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The United States Navy won such overwhelming victories in 1944 that had the Navy faced a different enemy the war would have been over at the conclusion of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. 

However, in the moment of victory on October 25, 1944, the US Navy found itself confronting an enemy that had been inconceivable until it appeared. The kamikaze, meaning 'divine wind' in Japanese, was something Americans were totally unprepared for; a violation of every belief held in the West. The attacks were terrifying: regardless of the damage inflicted on an attacking airplane, there was no certainty of safety aboard the ship until that airplane was completely destroyed. 

Based on first-person accounts, Tidal Wave is the story of the naval campaigns in the Pacific from the victory at Leyte Gulf to the end of the war, in which the US Navy would fight harder for survival than ever before.

©2018 Thomas McKelvey Cleaver (P)2018 Tantor Audio
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Horrible writing

The subject of this book looked intriguing, after reading Tolland, Hornfischer and the author's other book Pacific Thunder I thought I'd give it a try. Unfortunately it has some serious flaws. It's horribly disjointed, going from fighter pilot minutia to quoting nearly the entire surrender speech of Hirohito in the same paragraph. I really don't know what to make of this, it's all over the place, shifting gears and focus to the point of distraction. Too bad didn't borrow it from the library instead of buying it.

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very dry

minimal story, dry facts, audio seems computer constructed. disjointed at times. There are a few nuggets of interesting facts, but nothing inbellished.

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astounding read!

I really enjoyed this book a lot! highly detailed accounts of the battles for Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, & Okinawa from the air, sea, & land. narration was perfect, and the accounts of each engagement were superb! highly recommended!

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great book

must read/listen to this story because many facts have not been heard or read for a long time

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WW II Naval Air Warfare Pacific

I really enjoyed this book! Excellent narrative and a great story well worth telling aloud.

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  • 02-28-21

Incredibly Detailed

I've read several books on the Pacific campaigns in World War II and this one has to be one of the most thoroughly researched and detailed one I've come across. The level of detail is such that it could well be used as source material to recreate key battles for documentaries and movies. The author must've laboured hard to pull together all the various personal accounts, eye witness statements and action reports to produce this incredible account. I stress the point on detail, as this book even specifies the type of aircraft that took part, right down to the mark or variant! The level of attrition documented here is astonishing. The loss of Japanese aircraft was amazing. One wonders how on Earth at this late stage of the war, how the Japanese had as many aircraft as they did.

There are plenty of stories here I'd never heard before. This is, in part, due to the level of detail on offer here. The names of so many people, both allied and Japanese is testament to the work put into this book.

There were three stories of humanity shown in the face of inhumanity that in two cases, had some form of resolution over 50 years later. Small, personal accounts that might otherwise have been lost to history.

There is an awful lot of information to absorb here, so it can be difficult at times to know what accounts relate to what battles. This is where I agree with another reviewer who stated that the book wasn't particularly well structured. I'd be reading a lot of the time and wasn't' sure which battle or action was being referred to. It was a stream of information that seems to be a linear progression through multiple campaigns with little delineation. This didn't mar my enjoyment of the book, just made it harder to grasp the bigger picture. This less organized approach resulted in the Japanese Emperor's surrender speech being included twice in the course of the book.

Narration was good, with the reader able to pronounce complex Japanese titles and names well.

One aspect that was sadly not followed up on in any detail, was the revelation at the beginning of the book how some 20 years after the war, Japanese children and young adults were not taught the truth about the way Japan waged the war. I'd have been fascinated to know what they were taught about the war. All we find out is how a young Japanese pen pal was shocked upon hearing an American's version of the events of the war.

Tidal Wave: From Leyte Gulf to Tokyo Bay is a richly detailed account of the conflict in the latter part of the Pacific campaign as told from the point of view of the men who fought it. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a lower level account, rather than the overall picture so many books cover.

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  • 01-02-21

Dry

I only got up to chapter 4 but so far this book goes into painful detail of unimportant events.

A professor of history or a hard core expert arm chair historian might well like this. But for me this goes into too much detail about events that had no broader significance.