The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)

  • by Craig L. Symonds
  • Narrated by James Lurie
  • 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk, and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever.
In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds, paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice. Symonds begins with the arrival of Admiral Chester A. Nimitz at Pearl Harbor after the devastating Japanese attack and describes the key events leading to the climactic battle, including both Coral Sea - the first battle in history against opposing carrier forces - and Jimmy Doolittle's daring raid of Tokyo. He focuses throughout on the people involved, offering telling portraits of Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, Spruance, and numerous other Americans, as well as the leading Japanese figures, including the poker-loving Admiral Yamamoto. Indeed, Symonds sheds much light on the aspects of Japanese culture - such as their single-minded devotion to combat, which led to poorly armored planes and inadequate fire-safety measures on their ships - that contributed to their defeat.
The author's account of the battle itself is masterful, weaving together the many disparate threads of attack - attacks which failed in the early going - that ultimately created a five-minute window in which three of the four Japanese carriers were mortally wounded, changing the course of the Pacific war in an eye-blink.
Symonds is the first historian to argue that the victory at Midway was not simply a matter of luck, pointing out that Nimitz had equal forces, superior intelligence, and the element of surprise. Nimitz had a strong hand, Symonds concludes, and he rightly expected to win.


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Customer Reviews

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acknowledgement of facts..?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes because it has a lot of info

What did you like best about this story?

A lot of extra info surrounding the Battle.

What didn’t you like about James Lurie’s performance?


Did The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History) inspire you to do anything?

Yes.. It inspired me to write the following comments.

Any additional comments?

I bought this due to my interest in the navel battle of midway, however I didn't want or care for the life stories of the few high ranked officers involved. But what made me write this review was the frustration in Craig Symonds lack of knowledge on the other Allied forces involved int the pacific war, mainly the Australians who defended Port Morsby. He states that the protection of Port Morsby relied only the carriers of the US Navy..? hahaha Well in actual fact they did nothing!! It was the Australians who defended Port Morsby an most of the rest of the far south Pacific.

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- Shannon

A very accurate and exciting position of the facts

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If WW11 in the Pacific is of interest to you, then this will hit the spot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

They all were, as without them working as a team together the complicated tactics deployed would of failed. Nimitz is the guy that stuck by the intelligence he was given and this proved the right thing to do.

What about James Lurie’s performance did you like?

Very punchy and convincing portrayal of the characters that made the Midway island so strategic to the success in the Pacific during WW11

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The USA's fight back to victory start's here.

Any additional comments?

Really entertaining, worth the purchase.

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- Karrie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-05-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios