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The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – November 1997

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Morison's 15-volume history of US naval operations in World War II is often regarded as a definitive account. This book distills that material into one volume, and combines historical analysis with the author's personal experience as an admiral in the war. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


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Morison provides excellent coverage of the role of the U.S. Navy during World War II. However, the coverage is very broad, rating a five star for those wishing to obtain an understanding of the Navy's role in World War II, but rating about a 2 or 3 star for serious students of the war.
There are a number of excellent points to be made about the book: (1) it is easy to read; (2) Morison talks "Navy talk" without apology (so get out your dictionary at times); (3) maps are generally there when you need them, although more camnpaign maps would be appreciated; (4) Morison speaks with authority on the subject since he was really there; and (5) a nice touch: an evaluation, in the last chapter, of the U.S. Navy commanders who had a say so in how the war went.
This is a very fine book for the general reader and those specialists wishing to get back to the "broad picture" or string of events. For the student of the war, the book lacks depth in specific events, and this is certainly excusable since volumes have been written on specific events, such as Okinawa, Tarara, Overlord, the sinking of the Yamato, and so on.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best One Volume History of the USN in WWII out there 16. November 2010
Von Bill Pilon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Two Ocean War by Samuel Eliot Morison is a one volume abridgement of Morison's 15 volume History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. What makes Two Ocean War a particularly interesting book is Morison's contemporaneous access to the major players in the US Navy during the war. At the beginning of WWII, Morison, a Harvard history professor and friend of FDR, proposed writing and official history of the war from the inside. FDR and SecNav Frank Knox agreed, commissioned Morison a LTCDR USNR and turned him loose.

Morison apparently went wherever he wanted during the war to "get the story". During the war be sailed on convoy duty in the Atlantic twice, watched the TORCH landings from USS Brooklyn, made a cruise with "Ching" Lee's fast battleships, patrolled "the Slot" with PT boats, and was present at the battle of Kolombangara (USS Honolulu), the invasions of the Gilberts (USS Baltimore) and the Marianas (USS Honolulu) before wrapping things up in 1945 aboard USS Tennessee as it pounded Okinawa before and during the invasion.

As a result of his unprecedented access, Morison's writing displays a great familiarity with the personalities of the Admirals involved I the operations. At times one almost gets the impression that Morison is writing about the doings of his friends to be read by other friends. He has a very lively writing style, which strikes a good blend of narrative and exposition. He not only tells the reader what happened, but when appropriate, why it happened. I wonder if the 15 volume history (of which this is supposed to be an abridgement) features the same writing style.

There are only a few small criticisms of the book. First, it is, as one might expect from a history of US Naval Operations in WWII very Pacific-centric. Although operations in the Atlantic and Med are covered, they have nothing like the detail of those in the Pacific. This includes the Battle of the Atlantic, which is given a cursory examination and account. However since it was largely a British battle I suppose this makes some sense.

The second criticism is kind of the "flip side" of Morison's access and apparent acquaintance with the Admirals involved. There is very little serious criticism of American forces involved. Even Halsey gets no more than a nominal "tutt-tutt" finger shake for haring off after Ozawa's empty carriers and leaving Ziggy Sprague's behind flapping in the breeze at Samar Island.

Which those provisos, this is still the best one volume account of the American Navy in WWII, especially in the Pacific, that I've ever seen or heard about. I recommend it highly for anyone who wants to understand the USNs experience in WWII.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen documentary with tons of information 8. November 2010
Von DL - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'd just completed intensive research regarding the War in Bataan and Luzon and was directed toward Morison's fine book. It added some information that seemed unattainable elsewhere and caused me to reassess several conclusions I had come to. If you're looking for great writing in the fiction genre, this is not the book, though the author has a few surprisingly good passages that a good historical fiction writer might pay attention to, but for the most part, "Two Oceans" is a facinating factual account of some of the most grueling and exciting days of the war in the Pacific. Written by a Navy man -it has a touch of glory and shame for the seagoing and little detail of any land battles. For World War II buffs, a must have.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read for anyone wanting to understand the WWII ... 1. September 2016
Von Woody 2 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A must read for anyone wanting to understand the WWII war at sea. Condenses highlights from Morrison's 15 volume "History Naval Operations in WWII. This later provided the material for the critically acclaimed NBC series "Victory at Sea"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Good book of U.S. Navy history in WW-II. Well written!. 31. Juli 2016
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I participate in some of the Pacific Ocean events well covered by the author Morison. It was a trip back in time and I enjoyed it as a senior of 900 years old but it wasn't exactly fun at the time.
5.0 von 5 Sternen None better to understand both oceans simeltaneous wars 9. Mai 2015
Von Joe D. White - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have read this book twice, 25 years apart. I consider it maybe the best information of the ocean wars because of the many charts and maps following the narrative. The last of the book gave credit to the admirals and other officers that did outstanding planning and execution efforts. j
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