Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944–1945 (The Pacific War Series, Book 3)
The final volume of the magisterial Pacific War Trilogyfrom acclaimed historian Ian W. Toll, “one of the greatstorytellers of War” (Evan Thomas).In June 1944, the United States launched a crushing assault onthe Japanese navy in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The captureof the Mariana Islands and the accompanying ruin of Japanesecarrier airpower marked a pivotal moment in the Pacific War. Notactical masterstroke or blunder could reverse the increasinglylopsided balance of power between the two combatants. The War inthe Pacific had entered its endgame.Beginning with the Honolulu Conference, when President FranklinDelano Roosevelt met with his Pacific theater commanders to planthe last phase of the campaign against Japan, Twilight of theGods brings to life the harrowing last year of World War II inthe Pacific, when the U.S. Navy won the largest naval battle inhistory; Douglas MacArthur made good his pledge to return to thePhilippines; waves of kamikazes attacked the Allied fleets; theJapanese fought to the last man on one island after another; B-29bombers burned down Japanese cities; and Hiroshima and Nagasakiwere vaporized in atomic blasts.Ian W. Toll’s narratives of combat in the air, at sea, and onthe beaches are as gripping as ever, but he also reconstructs theJapanese and American home fronts and takes the reader into thehalls of power in Washington and Tokyo, where the great questionsof strategy and diplomacy were decided.Drawing from a wealth of rich archival sources and new material,Twilight of the Gods casts a penetrating light on thebattles, grand strategic decisions and naval logistics that enabledthe Allied victory in the Pacific. An authoritative and rivetingaccount of the final phase of the War in the Pacific, Twilightof the Gods brings Toll’s masterful trilogy to a thrillingconclusion. This prize-winning and best-selling trilogy will standas the first complete history of the Pacific War in more thantwenty-five years, and the first multivolume history of the Pacificnaval war since Samuel Eliot Morison’s series was published in the1950s.