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World War Two in the Pacific/Bibliography

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A list of key readings about World War Two in the Pacific.
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see also BBI/Bibliography for China-Burma-India

  • Agawa, Hiroyuki. The Reluctant Admiral (1982) excerpt and text search
  • Appleman, Roy Edgar, et al. Okinawa: the last battle, (United States Army in World War II: The war in the Pacific) (1948), very thorough U.S. Army official history online edition
  • Bartley, Whitman S. Iwo Jima: Amphibious Epic (1954) online edition
  • Bergerud, Eric M. Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific (2000) online edition
  • Blair Jr., Clay, Silent Victory (1975), on submarines
  • Boggs, Major Charles W., Jr. Marine Aviation in the Philippines (1951) onlne edition
  • Buell, Thomas. Master of Seapower: A Biography of Admiral Ernest J. King (1976).
  • Buell, Thomas. The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond Spruance. (1974).
  • Costello, John. The Pacific War. (1982). survey
  • Craven, Wesley, and James Cate, eds. The Army Air Forces in World War II. (1958). Official history in 7 vol; Vol. 1, Plans and Early Operations, January 1939 to August 1942 online edition Vol. 4, The Pacific: Guadalcanal to Saipan, August 1942 to July 1944. 1950 online edition; Vol. 5, The Pacific: Matterhorn to Nagasaki. 1953. parts on-line
  • Dull, Paul S. A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy (1941 - 1945), (1978) (ISBN: 0870210971)
  • Dunnigan, James F., and Albert A. Nofi. The Pacific War Encyclopedia. (2 vol 1998) 772p.
  • Gailey, Harry A. The War in the Pacific: From Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay (1995) online edition
  • Hastings, Max. Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 (2008), 656pp
  • Hayashi, Saburo, and Alvin Coox. Kogun: The Japanese Army in the Pacific War. Quantico, Va.: Marine Corps Assoc., 1959.
  • Hsiung, James C. and Steven I. Levine, eds. China's Bitter Victory: The War with Japan, 1937–1945 (1992) online edition
  • Hsi-sheng, Ch'i. Nationalist China at War: Military Defeats and Political Collapse, 1937–1945 (1982)
  • Inoguchi, Rikihei, Tadashi Nakajima, and Robert Pineau. The Divine Wind. 1958. on Kamikaze.
  • James, D. Clayton The Years of MacArthur. Vol. 2., 1972.
  • Kirby, S. Woodburn. The War Against Japan. 4 vols. London: H.M.S.O., 1957-1965. Highly detailed official Royal Navy history.
  • Leary, William M., ed. We Shall Return: MacArthur's Commanders and the Defeat of Japan. (1988).
  • Long, Gavin. Australia in the War of 1939–45, Army. Vol. 7, The Final Campaigns. Canberra: Australian War Memorial, 1963.
  • McCarthy, Dudley. Australia in the War of 1939–45, Army. Vol. 5, South-West Pacific Area—First Year: Kokoda to Wau. Canberra: Australian War Memorial, 1959.
  • Marston, Daniel, ed. The Pacific War Companion: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima (2005), 272pp excerpt and text search
  • Matloff, Maurice, and Edwin M. Snell. Strategic Planning for Coalition Warfare 1941–1942], (1990), grand strategyfrom Washington perspective online edition
  • Morison, Samuel Eliot. History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. Vol. 3, The Rising Sun in the Pacific. (1961); Vol. 4, Coral Sea, Midway and Submarine Actions. 1949; Vol. 5, The Struggle for Guadalcanal. (1949); Vol. 6, Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier. 1950; Vol. 7, Aleutians, Gilberts, and Marshalls. (1951); Vol. 8, New Guinea and the Marianas. (1962); Vol. 12, Leyte. (1958); vol. 13, The Liberation of the Philippines: Luzon, Mindanao, the Visayas. (1959); Vol. 14, Victory in the Pacific. (1961). classic official history of U.S> Navy
  • Nichols, Chas. S. Jr., and Henry I. Shaw, Jr. Okinawa: Victory in the Pacific (1955), excellent official Marine Corps history; online edition
  • Okumiya, Masatake and Mitso Fuchida. Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan. (1955).
  • Potter, E. B. and Chester W. Nimitz. Triumph in the Pacific. (1963). Naval battles
  • Potter, E. B. Bull Halsey (1985).
  • Potter, E. B. Nimitz. (1976).
  • Prange, Gordon W. At Dawn We Slept. (1982) , the standard history of the Pearl Harbor attack excerpt and text search
  • Prange, Gordon W. Miracle at Midway. (1982), the standard history excerpt and text search
  • Shaw, Henry et al. History of U.S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II. Vol. I: Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal; Vol. II: Isolation of Rabaul; Vol. III: Central Pacific Drive; Vol. IV: Western Pacific Operations; and Vol. V: Victory and Occupation (1968) online edition
  • Smith, J. Douglas and Richard Jensen. World War II on the Web: A Guide to the Very Best Sites. (2002)
  • Spector, Ronald. Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan (1985). excerpt and text search
  • Toland, John. The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 (1970); Pulitzer Prize history from Japanese perspective; excerpt and text search
  • Willmott, H. P. Empires in Balance. (1982).
  • Weinberg, Gerhard L. A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II, (2005), the most thorough coverage of grand strategy excerpt and text search
  • Woodward, C. Vann. The Battle for Leyte Gulf (1947) online edition
  • Yahara, Hiromichi. The Battle For Okinawa (1997), Japanese perspective excerpt and text search
  • Y'Blood, William. Red Sun Setting: The Battle of the Philippine Sea. (1980).
  • Zimmerman, John L. The Guadalcanal Campaign (1949) online edition

Primary sources

  • Evans, David C., ed, The Japanese Navy In World War Ii: In the Words of Former Japanese Naval Officers, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 1993 (ISBN: 0870213164)
  • Sledge, E. B. With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa. Presidio, 1981. Memoir.

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