S. A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1941-1945. (1978). ISBN 0-87021-097-1. Dull's book, written principally from official Japanese records and histories, not only gives a Japanese view of the naval battles off Guadalcanal, it also has excellent track charts.
  • Gillespie, Oliver A. The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War, 1939–1945 (1952); The Battle for the Solomons (Chapter 7) online edition
  • Hart, Mike. "An Assessment of the Circumstances, Conduct and Consequences of the Battle of Savo Island, 8/9 August 1942." Journal of Australian Naval History (2005) 2(1): 52-82
  • Hone, Trent. "'Give Them Hell!': The US Navy's Night Combat Doctrine and the Campaign for Guadalcanal." War in History (Apr 2006), Vol. 13 Issue 2, pp. 171-199, in EBSCO
  • Hough, Lieutenant Colonel Frank O., Major Verle E. Ludwig, USMC and Henry I. Shaw, Jr. Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal History of U.S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II: Volume I (1958), the official Marine Corps history complete text online
  • Hoyt, Edwin P. Guadalcanal; (1981)
  • Koburger, Charles W. Pacific Turning Point: The Solomons Campaign, 1942-1943 (1995) online edition
  • Loxton, Bruce, and Chris Coulthard-Clark. The Shame of Savo: Anatomy of a Naval Disaster (1997). ISBN 1-86448-286-9.
  • Lundstrom, John B. First Team And the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942. (2nd ed 2005) ISBN 1-59114-472-8.
  • McGee, William L. The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943: From Guadalcanal to Bougainville--Pacific War Turning Point, Volume 2 (Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in WWII). (2002). ISBN 0-9701678-7-3.
  • Miller Jr., John. United States Army in World War II: Guadalcanal: the First Offensive (1949), the official Army history in the “Green” series; online edition
  • Morison, Samuel Eliot The Struggle for Guadalcanal, August 1942 – February 1943, vol. 5 of his History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. (1958). ISBN 0-316-58305-7.
  • Newcomb, Richard F. The Battle of Savo Island: The Harrowing Account of the Disastrous Night Battle Off Guadalcanal that Nearly Destroyed the Pacific Fleet in August 1942 (2002) excerpt and text search
  • Rottman, Gordon L. Japanese Army in World War II: The South Pacific and New Guinea, 1942-43 (2005). Osprey. ISBN 1-84176-870-7. online edition
  • Saltsman Jr., Ralph H. "The 67th Fighter Squadron 'Fighting Cocks' at Guadalcanal." Air Power History 47#4 (2000) pp 46+.
  • Smith, Michael T. Bloody Ridge: The Battle That Saved Guadalcanal. (2000). 264pp ISBN 0-7434-6321-8
  • Taylor, Theodore. The Magnificent Mitscher. (1954) 402 pp. biography
  • Warner, Denis Ashton, Warner, Peggy, Seno, Sadao Disaster in the Pacific: New Light on the Battle of Savo Island (1992)
  • Zimmerman, John L. The Guadalcanal Campaign (1949) online edition

Primary sources

  • Felber, Abraham. The Old Breed of Marine: A World War II Diary (2003) (ISBN 0-7864-1410-3) 257pp.
  • Hara, Tameichi, Saito, Fred, Pineau, Roger, Japanese Destroyer Captain: Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Midway - The Great Naval Battles As Seen Through Japanese Eyes (2007) Naval Institute, Annapolis (ISBN 978-1-59114-354-3) Captain Hara commanded a destroyer in many runs of the 'Tokyo Express' down 'The Slot' to Guadalcanal; his lively personal account also contains his criticism of errors on the Japanese side.
  • Merillat, Herbert Christian Guadalcanal Remembered (1982). 332 pp. Merillat's original diary, interspersed with much additional material to provide a more balanced history.
  • Merillat, Herbert The Island: A History of the First Marine Division on Guadalcanal August 7 - December 9, 1942, (1944)
  • Tanaka, Raizo The Struggle for Guadalcanal (1956) U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 82 (July 1956): 687-699, 83 (August 1956): 815-831; reprinted in Evans, David C. (editor) The Japanese Navy In World War Ii: In the Words of Former Japanese Naval Officers (1993) Naval Institute, Annapolis (ISBN 0-87021-316-4) Admiral Tanaka was the commander of many runs of the 'Tokyo Express' down 'The Slot' to Guadalcanal; his account concludes with a penetrating analysis of the reasons for the Japanese defeat at Guadalcanal.
  • Tregaskis, Richard Guadalcanal Diary (1943) ISBN 0-679-64023-1. excerpt and text search
  • Twining, Merrill B. No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal: the Memoir of Gen. Merrill B. Twining USMC (Ret.) (1996). online edition
  • Ugaki, Matome, Chihaya, Masataka (translator), Goldstein, Donald M., Dillon, Katherine V. (editors) Fading Victory: The Diary of Admiral Matome Ugaki, 1941-1945 (1991) University of Pittsburgh 731 pp. (ISBN 0-8229-3665-8) Admiral Ugaki's extensive diary provides a detailed view of how things appeared to the Japanese as the lengthy battle unfolded. Review

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Popular culture

  • The Thin Red Line is a 1998 war film which tells the American story. It was directed by Terrence Malick, who adapted the screenplay himself from the James Jones' best-selling novel "The Thin Red Line" (1962). It had previously been adapted in a 1964 film.

Further reading

see the detailed guide at the Bibliography subpage

  • Frank, Richard. Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle. (1990). ISBN 0-394-58875-4. excerpt and text search Frank's lengthy history utilizes all the sources now available, as well as the research of other authors.
  • Griffith, Samuel B. The Battle for Guadalcanal (1963). ISBN 0-252-06891-2. excerpt and text search Griffith fought in the battle, and later became a noted historian; his history is an excellent overview, and contains detailed maps.
  • Hammel, Eric. Guadalcanal: Starvation Island (1987) 448 pp. Hamel's multi-volume set is written in a lively style.
    • Hammel, Eric. Carrier Clash: The Invasion of Guadalcanal & The Battle of the Eastern Solomons August 1942 (1999). ISBN 0760320527.
    • Hammel, Eric Carrier Strike: The Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, October 1942 (1999). ISBN 0-935553-37-1.
    • Hammel, Eric Guadalcanal: Decision at Sea - The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, November 13-15, 1942 (1988) ISBN 0-517-56952-3. This volume, for which the author conducted extensive research among survivors, corrects a number of long-standing errors in other accounts of the action.
  • Hough, Lieutenant Colonel Frank O., Major Verle E. Ludwig, USMC and Henry I. Shaw, Jr. Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal History of U.S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II: Volume I (1958), the official Marine Corps history complete text online
  • Miller, Thomas G. Cactus Air Force. (1969). ISBN 0-934841-17-9. the classic history of the aerial component of the tripartite struggle for Guadalcanal.
  • Miller Jr., John. United States Army in World War II: Guadalcanal: the First Offensive (1949), the official Army history in the “Green” series; online edition
  • Morison, Samuel Eliot The Struggle for Guadalcanal, August 1942 – February 1943, vol. 5 of his History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. (1958). ISBN 0-316-58305-7.
  • Zimmerman, John L. The Guadalcanal Campaign (1949) online edition

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