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The Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navy's Greatest Victory
  • ISBN/SKU: 978-1-68247-030-5
  • Binding: Paperback & eBook
  • Era: 20th Century
  • Number of Pages: 384
  • Subject: World War II
  • Date Available: May 2016
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The best way for today’s sailors to learn about a battle is from those who fought it. The Battle of Midway, commemorated annually in the U.S. Navy, warrants close attention. This Naval Institute guide includes some of the most vibrant and informed accounts by individuals who fought on both sides of the June 1942 battle. The anthology pulls together memoirs, articles, excerpts from other Naval Institute books, and relevant government documents to help readers understand what happened and explain why the battle was so significant to the naval service. The core of the book focuses on events leading up to the battle and the battle itself, with a separate section examining how others have interpreted the battle’s often desperate engagements. 

When the U.S. Navy stopped the Japanese steamroller off Midway Island, it not only turned the progress of the war but set the Navy’s foundation for future counter offensives. The Navy’s comeback spread to the Solomon Islands and on to the other key strategic areas in the Pacific. While many know that Midway was a crucial American victory, they often do not know the details of the battle. This book tells how, for example, the American PT boats contributed to the victory, how the carrier planes formed up for their attacks, and what role radar played in the battle. In addition to excerpts from books and articles, the guide includes selections from several important Naval Institute oral histories. From the enlisted man’s perspective all the way to the admiral’s, for both Americans and Japanese, readers see the U.S. Navy’s greatest victory as the participants saw it.

Thomas C. Hone is a former senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and a former member of the faculty of the Naval War College with a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author or coauthor of three books on naval administration and innovation, the coauthor of a book on the Navy between the world wars, and an award-winning author of articles and essays on naval and military affairs.  He resides in Arlington, VA.

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 ~ Praise for The Battle of Midway~

"Overall, The Battle of Midway is an excellent guide to a defining battle of modern history.  The reader will not come away with an in-depth understanding of the battle but will appreciate its significance and, more importantly, its complexity.  The diversity of the anthology means that this large collection of short articles provides an excellent starting point for new researchers and a handy reference for those with existing knowledge.  But, more importantly, its focus on the importance of the human dimension at all levels in complex warfare should see this book enter the professional reading list of every military member, irrespective of his or her rank or role."

– Australian Defence Force Journal

"Thomas Hone must be congratulated for his carefully selected and widely varied anthology spanning six decades from the 1950s onwards.  For those seeking to reassess the significance of this battle, and to be reminded of the extent to which its outcome was determined not only through bravery, skill and courage on both sides but also by a hefty slice of luck on the part of the Americans, this book is certainly recommended."

– Warship 2014

"A useful anthology on the June 1942 mêlée at Midway and its far-reaching significance. The work is an excellent reference collection for students, scholars, sailors, and general readers alike. The Battle of Midway is a useful compendium of relevant and authoritative sources illuminating the particulars of one of the most important contests of World War II. In The Battle of Midway, Hone presents a compelling case for the significance of the conflict. The result is an indispensable source for anyone interested in the battle, the Pacific War, or American naval history."

– The Journal of America's Military Past

“One of the best ways to learn about a sea fight is from those who took part and here Hone has painted a definitive portrait.”

– Warships International

“Hone’s choices and the structure of the book make it a jewel. He was limited in some sense to works published by NIP, but so much of that scholarship, both in book form and in the Naval Institute’s magazines, is recent that the anthology reads like new scholarship…. this is an excellent collection and those interested in naval history as well as professional officers of all stripes would be well-advised to have it in their collection. Bravo Zulu to Tom Hone, the authors, and the folks at the United States Naval Institute for bringing us this valuable collection.”, Naval Historical Foundation

“Will find an enduring audience.”

Naval History

“Hone manages to compress the varied perspectives of the battle into a single volume, producing a very readable anthology of history and analysis.”


"This Naval Institute guide includes some of the most vibrant and informed accounts by individuals who fought on both sides of the June 1942 battle."

Spartanburg (SC) Herald-Journal

“A refreshing and original look at a key American naval victory using judiciously-chosen reprints.”

Galveston Daily News

“Superb anthology, high recommended especially for public and college library collections.”

The Midwest Book Review

“An essential collection of Midway essays, expertly edited by Hone. This volume contains literally decades worth of research around this pivotal battle, providing the reader with a wide variety of perspectives and commentary on America’s most important naval victory.”

—Jonathan Parshall, coauthor of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway

“Midway stands as one of the most dramatic and important battles in all of naval history. From the rich resources of the U. S. Naval Institute, renowned historian Thomas C. Hone has compiled a most useful and engaging introduction to the battle that did so much to turn the tide of the Pacific War and that the U.S. Navy now annually commemorates.”

—John B. Lundstrom, author of Black Shoe Carrier Admiral: Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, Midway, and Guadalcanal

“A masterful, all-embracing work detailing both the American and Japanese sides of the pivotal Battle of Midway in World War II. Distinguished historian Thomas C. Hone has grouped power-packed chapters by acknowledged experts on all facets of the Battle of Midway. Thus he provides an absolutely essential and exceptionally comprehensive addition to the libraries of military historians and anyone interested in a complete and superbly analyzed understanding of one of the most important naval battles ever. An eminently readable book to be carefully digested and revisited often.”

—Douglas V. Smith, professor of strategy and policy, U.S. Naval War College, Historian General of the Naval Order of the United States, author of Carrier Battles: Command Decision in Harm’s Way, and editor of One Hundred Years of U.S. Navy Air Power

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