The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945

The Fleet at Flood Tide America at Total War in the Pacific Timed to coincide with the th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor an unprecedented account of the monumental Pacific War campaign that brought the U S Navy to the apex of its power and suprem

  • Title: The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945
  • Author: James D. Hornfischer
  • ISBN: 9780345548702
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an unprecedented account of the monumental Pacific War campaign that brought the U.S Navy to the apex of its power and supremacy and established the foundation for America as the dominant global superpower, from the New York Times bestselling author cited as doing for the Navy what Stephen AmbroseTimed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an unprecedented account of the monumental Pacific War campaign that brought the U.S Navy to the apex of its power and supremacy and established the foundation for America as the dominant global superpower, from the New York Times bestselling author cited as doing for the Navy what Stephen Ambrose did for the Army Rocky Mountain News Distilling thousands of pages of primary source research, here is an extraordinary narrative orchestration of the most strategically vital operation of the Pacific War the U.S Fifth Fleet s seizure of the Marianas, a multi faceted exhibition of the new state of the art in warfare It was the Navy s first use of men who were the forerunners of today s SEALs It marked the emergence of America s capacity to launch cross hemispheric expeditionary operations It saw the flowering of American naval aviation and aircraft carrier power And shortly after a classified aviation outfit completed its secret training, Marianas based U.S airpower would shock the world with a first glimpse of nuclear fire From the epic seaborne invasion of Saipan, to the stunning spectacle of the aerial battles of the Marianas Turkey Shoot, to the grinding fight ashore between American and Japanese troops and the largest suicide attack of the war to the devastating bombing campaign that culminated with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Marianas were the fulcrum of the Pacific, conquered by naval, air, and ground force warriors who revolutionized warfare Filled with memorable action set pieces and closely observed portraits of the most compelling warriors and commanders of the day, The Fleet at Flood Tide is the broadly encompassing story of the most consequential campaign of WW2.
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    • Michael says:

      This is an excellent narrative account of the second half of the war in the Pacific, from 1944 to the end. Its military focus is balanced by the human side of things with character portraits of a select set of participants, including certain Japanese soldiers and civilians. The major topic is the fighting for the Marianas islands (Saipan, Guam, and Tinian) and the bombings of Japan made possible by those victories, the horrific firebombing of major cities and the culmination in the nuclear attac [...]

    • Tom Mathews says:

      Full disclosure: James D. Hornfischer’s first book, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour is my all-time favorite book about World War II or any war fought at sea. His thrilling narrative focuses on a small yet vital engagement of the Battle of Leyte Gulf and spins a story that makes the defense of the Alamo look tepid in comparison. But being able to tell the story of a battle does not automatically qualify one to tell the s [...]

    • happy says:

      In looking at the final year of World War II in the Pacific, Mr Hornfischer has written a superb account of the Marianas campaign and the ensuing bombing campaign that was launched from those islands, including the dropping the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and finally the early occupation of the Japanese homeland. In telling the story, the author focuses his story on the commander of the US Fifth Fleet, Raymond Spruance and the man who dropped the Bomb on Hiroshima – Paul Tibbets. In l [...]

    • Sweetwilliam says:

      I had been waiting for the release of the Fleet at Flood Tide with great anticipation and this book did not disappoint. This is the fourth book I have read by this author and like the others, the Fleet at Flood Tide deserves each of the five stars that I have awarded it.In his previous three books, James Hornfischer established that he has his finger on the pulse of Naval campaigns in the Pacific during WWII. In the Fleet at Flood Tide, Hornfischer demonstrates equal skill in describing the land [...]

    • Jim says:

      I have long been a student of US and US military history. Having had two now deceased uncles who both served in the European Theater and several familyfriends and parishioners who served in both the European and Pacific Theaters, books about the Second World War have always interested me.When I saw James Hornfischer’s book, The Fleet at Flood Tide (TBP 2016 by Bantam) was available for request and review, I requested it thinking that it would be another great book on the exploits of the Americ [...]

    • Nooilforpacifists says:

      Sometime between "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" and this book, Hornfischer morphed from a decent, but hardly exceptional author, to a masterful one, capped by in-depth research. And he's describing battles that I've not only read about but visited the (land) battlefields. This book is split into three parts: Sea, Land and Air. The first section relates the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot", the carrier battle that destroyed Japan's carrier air arm (though sinking only two carriers). Despite bei [...]

    • Thomas says:

      This is a magisterial view of the US Navy in the Pacific from 1944 to 1945. The author points out that were it not for the capture of Saipan, Tinian and Guam, the war would have gone on beyond 1945 with hundreds of thousands more lives, both US and Japanese, lost. The planes that dropped the atomic bombs on Japan took off from Tinian. The author gives a blow by blow account of the invasion of these three islands and of the naval strategy that led to the end of the war. He says that this book is [...]

    • David Eppenstein says:

      I really enjoy reading history but I have to admit that the history of WWII is probably my least favorite subject area. I think the reasons for this are that this war was too clearly defined in terms of good guys and bad guys and it was too thoroughly documented and recorded. Of course let's not forget the History Channel doing this war to death with exposure. It would appear to me that any author wishing to write anything about this war must first possess the talent of restraint, knowing what t [...]

    • Mike Kershaw says:

      This is the third in Hornfischer's excellent trilogy of the American War in the Pacific. Beginning with the campaign to take the Marianas, he chooses to focus on Admiral Raymond Spruance, the amphibious duo of General Holland Smith and Admiral Kelly Turner and Colonel Paul Tibbets, the Commander of the mission to drop the Atomic Bomb. Along the way, he further develops the story of the "Fast Carriers" Task Forces which came to dominate the Pacific War, introduces us to the Navy Underwater Demoli [...]

    • Jean Poulos says:

      Hornfischer’s new book “The Fleet at Flood Tide” is about the U. S. invasion of Saipan. The author details the fighting on shore, which he states inaugurated a new level of violence in the Pacific War. He discusses the ritual suicides of the Japanese garrison and the civilians.Hornfischer states that the invasion of the Marianas was the critical moment in the Pacific Theatre. It marked the penetration of Japan’s inner ring of defenses, it also triggered the first full-scale fleet engagem [...]

    • Kathy Heare Watts says:

      I won a copy of this book in a giveaway and have now passed the book onto my son who is in the military. This book encompasses the final year during World War II and pivotal turning points that helped bring an end to the war.

    • Sherwood Smith says:

      This extraordinarily well-written history of the second half of the war in the Pacific continues on from an earlier book by the same author (which I have in paperback, and will be reading).This one begins in 1944. It’s off to a slow start as we get caught up on the details of ships, material, training, and leaders among the Americans, and the background lives of some Japanese, both military and civilian. The mass of information pays off when we get to Spruance’s fleet encountering the Japane [...]

    • Mac McCormick III says:

      This is a book that may take some readers by surprise, you have to consider the subtitle more than you do the title. Instead of a narrative of the final phase of World War II in the Pacific, it is a book about Total War in the Pacific. Primarily, Hornfischer looks at the Pacific War from the Marianas to the fall of Japan from the perspective of Admiral Raymond Spruance, Admiral Kelly Turner, and Colonel Paul Tibbets (others are included as well, I particularly enjoyed the story of Draper Kauffma [...]

    • Maria says:

      Hornfischer uses primary sources and individual experiences to weave together the vast story of the war in the Pacific starting with the U.S. invasion of the Mariana Islands in June 1941. While the scope of the book is huge, the glimpses into Japanese and American fighting forces helps ground the action in reality, detail and humanity.Why I started this book: I was thrilled that Hornfischer was writing another book. I had enjoyed his other books The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraor [...]

    • Dachokie says:

      America’s Path to Being a Superpower This book was reviewed as part of 's Vine program which included a free copy of the book.My interest in World War II started at age 11 and it is still going strong 39 years later, because of books like this. James Hornfischer’s THE FLEET at FLOOD TIDE takes a unique approach in presenting the US victory over Japan and details the rationale behind the decision to use the atomic bomb. What makes this book unique is that the author opted to take a more “li [...]

    • J.S. says:

      I've been a fan of James Hornfischer since reading The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors several years ago. His writing can be a bit dense and often takes me a while to get into it, but it's well worth the effort. The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 wasn't quite what I was expecting. Although the dates '1944-1945' in the subtitle made me think it would be a history of the war for those two years (similar to the way Ian Toll's excellent Pacific Crucible chronic [...]

    • Halina Repp says:

      The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 by James D. HornfischerI found the book tedious at times, too much attention paid to the official designation of military units; e.g. 2nd platoon, company 3, 4th battalion, 1st regiment, 2nd division . . . and so on. Those passages demonstrated the author's scholarship but might be uninteresting to anyone other than a military historian. When the author gets into the recorded conversations of participants, at both the comman [...]

    • Rod says:

      I have been a big fan of Hornfischer's previous three books on the U.S. Navy in WWII. This one is not up to those standards. First, There is a distinct lack of focus. The title is misleading. The book goes into great detail about the battle for Saipan, and to a lesser degree Tinian and Guam. This covers the summer of 1944 and is over 1/3 of the book. The rest of the book treats the remaining naval operations of the war in a cursory manner. The author uses Raymond Spruance as a cornerstone, detai [...]

    • Edgar Raines says:

      This is a beautifully written, well researched book, particularly using U.S. Marine Corps and Navy records. It is the story of the landings in Saipan, Tinian, and Guam in 1944 and the consequences that flowed from these victories. The book has two major protagonists, Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, and Col. Paul Tibbets, commander of the 509th Composite Bomb Group, which based on Tinian dropped the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The disparity in rank [...]

    • Tom says:

      good discussion concerning the training for the delivery of the A bombs over Japan in 1945; plus the recovery of Japan after thewar.

    • Peter says:

      The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific 1944-1945 (2016) is James Hornfischer’s fourth book on the Pacific War. His 2004 book The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors was quite a treat, and this book continues the tradition. Hornfischer’s oeuvre is the well-travelled story of the Navy and its ground arm, the Marine Corps, as they marched (well, sailed and slogged) from the battles on the Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal) north of Papua New Guinea to the Caroline Islands (Palau, [...]

    • Peter Goodman says:

      “The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at total war in the Pacific, 1944-1945,” by James D. Hornfischer (Random House, 2016). Hornfischer wrote “The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors,” about the small boys of Taffy 3 at Leyte, and “Neptune’s Inferno,” about the naval campaign of Guadalcanal. Here he describes the final campaign of the Pacific War, when the US navy was at full strength, had gotten the technique of amphibious assault almost down pat, and began to crush Japan. Hornfischer [...]

    • Michael Jandrok says:

      James D. Hornfischer’s “The Fleet at Flood Tide”, subtitled “America at Total War in the Pacific 1944-1945”, is quite possibly the best naval history that I have ever read, and is an immense contribution to the history of the latter stages to the endgame of the Pacific War in World War II. It’s a vastly enlightening book that takes the reader directly inside the command decisions and the battle lines that shaped some of the most momentous events ever undertaken during wartime. 503 pa [...]

    • Anthony Whitt says:

      Detailed and thorough analysis of the last year of the war in the Pacific and the decision to use atomic weapons to end the endless and growing loss of life on both sides. A must read for those that doubt the wisdom of using the ultimate weapon that became available at the most opportune moment to convince the fanatical leaders of Japan to surrender. An excellent read that covers the personal viewpoints of individuals caught up in a brutal war and the harsh decisions facing commanders. Good fact [...]

    • Curtiss says:

      Just finished reading “The Fleet at Flood Tide,” a superlative account of the final year and a half of the war in the Pacific, by James D. Hornfischer; author of “Neptune’s Inferno” on the Guadalcanal Campaign, and “Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors” on the Battle of Cape Samar. In addition to Hornfischer’s ongoing portrait of Admiral Spruance as America’s “indispensable” Fleet Commander, this dramatic tale of the Pacific War incorporates the story of Draper Kauffman, an ad [...]

    • William says:

      An impressive amount of varied research was necessary for this work. The writing was dense with detail but always pleasant, and the narrative flows so smoothly. Hornfisher does much more than simply re-hash previously published works; he makes a well-covered topic a good read for those interested in this topic.

    • Jonathan says:

      A solid popular history of the Second World War in the Pacific, with the emphasis on naval operations. And yet, much print is devoted to the land and aerial campaigns against the Japanese, highlighting the combined nature of operations in modern warfare.

    • Brian says:

      Very good narrative history of the last year of the Pacific War - Hornfischer looks at the war through 3 lenses: naval, air, and ground. Hornfischer offers a nice, clear narrative. He also does a nice job bringing personalities to life. Finally, he offers a very thoughtful discussion of the use of the atomic bomb.

    • Ross says:

      This is a highly detailed history of the final year of the war in the Pacific, including the preparation for and dropping of the atomic bombs.The author praises Adm. Raymond Spruance and his leadership, and also covers the poor leadership of other admirals. One an alcoholic and another a blustering overgrown child.This is a book for those, like myself, who enjoy the fine detail as well as the big picture of the navy's war to defeat Japan.

    • Gary says:

      This a rather a quirky history of the last year of war in the Pacific, in that I felt challenged trying to determine its organizing principle. I went into the book assuming it was going to present a history of all the campaigns that took U.S. forces hopscotching across the theater to Japan, but that was not to be. The battle of Saipan is a centerpiece of the first part of the book, told in great detail. But from there, the battles for Iwo Jima and Okinawa are mentioned but briefly, and the retak [...]

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