Allies against the Rising Sun: The United States, the British Nations, and the Defeat of Imperial Japan
Nicholas Evan Sarantakes. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2009. 458 pp. Illus. Intro. Notes. Bib. Index. $39.95
Reviewed by Ashley Jackson
This is a wonderfully well-integrated work of imperial, military, naval and diplomatic history. Nicholas Sarantakes' splendid book about the political and military alliance between America and the nations of the British Commonwealth in the Pacific during World War II has been heralded by articles in prestigious journals such as Diplomatic History and English Historical Review. His work on the fraught but ultimately successful alliance-making among the various parties in a theater of war where America was utterly dominant is both necessary and unique. He chronicles the politics surrounding the creation and deployment of the British Pacific Fleet, its operational role against Japan in the final months of the war, when its fleet carriers braved the kamikazes alongside their American allies, and the planned deployment of a Commonwealth army and air force to take part in the assault on the Japanese home islands.