War in the Pacific: From Pearl Harbor to Toyko Bay by Harry A. Gailey
In this comprehensive one-volume history, Gailey chronicles the entire Pacific conflict, from events leading up to WWII and a comparison of Japanese and American societies, economies, military doctrines, and planning. The book covers all the significant actions of the Pacific theater, from the early Allied defeats to the last Japanese death throes. Gailey also offers a fresh interpretation of the great naval battle of Midway, a turning point of the war. Finally, he describes preparations for the dreaded invasion of the Japanese home islands, during which the planners simultaneously tried to create strategies to make it unnecessary.