Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 - Ian W. Toll This is exactly how all history books should be written. I was a big fan of Ian Toll's earlier book Six Frigates, and was very excited to read his new offering. This book covers the first two years of the War in the Pacific, but it is so much more than that. Outside of the military history, Toll goes in depth to look at the attitudes toward war, politics, colonialism, the Navy, etc... for both sides. I found the entire read fascinating. The last great chapter of the book covers the battle at Midway, and I found it to be detailed yet written by an exceptional storyteller. He wrote the story in a way that made following the battle easy and understanding the decisions possible. I cannot rave enough about this book.

I had read rumors that this would be the first of two or three books by Toll on the Pacific War. I hope that is true and am excited to read any future books by the author.