- ISBN/SKU: 9781591149569
- Binding: Hardcover & eBook
- Era: WWII
- Number of Pages: 415
- Subject: History
- Date Available: October 2010
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Glen Williford lends new insight into the reasons for America's relatively quick comeback from the attack on Pearl Harbor. For the first time, he tells the complete story of American efforts to build and reinforce its Pacific garrisons in the Philippines and Hawaii during the six months prior to the war and to supply Bataan and Corregidor in early 1942. One effort involved a carefully organized convoy and air ferry routes that were reaching their heights in December 1941. The author fully describes the reinforcement efforts in the context of both the existing military strategies and the realities and physical limits of America's defense capabilities at the time. It concludes with an examination of the transition from the desperate defensive efforts to protect lines of communication to Australia and build a major base there to using these assets to resume the offensive
Glen M. Williford is the coauthor of four books on coastal defense, including Defenses of Pearl Harbor and Oahu 1907-1950. He lives in Indianapolis, IN.
Praise for Racing the Sunrise
“…An incredible narrative…a useful introductory text for any Second World War history class and to those in search of a more detailed catalog of American military deployments in the Pacific.”
— Army History, Summer 2012
“It is obvious that Glen Williford is passionate about the subject matter and has walked the battlefields he writes about in this book; Racing the Sunrise is a tremendous effort and should serve as a valuable resource for those interested in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.”
— Pacific Affairs, March 2012
“Thank heaven for author and benefactor Edward S. Miller and the Naval Institute Press. Here they have underwritten an extremely worthwhile effort by independent scholar Glen M. Williford who has written in the past about harbor and coast defenses of the United States in the Pacific. For researchers this book is a gold mine of tables for equipment, shipping schedules, and aircraft ferry routes so that one can understand the enormity of the challenge faced by the United States in 1940 when it realized how unprepared it was for war in the Far East. This book really gives the reader the story of how and why these often dry and ‘uninteresting’ operations were absolutely critical to the later success of the United States and its Allies in the Pacific….the book is a valuable resource that fills an existing gap in the literature on the outbreak of war in the Pacific and is highly recommended for all historians of World War II.”
— Military Review, January-February 2012
“Glen Williford has done his homework and it shows. This is a remarkably detailed and thorough study of the problems facing the United States (and its Pacific allies) prior to and just after the outbreak of World War II.”
— The Journal of America’s Military Past, Fall 2011
“The book provides an excellent nuts and bolts description of the U.S. Pacific buildup during the year long run-up to war and the key first few months thereafter. The book should be considered a necessity for anyone with a serious interest in the early phases of the Pacific War as it makes clear on multiple levels the severe limits of U.S. force projection abilities in the South and Southwest Pacific in early 1942. The book should also be of interest to those who enjoy exploring Pearl Harbor conspiracy theories as it makes clear in detail that no service expected a war exactly where and how Pearl Harbor gave it to them. Indeed the sections on the reinforcement of the Philippines and Netherlands East Indies show how improvised and limited US capabilities at this stage of the war were and how shocked higher command in Washington was at the entire strategic situation. The book succeeds on many levels and is well worth the reader’s time.”
— The NYMAS Review, Fall 2011
“The author fills a long-standing gap in the history of World War II in the Pacific with this highly detailed book.”
— Seapower, August 2011
"Racing the Sunrise, provides an excellent nuts-and-bolts treatment of the US build-up in the Pacific during the year-long run-up to war and the critical first few months after it began. . . .The book should be considered a necessity for anyone with a serious interest in the early phases of the Pacific War. It should also be of interest to those who enjoy exploring Pearl Harbor conspiracy theories, as it demonstrates in detail that neither service expected a war exactly where and how the Japanese gave it to them. . . .Racing the Sunrise succeeds on many levels and is well worth the reader's time."
—StrategyPage.com, April 2011