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06 Mar 2018 5:59 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "General Overvie of the Pacific Theater" to "General Overview of the Pacific Theater"

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BigJoeDuke06 Mar 2018 1:18 p.m. PST

I have a freind who has recently gone to the WWII museum ( I'm going back for my 5th trip next month ) and has become interested in the Pacific Theater. I am ( woefully ) ignorant on the theater, having only a curosry knowledge of it. He ( and now I ) is looking for a book that gives an overview of the theater, not a spcific battle or aynthing, but a broad look at it. Any recommendations?

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2018 1:47 p.m. PST

These are the two I always recommend:



Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2018 2:39 p.m. PST


One place to start is at the beginning. This is an excellent telling of the first Philippine Campaign. It explains a lot about how they fought, and the reasons the US did certain things that are often misinterpreted by those who know little about what happened.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Ed von HesseFedora06 Mar 2018 5:50 p.m. PST

If you ever get to Texas, visit the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg.

In the mean time check out the info here:

Ryan T06 Mar 2018 7:53 p.m. PST

Ronald Spector, Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan, (1985) is probably the best single volume overview of the war in the Pacific. It is, however, sadly lacking in maps, but this can be remedied by judicious use of online map searches.


Texas Jack07 Mar 2018 10:59 a.m. PST

I agree with Ryan T on Spectorīs book, it is excellent. I donīt know how many times I have read it, but itīs great every time. But yes, more maps would be useful.
Nevertheless, a great book and highly recommended.

BigJoeDuke08 Mar 2018 6:32 a.m. PST

Thanks, all, for the information. We've got some reading to do ! ( thnaks to whoever corrected my typo in the title, too )


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