In a grand sweeping narrative, Pacific Air tells the inspiring story of how, despite initial disastrous defeats, a generation of young naval aviators challenged and ultimately vanquished a superior Japanese air force and fleet in the Pacific. The instruments of the United States aviators' triumphs were the elegantly designed F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, as well as the lethal TBF Avenger torpedo bomber. With superbly trained U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators at their controls, these planes became the most successful aerial weapons in naval history.
A majestic portrait of a proud era from dual perspectives--the inventive minds of young aeronautical engineers and the deadly artistry of even younger combat pilots--Pacific Air brings this important yet underappreciated chapter of World War II vividly to life.
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David Sears is a former U.S. Navy officer and author of four previous books, including Such Men As These and At War with the Wind. He lives in New Jersey.Review:
Reference and Research Book News, August 2011
“[An] engaging historical narrative of air efforts against the Japanese.” Book Bargains and Previews
“If you are a WWII history buff, you will want to get a copy of this book. It is a well-written history of brave pilots, smart tactics, and timely engineering ll in a very readable format.” Naval History, October 2011
“A most useful, readable, and far-reaching account...Sears brings a vitality and dedication to fully understanding the events about which he writes...Sears has covered a huge amount of useful and interesting information in a concise and extremely readable narrative.” Collected Miscellany, 9/19/11“Popular history at its best. Sears does an excellent job of writing about the American effort to defeat Japan during World War II in an easy-to-read format...Very entertaining.”
Michigan War Studies Review
“Sears writes in an engaging and fluent manner, deftly selecting the telling fact or compelling incident to bring his subject to life...Will entertain military buffs interested in rousing tales of fighter pilots ‘yankin' and bankin'’ in aerial combat.”
Bookviews, June 2011 “Provides a panorama of the battle against Japan...Anyone who loves military history will thoroughly enjoy the stories of the many young men who helped write it against daunting odds.”
“A well-researched, well-written work...The different engineering of such planes as the TBF Avenger, F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat is well explained and will surely be of interest to the subset of readers fascinated by aeronautical design and how it affects combat success.”
Kirkus Reviews, 5/1/11
“As a former naval officer who served during Vietnam, Sears brings an insider's knowledge of combat to this comprehensive history of the air war in the Pacific during World War II...A lively depiction of America's development of superior air power.”
War, Literature and the Arts“The book reads like a movie script: fast-paced, interlaced story-lines, weaving an array of historical personages into a vivid tapestry. Mr. Sears writes well and the book is difficult to put down...Sears’ history is composed of people, and the people he chooses to write about do great things. Nothing could be better.”
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Buchbeschreibung Da Capo Press, 2011. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers M0306819481
Buchbeschreibung Da Capo Press, 2011. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX0306819481
Buchbeschreibung Da Capo Press, 2011. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P110306819481
Buchbeschreibung Da Capo Press. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. 0306819481 New Condition. Buchnummer des Verkäufers NEW6.1083074