Implacable Foes

Implacable Foes

War in the Pacific, 1944-1945

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At the end of World War Two, Americans clamored for their troops to come home. Politics intruded upon military policy while a new and untested president struggled to strategize among a military command that was often mired in rivalry. The task of defeating the Japanese seemed nearly unsurmountable, even while plans to invade the home islands were being drawn. In Implacable Foes, award-winning historians Heinrichs and Gallicchio bring to life the final year of World War Two in the Pacific right up to the dropping of the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, evoking not only Japanese policies of desperate defense, but the sometimes rancorous debates on the home front. They deliver a gripping and provocative narrative that challenges the decision-making of U.S. leaders and delineates the consequences of prioritizing the European front.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Oxford University Press,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780190616755
Characteristics: xiii, 711 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gallicchio, Marc S. 1954-- Author
Alternative Title: War in the Pacific, 1944-1945.
Summary: At the end of World War Two, Americans clamored for their troops to come home. Politics intruded upon military policy while a new and untested president struggled to strategize among a military command that was often mired in rivalry. The task of defeating the Japanese seemed nearly unsurmountable, even while plans to invade the home islands were being drawn. In Implacable Foes, award-winning historians Heinrichs and Gallicchio bring to life the final year of World War Two in the Pacific right up to the dropping of the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, evoking not only Japanese policies of desperate defense, but the sometimes rancorous debates on the home front. They deliver a gripping and provocative narrative that challenges the decision-making of U.S. leaders and delineates the consequences of prioritizing the European front.

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