Midway: Dauntless Victory-Fresh Perspectives on America's Seminal Naval Victory of World War II
Peter C. Smith. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Pen and Sword Books, Ltd., 2007. 378 pp. Illus. Appens. Index. $60.
Reviewed by Chief Warrant Officer Ronald W. Russell, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
Naval history students and scholars might rightly wonder why anyone at this late date would attempt yet another full-scale rendition of the Battle of Midway. Surely, it's a story that has been adequately told by now. But prolific British author Peter Smith's latest book not only retells the familiar story, it does so to a depth that is rarely, if ever, seen. He largely eschewed the battle's time-honored and well-worn references, instead undertaking original research into official archives in both the United States and Japan as well as extensive first-person interviews with Midway veterans in both countries. The result is an account of the battle that may somewhat resemble other volumes in style but definitely not in scope.