Review of the Conquering Tide by Ian Toll

The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 - Ian W. Toll

Ian Toll is one of my favorite writers of history.  His book Six Frigates on the founding of the United States Navy rans of one of my all timers.  This book is the second of what will be a trilogy focusing on the U.S. war in the Pacific during World War II.  I liked the first book better because I think I enjoyed the background stories of the major players and the countries more than I enjoyed the descriptions of the military battles.  Also, Pearl Harbor and Midway were very interesting stories for me.  I enjoyed this book, but felt that most of the battle blended together and it was difficult to distinguish them in my mind.  The writing was still outstanding, and the background stories were still the best part, but there were fewer of them as most of it was covered in the first book.  Still highly recommended and I am looking forward to the final book in the trilogy in the next year or two.