Author: Craig L. Symonds
Facilitated by: Dr. Richard D’Elia
In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, leading naval historian Craig L. Symonds paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice at the Battle of Midway.
Symonds begins with the arrival of Admiral Chester A. Nimitz at Pearl Harbor after the devastating Japanese attack, and describes the key events leading to the climactic battle. He includes both Coral Sea, the first battle in history fought by opposing aircraft carrier forces, and Jimmy Doolittle’s daring raid of Tokyo. He focuses throughout on the people involved, offering telling portraits of Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, Spruance and numerous other Americans, as well as the leading Japanese figures, including the poker-loving Admiral Yamamoto.
Symonds’ account of the battle itself is masterful, weaving together the many disparate threads of attack. Several attacks failed in the early stages but ultimately created a five-minute window in which three of the four Japanese carriers were mortally wounded, changing the course of the Pacific war in an instant.
About the Facilitator
Dr. Richard D’Elia was born in Manhattan and raised in Larchmont, New York. He has a great interest in Winston Churchill and read his first Churchill biography at age nine. To better understand Churchill’s multifaceted life, he read about the social and political milieu in which Churchill lived and worked, especially the pre- and post-WWII eras. Dr. D’Elia is a both a retired Army officer and college professor.
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