Miracle at Midway Author:Gordon William Prange, Donald M. Goldstein Seven months after blitzing Pearl Harbor, the Japanese commander, Admiral Yamamoto, prepared to finish his work. He targeted a smaller United States force commanded by Chester Nimitz, a junior admiral. Given the superiority of the Japanese fleet, Yamamoto had every reason to expect victory. But we had broken the Japanese code and Nimitz learned... more » of Yamamoto's plans. He responded with tactics of beautiful flexibility. The Japanese, ablaze with confidence, suffered a crippling reverse. Midway put our navy back on its feet. Based on original archival research as well as exclusive interviews with survivors on both sides, this book is a majestic sequel to AT DAWN WE SLEPT, also by Gordon W. Prange.« less
Having read numerous books on the Battle of Midway (WW II), I wondered how this one would differ, if it in fact did.
I was pleasantly surprised with a well written and entertaining book that offered a much different perspective on the battle, with more time spent on the reasons for the decisions made than on the action themselves.
The authors also went into more depth on the reasons for the U.S. success, and expanded these reasons far beyond the simplistic ones often offered in books about this battle.
The character development (Yet, this is not a novel) of the major and many mid-level officers is greatly expanded, and, in many cases, reveals tragic flaws in some men who are often portrayed as faultless.
I highly recommend this book to those interested in this battle. You may not always agree with the authors' finding, but they deserve a hearing.