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Midway stands as one of the most dramatic and important battles in all of naval history. From the rich resources of the U. S. Naval Institute, renowned historian Thomas C. Hone has compiled a most useful and engaging introduction to the battle that did so much to turn the tide of the Pacific War and that the U.S. Navy now annually commemorates. JOHN B. LUNDSTROM, author of Black Shoe Carrier
Admiral: Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, Midway, and Guadalcanal

An essential collection of Midway essays, expertly edited by Hone. This volume contains literally decades worth of research around this pivotal battle, providing the reader with a wide variety of perspectives and commentary on Americas most important naval victory. JONATHAN PARSHALL, coauthor
of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway

A masterful, all-embracing work detailing both the American and Japanese sides of the pivotal Battle of Midway in World War II. Distinguished historian Thomas C. Hone has grouped power-packed chapters by acknowledged experts on all facets of the Battle of Midway. Thus he provides an absolutely essential and exceptionally comprehensive addition to the libraries of military historians and anyone interested in a complete and superbly analyzed understanding of one of the most important naval battles ever. An eminently readable book to be carefully digested and revisited often. DOUGLAS V. SMITH, professor of strategy and policy,
U.S. Naval War College, Historian General of the Naval Order of the United States, author of Carrier Battles: Command Decision in Harms Way, and editor of One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Air Power

CONTRIBUTORS: Walton Robinson, Mark Peattie, John

Lundstrom, Mitsuo Fuchida, Masatake Okumiya, Fred Woodrough Jr., E. B. Potter, Thomas J. Cutler, Dr. Fred Allison, H. H. Ferrier, Rich Pedroncelli, H. S. Parker Jr., ADM John S. Thach, Thomas B. Allen, Dr. Evelyn Cherpak, Yahachi Tanabe, Joseph D. Harrington, Bruce Linder, RADM Ernest M. Eller, John T. Mason Jr., RADM Raymond A. Spruance, Craig L. Symonds, Elliot Carlson, RADM Edwin T. Layton, Grant Sanger M.D., James Schlesinger, Lee Gaillard, CAPT Chris Johnson, CAPT Wayne P. Hughes Jr., Geoffrey Till, Jonathan Parshall, Anthony Tully, David Dickson, Peter C. Smith, Ronald W. Russell, and Brian Fort.


he best way for todays sailors to learn about a battle is from those who fought it. The Battle of Midway, commemorated annually in the U.S. Navy, warrants close attention because it was one of the greatest sea battles in history. This Naval Institute guide includes some of the most vibrant and informed accounts by individuals who fought on both sides of the June 1942 battle. The anthology pulls together memoirs, articles, excerpts from other Naval Institute books, and relevant government documents to help readers understand what happened and explain why the battle was so significant to the Navy and to the entire Pacific campaign. The core of the book focuses on events leading up to the battle and the battle itself, with a separate section examining how others have interpreted the battles often desperate engagements. When the U.S. Navy stopped the Japanese steamroller off Midway Island, it not only turned the tide in the Pacific war, but also set the Navys foundation for future counteroffensives, making victory not only possible but a virtual certainty. While this iconic battle is familiar to many, less known are many of the details. This book tells how, for example, American PT boats contributed to the victory, how carrier planes formed up for their attacks, and what role radar played in the battle. In addition to excerpts from books and articles, the guide includes selections from several important Naval Institute oral histories. From the perspective of the enlisted man all the way up to the admiral, for both Americans and Japanese, readers see the U.S. Navys greatest victory as the participants saw it.
THOMAS C. HONE, a former senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and a former faculty member of the U.S. Naval War College, holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author or coauthor of three books on naval administration and innovation, the coauthor of a book on the Navy between the world wars, and an award-winning author of articles and essays on naval and military affairs. He resides in Arlington, VA.

THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY: The Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navys Greatest Victory
Edited by Thomas C. Hone Publication date: 15 June 2013 384 pages, 50 b/w photos, 3 maps, notes, select bibliography, index. Hardcover list price: $28.95 30.50 ISBN: 978-1-61251-126-9 eBook available at publication date. History WWII
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