Pacific Air: How Fearless Flyboys, Peerless Aircraft, and Fast Flattops Conquered the Skies in the War with Japan

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Curled Up with a Good Book, 12/23/11 "A great read...Bring[s] the war to life...A great look at the Pacific War from the air, capturing all the cockiness, drama, and heartbreak as friends are lost, some never to be seen again. Anybody with an interest in World War II will find this a valuable addition to their collection." Military Review, February 2012 "A compelling, readable account of aerial combat." 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." 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." Booklist, June 2011"[An] excellent volume on the navy's air war in the Pacific during WWII...The author has almost certainly created the best one-volume study of the subject; libraries, take note." Roanoke Times, 5/29/11"Sears illustrates the brilliant designs and incredible productiveness of the airplane builders and the heroic fortitude of U.S. sailors and airmen, whose gallantry helped lift the nation from the blood and smoke of Pearl Harbor to triumph in Tokyo Bay." Tucson Citizen, 5/26/11"[A] wonderfully executed new book...Combining gripping personal stories with detailed military history, this page-turning book tells reveals sobering details of how a group of superbly trained Navy and Marine pilots...destroyed more than 5,000 Japanese aircraft." 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."InfoDad.com, 6/9/11 "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." Corduroy Books blog, 6/13/11 "Compulsively readable." Relaxed Fit E-Zine, 6/6/11 "A nuts-and-bolts, briefing room viewpoint...An accurate, detailed narrative, covering the War in the Pacific at squadron level...Worth reading." WWII History, September 2011"An excellent book...Sears's account is a tribute to the men who pioneered the aerial tactics that enabled the Navy and Marine aviators to beat the Japanese at their own game--and achieve victory." Veterans Reporter, June 2011 "The stories in this book should be taught in every American history class, and in every military basic training course." 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." 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. Booklist, June 2011 [An] excellent volume on the navy s air war in the Pacific during WWII The author has almost certainly created the best one-volume study of the subject; libraries, take note. Roanoke Times, 5/29/11 Sears illustrates the brilliant designs and incredible productiveness of the airplane builders and the heroic fortitude of U.S. sailors and airmen, whose gallantry helped lift the nation from the blood and smoke of Pearl Harbor to triumph in Tokyo Bay. Tucson Citizen, 5/26/11 [A] wonderfully executed new book Combining gripping personal stories with detailed military history, this page-turning book tells reveals sobering details of how a group of superbly trained Navy and Marine pilots destroyed more than 5,000 Japanese aircraft. " Curled Up with a Good Book, 12/23/11 A great read...Bring[s] the war to life A great look at the Pacific War from the air, capturing all the cockiness, drama, and heartbreak as friends are lost, some never to be seen again. Anybody with an interest in World War II will find this a valuable addition to their collection. Military Review, February 2012 A compelling, readable account of aerial combat. 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. " 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. InfoDad.com, 6/9/11 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. Corduroy Books blog, 6/13/11 Compulsively readable. Relaxed Fit E-Zine, 6/6/11 A nuts-and-bolts, briefing room viewpoint An accurate, detailed narrative, covering the War in the Pacific at squadron level Worth reading. WWII History, September 2011 An excellent book Sears s account is a tribute to the men who pioneered the aerial tactics that enabled the Navy and Marine aviators to beat the Japanese at their own game and achieve victory. Veterans Reporter, June 2011 The stories in this book should be taught in every American history class, and in every military basic training course. " "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.""Booklist, "June 2011"[An] excellent volume on the navy's air war in the Pacific during WWII...The author has almost certainly created the best one-volume study of the subject; libraries, take note." "Roanoke"" Times, "5/29/11"Sears illustrates the brilliant designs and incredible productiveness of the airplane builders and the heroic fortitude of U.S. sailors and airmen, whose gallantry helped lift the nation from the blood and smoke of Pearl Harbor to triumph in Tokyo Bay." "Tucson Citizen, "5/26/11"[A] wonderfully executed new book...Combining gripping personal stories with detailed military history, this page-turning book tells reveals sobering details of how a group of superbly trained Navy and Marine pilots...destroyed more than 5,000 Japanese aircraft." 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." InfoDad.com, 6/9/11 "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."Corduroy Books blog, 6/13/11 "Compulsively readable." Relaxed Fit E-Zine, 6/6/11 "A nuts-and-bolts, briefing room viewpoint...An accurate, detailed narrative, covering the War in the Pacific at squadron level...Worth reading." "WWII History, "September 2011"An excellent book...Sears's account is a tribute to the men who pioneered the aerial tactics that enabled the Navy and Marine aviators to beat the Japanese at their own ga "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." "Booklist, "June 2011"[An] excellent volume on the navy's air war in the Pacific during WWII...The author has almost certainly created the best one-volume study of the subject; libraries, take note." "Roanoke"" Times, "5/29/11"Sears illustrates the brilliant designs and incredible productiveness of the airplane builders and the heroic fortitude of U.S. sailors and airmen, whose gallantry helped lift the nation from the blood and smoke of Pearl Harbor to triumph in Tokyo Bay." "Tucson Citizen, "5/26/11"[A] wonderfully executed new book...Combining gripping personal stories with detailed military history, this page-turning book tells reveals sobering details of how a group of superbly trained Navy and Marine

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This is a grand sweeping epic of the fighter air campaign in the Pacific theater during World War II, telling the heart-pounding story of the pilots who turned the tide in the war and the fast-flying, hard-turning, lethal machines whose names have become legendary: Hellcat and Avenger. "Pacific Air" tells the epic and inspiring story of how the harnessing of the heroic skills of a generation of young naval aviators turned the tide in the Pacific during World War II. With their lethal and elegantly designed aircraft, despite disastrous setbacks and early, humiliatingly overmatched defeats, they challenged and ultimately vanquished a superior Japanese air force and fleet in the wartime Pacific. The instruments of the aviators' triumphs were the F6F Hellcat, a single-seat fighter aircraft, and the TBF Avenger torpedo-bomber, the heaviest single-engine aircraft of World War II. With young and superbly trained U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviators at its controls, the Hellcat became the most successful aerial weapon in naval history: Hellcat pilots were credited with destroying over 5,000 Japanese aircraft. The Avenger, meanwhile, though rugged (pilots dubbed it the "Turkey" and claimed that it flew like a truck, for better or worse), versatile and ultimately as storied, had a more checkered history. It was not until the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea (Pacific Air's stirring climax) that Avenger pilots finally (aided by a torpedo innovation: a plywood-fabricated, Rube Goldberg gizmo dubbed the "pickle barrel") got their hour of redemption. "Pacific Air" is a majestic portrait of a proud era and its dual perspectives - the inventive minds of young aeronautical engineers and the lethal aerial artistry of even younger combat pilots - brings this important, yet under-appreciated, chapter of World War II vividly to life.

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