The Fleet at Flood Tide by James D Hornfischer

The Fleet at Flood Tide by James D Hornfischer The Fleet at Flood Tide by James D HornfischerThe Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 by James D. Hornfischer
Published by Bantam on November 1st 2016
Genres: History, War
Pages: 576

The Fleet at Flood Tide is an interesting, and thorough look at the latter part of the War in the Pacific, when the United States was coming into its supremacy as a naval power. The author draws on historical sources, as well as interviews to put human faces on a war. This might have been a battle between mighty fighting machines – battleships, cruisers, aircraft carriers – but it is ultimately people who do the fighting, and the dying.

I found the author did an excellent job of capturing the spectacles of some of the great battles taking place on the ocean, on land, and in the air, telling the stories of both the Admirals in charge, as well as the little man on the ground. He also builds a sense of the mounting pressures against Japan as the war rages on, and as the ramp up to the use of the Atomic bomb.

Once the bomb is dropped, I felt like the pressure valve had been released, and the book slows right down to consider the real effects and implications for Japanese society, and the world as a whole. I found the author’s handling of this delicate situation to be extremely sensitive and almost a relief after the tension which had been building for so long.

I really enjoyed The Fleet at Flood Tide, and it has made me want to read more books by this author. I have read a lot of books which cover the European Theater, and really enjoyed the coverage of the war in the pacific, which is much closer to home as an Australian. I think this will appeal to people with an interest in learning more about the War, or with a connection to those who may have fought in the conflict.

I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

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