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The Pacific War and Contingent VictoryIs a thoughtful book that asks the Reader Consider Some Interesting Uestions About to consider interesting uestions about the war could have gone differently This is a well written book with an interesting thesis however I did not find it particularly captivating ven with me being a history buff I do appreciate the rebuttal the author provides and articulates The premise of this book is straight forward My biggest issue with this book is that the Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets evidentiary support for the author s thesis is just as subjective as the position he attempts to debunk Subjective does not necessarilyual bad and overall I agree with his thesis but in the nd this book was less interesting and compelling than I had hoped If you are looking for an alternative history books this is not your book if you are looking at a book that analyze contigency this is your book In this book the authors demonstrate that Japan was not doomed to defeat in WW2 Theirs goals were realistic gaining a defensive perimiter and grinding American troops to have a netioated settelment that would leave them with their gains in the Pacific southwest They did improve their weapons and their army and air force were still considerable The author mention that Japn did have others strategy than a decisive single battleship duel Some officers wanted to invade Hawa in 1941 after Pearl Harbour attack when it was lightly defended They had the shipping and logistics if they could cancel their invasions of the Phillipines. Ge vision and authority to formulate and implement ffective strategy Both Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 exercised leadership by committee and Myers cogentlyxplains how this contributed to the contingent nature of the conflict A remarkable xercise in logical methods of strategic thinking his book analyzes decisive campaigns in the Pacific War xamining the conomic and strategic challenges that both sides faced and had to overcome to achieve victory Japan for instance had two goals going into the war to xpand the boundaries of what they termed the Greater East Asia Co Prosperity Sphere and to nd their long and frustrating war in China These goals .


And other isalndsThe Americans didin t have unlimited patience and manpower The Us goverment needed the war with japn to nd in less than 12 months after the defeat of nazi germany The Americans did made choices to make and if they would have deployed less soldiers in the Pacific in 1942 Japan could have won at Guadalcanal The americans torpedoes were defective till fall 1943 and Japan did make a mistake of not using its submarines against convoys and cargoes I wanted to like this book but the I read it the I thought that Myers was beating a Dead Straw Horse To straw horse to metaphors And for all that I don t think he made a strong case for why Allied victory in the Pacific wasn t inevitable I think his discussion would have been better informed by a discussion of the US home front and war weariness since he concedes that the only way Japan could win was by forcing the US to negotiate and a discussion of unconditional surrender in US strategic culture When making counterfactuals one needs to do better than say well this happened but it wasn t guaranteed to happen it is necessary to sort between plausible and implausible counterfactuals Myers really needed to grapple with how the US mobilized for and innovated during total wars in its past the civil war for La heredera del mar example While the civil war was a different sort of war than the Pacific war the US nevertheless mobilized in similarly creative ways invented new technology harnessed logistical and finan. S Myers shows us had unforeseen and devastating logistical and strategic conseuences But the United States faced similar problems as well as other hurdles specific to a nation not yet on full war footingOverturning conventional historiography The Pacific War and Contingent Victory clarifies the proper relationship between freedom and determinism in historical thinking A compelling retelling of the Pacific war that mightasily have been the book offers historical lessons in thinking about contemporary American foreign policy and American xceptionalism most saliently about the dangers of the presumption of American ascendan.

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The argument is fairly straightforward Is it true Japan was doomed to lose WWII as soon as they attacked America at Pearl Harbor Many writershistorians have taken this stance and uote the lose WWII as soon as they attacked America at Pearl Harbor Many writershistorians have taken this stance and uote the general Yamamoto I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve as vidence that Japan didn t have a chance against the USA They also point to the fact that America announced and followed a policy of fighting Germany first Instead Of The Enemy of the nemy actually attacked them as proof Japan did not have a chance to win against the USA However as the author points out for that to be true analysis ought to be able to demonstrate no reasonable way for Japan to win The author analyzes Japan s desired outcome no plan to invade USA mainland and then whether or not Japan had a chance to achieve their goal I won t go thru all of his arguments but I think he has some good points One I will mention the conomyindustrial might of the USA is often noted a reason Japan could not hope to win against the fforts of the USA The author does point out that Germany had all of mainland Europe to draw manpower and industry from and yet lost despite their advantage While this does not prove Japan could have won it does show that it is not without precedent for a nation with the industrial advantage to Lose The Book Itself The book itself a bit slow in parts but the time spent discussing possibilities and history are not wasted and this. About the Allies' victory in the Pacific in WWII it goes almost without uestion that Japan's defeat was inevitable in the face of overwhelming American military might and conomic power But the outcome Michael W Myers contends was actually anything but inevitable This book is Myers's thorough and deeply informed xplanation of how contingent the foregone conclusion of the war in the Pacific really wasHowever disproportionate their respective resources both Japan and the Allied forces confronted significant obstacles to ultimate victory One the two sides shared Myers shows was the lack of a single individual with the knowled.
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