Storm Over Leyte (HB)
The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Navy
As Allied ships prepared for the invasion of the Philippine island of Leyte, every available warship, submarine and airplane was placed on alert while Japanese admiral Kurita Takeo stalked Admiral William F. Halsey's unwitting American armada. It was the beginning of the epic Battle of Leyte Gulf - the greatest naval battle in history.
In Storm Over Leyte, acclaimed historian John Prados gives readers an unprecedented look at both sides of this titanic naval clash, demonstrating that, despite the Americans' overwhelming superiority in firepower and supplies, the Japanese achieved their goal, inflicting grave damage on U.S. forces. And for the first time, readers will have access to the naval intelligence reports that influenced key strategic decisions on both sides.
Drawing upon a wealth of untapped sources - U.S. and Japanese military records, diaries, declassified intelligence reports and postwar interrogation transcripts - Prados offers up a masterful narrative of naval conflict on an epic scale.
About the Author
Dr. John Prados, author of Islands of Destiny: The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun and Normandy Crucible: The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War II in Europe, is a senior research fellow on national security affairs, including foreign affairs, intelligence, and military subjects, at the National Security Archive. He also directs the Archive's Iraq Documentation Project, as well as its Vietnam Project. He holds a PhD in International Relations from Columbia University. His books Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975; Keepers of the Keys; and Combined Fleet Decoded were each nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has published articles with Vanity Fair, The Journal of American History, Scientific American, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.