The Two-Ocean War

The Two Ocean War Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison s The Two Ocean War A Short History of the US Navy in the Second World War is a classic work a grand and wholly engaging distillation of Morison s definitive fifteen volu

  • Title: The Two-Ocean War
  • Author: Samuel Eliot Morison
  • ISBN: 9781591145240
  • Page: 410
  • Format: paper
  • Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison s The Two Ocean War A Short History of the US Navy in the Second World War is a classic work, a grand and wholly engaging distillation of Morison s definitive fifteen volume history of U.S naval operations in World War II Morison was a distinguished historian, a former Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University But he alsoAdmiral Samuel Eliot Morison s The Two Ocean War A Short History of the US Navy in the Second World War is a classic work, a grand and wholly engaging distillation of Morison s definitive fifteen volume history of U.S naval operations in World War II Morison was a distinguished historian, a former Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University But he also wrote as a participant in many of the events described in this volume he served on eleven different ships during the war, emerging as a captain with seven battle stars on his service ribbons, having gone to sea specifically to be able to write in contact with the events covered Fully illustrated with 35 photographs and 54 charts and maps of key engagements, this is a blazing record of the action from Pearl Harbor to the long war of attrition between submarines and convoys in the Atlantic, through Midway and Guadalcanal, to the invasion of continental Europe, to Okinawa, Leyte, and the final grudging surrender of the Japanese Morison s narrative is rich enough to reveal all levels of each wartime encounter, dramatizing the strategic arguments that went on between Churchill and King, between MacArthur and Nimitz, as well as highlighting the glory of individual feats of arms The Two Ocean War is a truly outstanding contribution to military history.

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    1. I picked up this book looking to get a big-picture grasp of naval operations in WWII to start a research project; and it proved to be exactly what I hoped. Morison gives a concise overview of the major campaigns and battles in which the U.S. Navy participated, and overall naval strategy throughout the war. For operation in which multiple branches of service were involved, such as amphibious invasions, he gives enough of an overview for the reader to understand the operation as a whole, but alway [...]

    2. For most of my life I have had an interest in reading the WW II. Published in 1963 and written by the official historian for WW II of the US Navy, I believe that this is one of the better books written about the war. Samuel Elliott Morrison, a history Professor at Harvard, received a commission to in the Navvy and served on warships during the war. This volume is a condensed version of his 15 volume official history of the war.He praises the actions of the Navy where needed and hands out critici [...]

    3. Perhaps the finest short naval history of WWII written in the old stylewith all the limitations that implies. Ugly biases creep through at times, as I suppose they must when you consider the impact of the author's US Navy 'embedding' on his objectivity. Perhaps sitting through a kamikaze attack would skew anyone's impression of the enemy. Overall an excellent read despite this; particularly notable is the brutal campaign history of "the Slot" off Guadalcanal.

    4. Morison here offers a great one-volume summary of his History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II. It is the place to start if you want to learn about what the U.S. Navy did during the Second World War, which is certainly essentail to understanding the conflict.

    5. Very, very well written for a military non-fiction. Very readable with enough specifics to keep the reader well informed of the minutiae while continually focusing on the larger picture and personalities that drove the Naval war effort, still the whole book is a love story written by the Navy and for the Navy and reads as such.

    6. This summary of naval warfare in WW 2 will leave the reader begging for more. I now wish to explore P.T. Boat engagements with vigor, all because of the far too brief narrative which Morison delivers.

    7. As others have noted, this is a single-volume distillation of Morison's definitive multi-volume account. Even though it still clocks in at just under 600 pages it can still feel condensed, riding a sometimes awkward line between breadth of detail and narrative depth. Morison is a classically-informed military historian, so casual readers might find his attention to the minute particulars of each engagement frustrating. However, he occasionally finds room to spark the imagination with an evocativ [...]

    8. Large comprehensive book that covers just about every movement of the US Navy in the 2nd World War.

    9. The historian Mr Morison served with the US Navy and was later employed as an official historian. Therefore, such a work will be inevitably be biased in favor of the US Navy. It shows in the prose when Mr Morison described the adversaries as "the enemy" whereas the men of the US Navy were "our boys.As an example, the sentence on page 457 read "The Japanese admiral (Kurita) was sadly bewildered by the way everything we had afloat or airborne went baldheaded for him."The publisher has included a l [...]

    10. To paraphrase Morison, Americans in World War I left the reputation of a brave, almost foolhardy, amateur. World War II left the world with the knowledge that Americans were equal to all others in the practice of the art of war. The Two Ocean War is an excellent overview of the US Navy's contributions to victory in World War II. It does a good job of putting into perspective fighting a war starting out woefully unprepared, the difficulty of maintaining and supplying fleets across oceans, and the [...]

    11. Distilled from Morison's definitive fifteen volume set, The Two-Ocean War is a comprehensive recounting of WWII's naval war, detailing both the large fleet actions of the Pacific as well as the Allied struggles against the German U-Boats in the Atlantic. As Morison was attached to eleven ships during WWII for the express purpose of chronicling the war, he provides a unique historical perspective since he is both the writer and the source.The book begins with the bumbling incompetence leading up [...]

    12. One of the more detailed accounts of the naval aspects of the Second World War, The Two-Ocean War enlightened me about how some of the broader tactical and strategic shifts that occurred during the conflict (i.e. the shift from battleship power to carrier power as the primary method of naval power projection) played out in the context of the blow-by-blow accounts of the major battles. Some of the larger points - the differing views on the role of naval support in the Atlantic theater vs the Paci [...]

    13. Morison won two Pulitzers because he was a great writer. If you have any interest in the naval aspect of WWII, but don't know where to start, start here.Those of us raised on a diet of Hollywood War Films need to forget everything and start from the baseline that winning the war was far from a foregone conclusion. We were behind enough of the time to have possibly sued for peace at any turn in the first two years. Bumbling incompetence and bureaucracy cost us dear. Lives were lost needlessly. We [...]

    14. Someone else brought it home, but I found myself picking up and running off with The Two-Ocean War--Samuel Eliot Morison's 1963 history of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Morison captured me with his inimitable way of smoothing the reader's way forward. The story shuttles between the Atlantic and the Pacific, as newspaper headlines did for wartime readers. Morison gives a broad overview, pointing us to key factors--supplies, logistics, radar advances, tactical decisions by Doenitz and Yamamoto, v [...]

    15. One of the more difficult subjects to keep interesting over 500 pages, Morrison managed to describe battle after battle with sufficient tales of individual bravery, commentary on the significance of tactics and engagements, and grandiose, intense descriptions of incredible accomplishments, that it was actually a riveting page-turner. I came away from the book not only with a much more complete understanding of the naval aspects of World War II, but also a strong appreciation for the fantastic sc [...]

    16. Interesting book. Too big a topic to cover in one volume. It is only a little more than a listing of naval actions with the ships involved and the important commanders. A daunting task.I enjoy military history with diagrams of troop movements in crucial battles. This book had diagrams of ship movements in the major WWII naval battles, particularly in the Pacific.The diagrams show patterns that make little sense, as the fleets often never actually made visual contact with the ships they were enga [...]

    17. Amazingly thorough review of the role of the US Navy during WWII. Really informative and detailed without being overly pedantic. (His 15 volume compilation of WWII naval activities is, necessarily, extremely detailed and basically unreadable. It is an extremely valuable reference source.) This book focuses on the major activities, personalities and decisions make to conduct war efforts. It was published in 1963, so information classified at that time but now released to the public is not include [...]

    18. Огромный по своему объёму и кропотливости труд на 15 томов втиснутый в двухтомное документальное произведение. Немного поначалу утомляет тотальное внимание к мелочам, но в итоге это же и восхищает. Полностью раскалываются характеры как генералов со всех сторон так и их мо [...]

    19. Epic in its scope - Morison basically attempts nothing less than to tell the full combat history of the U.S. Navy in WWII - it's quite an excellent survey of those operations. Despite Morison's sometimes stilted delivery - which calls to mind an academic with no perspective on combat - one must remember that Morison actually did experience most of the events he recounts, from the Battle of the Atlantic to the kamikazes in the last desperate battles in the Pacific.

    20. If you can't afford to splash out on the full sixteen-volume History of United States Navy Operations In World War II, this is the next best thing. Renowned as a historian even before he undertook that massive work, Morison does an excellent job condensing all sixteen volumes into one compact book that hits all the high (and low) points of the Navy's progress to victory in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans against the Axis powers.

    21. A condensation of Morison's masterful 15 volume history of the US Navy in WW2, this book is brilliant.In 1942-3 the Nazis were sinking 100 ships a month in the Atlantic.In 1942, Japan controlled all of the pacific except Australia, Hawaii and New Zealand.It is amazing that we survived and won - the Navy played an immense part.Reads like an adventure story!

    22. I read this in 5th grade for the first time, and have been hooked on military history ever since it's in depth yet brief overviews of every major naval battle/campaign of WWII give an excellent introduction to the subject.Someday, when I grow up, I'm gonna get Morison's 13 volume official U.S. Navy history.

    23. An excellent, if dated, history of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Since Morison was present for many of the battles he describes, the book reads like an adventure novel at times. While there are newer and more thorough histories on this topic available, "The Two-Ocean War" is an enduring and engaging piece of historical writing.

    24. A truly fine book for what it offers by way of a "Short History" of the U.S. Navy in WWII. It's a wonderful alternative for those of us who, for whatever reason, won't read the author's 15-volume treatment of the subject. I was surprised at how readable and enjoyable this single volume was. Morrison wrote like the scholar, historian, and eye-witness participant that he was.

    25. Samuel Eliot Morison = WWII US Naval History. This particular book is entitled "A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War". This book is a good overview of the major battles fought on the seas during WWII.

    26. Morison's 7,000 or so page History of United States Naval Operations in World War II reduced to less than 700 pages for those who want to say they've read it but don't want invest months doing so. It's surprising how addictive it is.

    27. Samuel Morison has written a good history of the U.S. Navy during WW II. Admiral Morrison history is mildy influenced by his action in the war. This volume will be in depth enough for most history buffs. People needing a more look at the war can read Morison's 15 volume history of the war.

    28. Interesting book on the United States Navy and the battles fought during World War II. I read a lot of books on the Navy during the Pacific Theater during World War II. However, this also covered the European, North African, and Mediterranean campaigns as well.

    29. The author fought in many of these battles so he knew what he was talking about. However, it seemed mainly more about the brave sailors, which they indeed were, but less an objective history. For my taste it was too tactical.

    30. One of the most knowledgable historians is always a joy to read. I can see why it was called "A Short History" as there were many events that had to be omitted to keep it short. Other information has emerged in the last 50 years, too. This is still a worthwhile read.

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