Pacific Crucible by Ian Toll is an impressive book. Volume one of the author’s three volume study of the U.S. Navy’s war against Japan during WWII is a pleasant surprise. It is not a dry narrative of events, but rather a fascinating blend of personal stories and interesting facts. The reader will learn about the first six months of the war in the Pacific Ocean. The Pearl Harbor attack, the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, the Battle of the Coral Sea, and the Battle of Midway are covered in detail. The book has twenty pages of photographs and some maps.
I enjoyed this book very much. I found myself reading a sentence or paragraph and then having to set the book down and think about what I had just read. I have many pages bookmarked for future reference.
Pacific Crucible would be a good choice for readers with a passing interest in WWII history; and also for readers that have a deeper interest. I would recommend keeping extra bookmarks handy.
Ian Toll put tremendous effort into this book. I am sure that the subsequent volumes will not disappoint anyone. I would not hesitate to recommend Pacific Crucible to anyone interested in WWII.
Review by Jim G.