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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Prados Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Acclaimed World War II historian and military intelligence expert John Prados offers a provocative reassessment of the Allies’ battle for the Solomon Islands—a turbulent, dramatic campaign that, he argues, was the true turning point of the Pacific conflict.

Historians traditionally refer to the Battle of Midway as the point when Allied forces gained the advantage over the Japanese. In Islands of Destiny, Prados points out that the Japanese forces quickly regained strength after Midway and continued their assault undaunted. Taking this surprising fact as the start of his inquiry, he began to investigate how and when the Pacific tide turned in the Allies’ favor. His search led him to the decisive battles and strategic maneuvers in the fight for the Solomon Islands. 

Beginning with the invasion of Guadalcanal in August 1942, the Solomons became a hotly contested battleground for over a year, culminating in the isolation of Rabaul by the Allies. As military forces fought over the strategically important islands, a secret war of intelligence was also being waged. For a total picture of the conflict, Prados integrates blow-by-blow action on the ground with the code breaking, aerial reconnaissance, secret spy posts, and submarine scouting that were vital to the Allied effort. 

The Solomons arena saw some of the most intense combat of World War II—from major naval actions, including a key confrontation between battleships, to air battles that took place almost daily. With expert knowledge and crystal clear prose, John Prados illustrates why these events were not only thrilling, but pivotal in the Allies’ path to victory.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 9/27/2013

    " Good book, strong in detail and fact but not a smooth narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James Delaney | 8/30/2013

    " I love military history, but this is not an area, the campaign in the south Pacific, that I know that much about. I'm still reading this, but it's extremely well documented with primary sources. Mr. Prados has done a very nice job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve Bouldin | 8/4/2013

    " Good general campaign coverage. Heavy into the intelligence aspects. Conclusion surprising, and convincing. "

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