Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942-1945 (Paperback)Barrett Tillman (author)
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Whirlwindis one of the last histories of World War II written with the contribution of men who fought in it. With unexcelled macro- and micro-perspectives, standing as a reference on the war, on multi-service operations, and on the human capacity for individual heroism and national folly.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 214 x 140 x 23 mm
--Peter Mersky, "Wings of Gold "
"Barrett Tillman is one superb military aviation historian. . . . An epic story told by a master historian."
--Robert B. Loring, "Leatherneck" magazine
""Whirlwind . . . "offers an impressive 360-degree look at the air offensive against Japan's home islands. All of the story's major elements are here, as well as some frequently omitted. . . . While several worthy books have covered aspects of this air effort, none offers the comprehensive inter-service and international perspective of this concise account."
--Richard R. Muller, "World War II "magazine
""Whirlwind" is a definitive history of the WW II air assault on Japan and is superb reading. I highly recommend it as a must for all military historians."
--Cdr. Doug Siegfried, USN (Ret), "The Hook"
Advance Praise for
"Sweeping and authoritative, Barrett Tillman's "Whirlwind "puts the reader in the cockpit as Allied and Japanese airmen battle to the death in the broad skies of the Pacific, but never loses sight of the larger strategic issues and perspectives of the war, nor of the human cost that it extracted." --Richard Hallion, former chief historian of the U.S. Air Force
"Barrett Tillman's "Whirlwind" is a concise, rigorous and authoritative miracle of military history. It's also a great read. I couldn't put it down." --Stephen Hunter, author of "I, Sniper" and "The 47th Samurai"
"Whirlwind" is the most authoritative account ever of the terrifying American air war against Japan, which both forced Tokyo's surrender and saved countless lives in the long run. This powerful book should put an end to the misguided moralizing to the contrary." --Andrew Nagorski, author of "The Greatest Battle
"""Whirlwind" has the critical elements to separate it from the pack of cockpit and command aviation histories: it is vivid, lucid and human. But it is something much more: it provides the essential foundation for the examination of the impact of conventional airpower as a fundamental cause of Japan's surrender." --Richard B. Frank, author of "Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire"
"A sparkling tale of one of the most fascinating battlefronts of World War II. Tillman pulls together the aerial battles, planning sessions, kills and sacrifices into a coherent narrative that will leave readers pondering the fate of nations and individuals in war, when the call is often to perform the impossible and the call is met with surprising frequency." --Robert W. Merry, author of "A Country of Vast Designs"
"This is a story of great heroism and of technological triumph on a grand scale--the building of the B-29 alone is worth a book--and of the vindication of air power as the ultimate weapon of war. "Whirlwind" isf