Good books about World War II in the Pacific

THE ADMIRALS: NIMITZ, HALSEY, LEAHY, AND KING — THE FIVE-STAR ADMIRALS WHO WON THE WAR AT SEA BY WALTER R. BORNEMAN (2012) 522 PAGES ★★★★☆ — THE FOUR MEN WHO LED THE US NAVY IN WWII

THE FOUR ADMIRALS

THE FALL OF JAPAN: THE FINAL WEEKS OF WORLD WAR II IN THE PACIFIC BY WILLIAM CRAIG (1967) 394 PAGES ★★★★★ — THE UGLY BACKGROUND TO JAPAN’S UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER

UNCONDITIONAL: THE JAPANESE SURRENDER IN WORLD WAR II BY MARC GALLICCHIO (2020) 282 PAGES ★★★★☆ — THE UNCONDITIONAL JAPANESE SURRENDER IN WWII

WISHFUL THINKING ON BOTH SIDES

THE BOMBER MAFIA: A DREAM, A TEMPTATION, AND THE LONGEST NIGHT OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR BY MALCOLM GLADWELL (2021) 179 PAGES ★★★★☆ — MALCOLM GLADWELL WADES INTO THE DEBATE ABOUT STRATEGIC BOMBING IN WWII

RESCUE AT LOS BAÑOS: THE MOST DARING PRISON CAMP RAID OF WORLD WAR II BY BRUCE HENDERSON (2015) 389 PAGES ★★★★☆ — A SPECTACULAR WWII PRISON CAMP RESCUE, ONE THAT REALLY HAPPENED

A MODEL FOR RAIDS BEHIND ENEMY LINES

FORGOTTEN ALLY: CHINA’S WORLD WAR II, 1937–1945 BY RANA MITTER (2013) 480 PAGES ★★★★☆ — A GRIPPING HISTORY OF CHINA IN WORLD WAR II

SHANGHAI 1937: STALINGRAD ON THE YANGTZE BY PETER HARMSEN (2013) 390 PAGES ★★★★☆ — THE 1937 BATTLE OF SHANGHAI THAT STARTED WORLD WAR II

LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI: THE EPIC STORY OF THE CHINESE WHO FLED MAO’S REVOLUTION BY HELEN ZIA (2019) 493 PAGES ★★★★★ — A GRIPPING ACCOUNT OF FOUR YOUNG CHINESE IN REVOLUTION AND WWII

NOVELS ABOUT WWII IN THE PACIFIC

1942 BY ROBERT CONROY (2009) 369 PAGES ★★★★☆ — WHAT IF JAPAN HAD FINISHED THE JOB IN ITS ATTACK AT PEARL HARBOR?

1945 BY ROBERT CONROY (2007) 450 PAGES ★★★★★ — AN ALTERNATE WWII HISTORY: WHAT IF JAPAN HADN’T SURRENDERED?

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