Never Look Back: A History of World War II in the Pacific
50 years ago, Japan attacked Pearl Harbour and brought a reluctant America into World War II. Armed with fresh materials, which have become available only in the last decade, Renzi and Roehrs take a critical look at the decisive Japanese-American episodes in "The Great Pacific War". Unlike standard histories of World War II, "Never Look Back" includes the Japanese perspective, bringing to light challenging facts: in "Operation Flying Elephant" the Japanese attempted to cause forest fires in the American West by releasing hydrogen-filled balloons. When Americans of Japanese ancestry were interned during the conflict, word reached Japan of their plight and resulted in even greater mistreatment of American POWs in Japan. It is argued that Japan did not surrender because of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki or because of the conventional firebombing or because of the US submarine campaign, but because the USSR entered the war.
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The bombs caused no damage , but greatly embarrassed Nimitz . His staff , after
much study , concluded that French Frigate Shoals had been used by the
Japanese planes as a refueling point , and the area was thereafter garrisoned by
Although Nimitz remained at Pearl , he had also left nothing to chance . As of May
30 he instituted aerial reconnaissance out of Midway by PBY Catalina flying
boats . Each day twenty - two of these aircraft flew in a spoke pattern 700 miles
But obviously Kinkaid , and more importantly , Nimitz at Pearl Harbor did not
approve of his actions . Their opinions count for more than all of the later
comment that could be , and has been , made . Nimitz ' s inquiry to Halsey , "
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Although presented as a history of the Pacific War from the Japanese point of view and a work that should provide new insights for Americans, this book by late historian Renzi fails to offer any new ... Read full review
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