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Fire in the sky : the air war in the South Pacific / Eric M. Bergerud.

By: Bergerud, Eric M.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview, 2001Description: xxviii, 723 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0813338697; 9780813338699.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific OceanDDC classification: 940.5426
Contents:
Defining the battlefield : air-base networks -- The land and air -- Japanese warplanes -- Allied aircraft -- Airmen in the South Pacific -- Deadly geometry : fighter warfare in the South Pacific -- Making history : bombers in the South Pacific.
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Bibliography: p. 695-702.

Includes index.

Defining the battlefield : air-base networks -- The land and air -- Japanese warplanes -- Allied aircraft -- Airmen in the South Pacific -- Deadly geometry : fighter warfare in the South Pacific -- Making history : bombers in the South Pacific.

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Library Journal Review

Part two in Bergerud's history of the Pacific War focuses on aviation's major contribution to the effort (Touched with Fire dealt with the land campaigns). The historian uses his trademark thoroughness, eyewitness interviews, and boundless energy to produce the unoriginal thesis that Japan's goal of expanding into the South Pacific was doomed by poor leadership and a military ethic that hindered its response to the Allied onslaught. While the author's theme is not new, his participant accounts add authenticity to the sweep of the story. Though Bergerud covers only the period from the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 to the close of 1943 (when he contends the war's outcome was no longer in doubt), he still dissects previously neglected facets of the battlegrounds, from the physical conditions and their health effects to the machinery for building landing fields. While repetitious and overly long, this wide-ranging history with aviation at its heart offers new perspectives on a brutal and epic war.--Mel D. Lane, Sacramento, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Remarkably little has been written on WW II air combat in the Pacific. The Pacific air war was small by WW II standards, but seizure of air bases was the central Allied strategy of the Pacific campaign. Bergerud's detailed analysis of the Pacific theater brings balance to the study of air power during WW II. The book is arranged topically in three parts. Part 1 deals with battlefields, strategy, and geography. Part 2 describes and assesses the effectiveness of the aircraft and the men who flew and maintained them. Part 3 consists of an analysis of air tactics and missions. Although the subject is largely technical, the study is well written and easily accessible to general readers. It is based primarily on interviews with Allied airmen, official histories, and secondary sources. It has too many long, unedited quotations, but they are nonetheless interesting. The author does not shy from controversy and offers opinions on nearly every aspect of the Pacific War, sometimes straying from his central topic. These shortcomings aside, this excellent book is a must for any WW II collection. All levels. C. J. Weeks; Southern Polytechnic State University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Eric M. Bergerud is professor of military and American history at Lincoln University in San Francisco

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