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    The final volume of the magisterial Pacific War Trilogy from acclaimed historian Ian W. Toll, "one of the great storytellers of war" (Evan Thomas).  

    Twilight of the Gods is a riveting account of the harrowing last year of World War II in the Pacific, when the US Navy won the largest naval battle in history; Douglas MacArthur made good his pledge to return to the Philippines; waves of kamikazes attacked the Allied fleets; the Japanese fought to the last man on one island after another; B-29 bombers burned down Japanese cities; and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were vaporized in atomic blasts. 

    Ian W. Toll's narratives of combat in the air, at sea, and on the beaches are as gripping as ever, but he also takes the listener into the halls of power in Washington and Tokyo, where the great questions of strategy and diplomacy were decided. Lionel Barber of the Financial Times chose the second volume of the series (The Conquering Tide) as the preemiment book of 2016, calling it military history at its best. Listeners who have been waiting for the conclusion of Toll's masterpiece will be thrilled by this final volume.

    ©2020 Ian Toll (P)2020 Recorded Books

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    Reference book about the war in the Pacific

    A brilliant conclusion to the best, most complete works I've seen about the War in the Pacific. I learned so much, everything is contextualised and the writing covers every level from individual experiences to International strategy and politics.
    A clear and powerful work of synthesis about a very complex period, including, here, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the drop of the atomic Bombs and the subtle and difficult secret inside negotiations between the war and peace parties in Japan.
    This is a must-read for anyone interested in this period and willing to invest the time. You will not regret it.
    I really liked the audiobook and the interpretation, although I regret the absence of an accompanying pdf with maps and statistics, that would have really helped. This is my biggest misgiving about it.

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    • Dr. Schtick
    • 20/12/2020

    Food for WWII History Buffs

    Way more than an ordinary human needs to know about the war in the Pacific. Perfect for Buffs like me.

    My father survived 2.7 years on the USS Baltimore. All his tales of Kamekazis,. typhoons and giving Hershey bars to children in the ruins of Hiroshima are in the book just as he described. So too the less than wonderful sides (racism) of many shipmates. As a Jew he was in many fist fights with antisemites, especially from the South. He came home to the Bronx very committed to fighting racism.

    The Epilogue is particularly insightful.

    BTW, Dad survived all the above, had 3 kids, 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandson when he was killed by a texting driver at age 91. Kamekazis couldn't kill him but a texter did.
    Please don't text while driving.

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    • Benjamin Casey
    • 14/09/2020

    Amazing Details

    Picks up right where the last one left off. The narrative and organization create a great flow to this long book . You can almost feel yourself zooming in from the overall picture of the war down to buck privates and seamen.

    I’m one of those wwii avid reader types and was worried about reading long chapters on battles I was pretty familiar with . Toll brings new perspectives and details about the Pacific War. From the bloated flies of Saipan infesting an admirals dinner offshore to an in depth look at Japanese social psychology for waging war this book brought to light the war in the Pacific . I also appreciate Toll’s research on the logistics involved in the Pacific Theatre.

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    • eclectic reader
    • 19/09/2020

    War is hell

    As with the two prior volumes I felt I was experiencing the Pacific war through the eyes of the Americans and the Japanese. The brutality and otherworldliness of the fighting seemed more immediate. It certainly Leaves the reader with a sense of the horror of war. One can't look at a successful war as a grand thing
    US naval and air superiority means there is never any doubt that Japan will lose the war. The Japanese challenge is reconciling its defeat with its national character.
    The brutality of the amphibious landings on Iwo Jima and Okinawa show how terrible the battles were for both sides. Clearly the American population advantage and industrial capacity make the outcome inevitable but the Japanese character makes its surrender difficult even after the atomic bombs. Even the emperor's decision to surrender was meet with a threatened coup.
    Neither MacArthur or Halsey comes off without character flaws.
    The book ends with the return of the American veterans. They faced challenges getting home and greater challenges when home. Clearly the war changed America in ways never expected. Woman experienced more freedom and we're often unwilling to return to their former roles. Ultimately that post war freedom and the introduction of the pill in the sixties gave birth to contemporary feminism.
    The returning Black soldiers faced special challenges. The equality they had experienced at war was often rescinded when they returned home. The struggle for a colorblind society is an ongoing challenge.
    I found the book thought provoking and I appreciate the time and effort poured into it by the author.

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    • Anthony Rionda
    • 12/10/2020

    Superb

    The writing places you in the SW Pacific, Iwo Jima, and Tokyo Bay. A great finish to an already superb series.

    The bravery of boys charging into battle, fighting enemies both real and psychological, is quite impressively told by Toll.

    General Wainwright’s reaction, after 3 years in a POW camp in Japanese occupied China, to the USS Missouri leaves the reader understanding how awesome the US war production was in 3 short years.

    Superb!

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    • heyskipper
    • 11/04/2021

    Outstanding

    I have an advanced degree in military history. I found all three of Mr. Toll's books on WWII in the Pacific well written, very competently performed, and entertaining. So, all I can say is Outstanding! I wholeheartedly recommend all three books with no reservations for others who have any interest at all in this subject matter.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 16/02/2021

    War Writing's Finest Hour

    This series about the Pacific War is the finest combination of writing about strategic and personal stories that I have ever read . . . and I read almost exclusively about the history of war and its leading historic figures. The cast expanse of this trilogy is breathtaking but it reads smoothly and efficiently. I learned so many new details about all of the battles that it is almost like I had never read anything previously about the Pacific War.

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    • Patricia
    • 20/01/2021

    Great depth great narration solid story line

    I have read hundreds of accounts of the Second World War and this ranks as one of the best series I have every read or listened to during my quest to understand what truly occurred during this period in American History.

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    • Ron Blake
    • 02/11/2021

    Brings It Home

    I just finished this concluding volume of a trilogy on the history of WW II in the Pacific. My father served aboard the USN Solace hospital ship during this part of the war. Despite having studied and heard his firsthand accounts at Iwo Jima, this book really helped put into perspective the war in the Pacific. Whole chapters in this volume were devoted to Iwo Jima and Okinawa where Daddy served.

    I’ve nothing but good to say about the objective historical approach the author takes. From vignettes of personal stories to grand strategic overviews, the book provides a real opportunity to learn about the last year of the war in the Pacific. Missing are the hyperbole of Brokaw’s ‘The Greatest Generation’. Also absent are vainglorious accounts of unquestioned valor and heroism. War is hell. In this book, both sides of the story are told, including the dark sides, as I’d never heard them before.

    In particular, the concluding chapter and Epilogue on the atomic bombings, peace negotiations, and a look forward afterwards were quite impressive.

    Highly recommended if you or an offspring wishes to invest nearly 40 hours in listening and learning. For me, I easily doubled that re-listening to selected chapters and digging further for maps and more history. But it was unquestionably worth it.

    Published in September 2020, the book also contains many of the most recent findings discovered from archival research and on site archeological discoveries.

    Did I miss anything by jumping in at volume three? I’m unsure, of course, but I’m very grateful to have read this masterful work.

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    • SparkyBenMom
    • 02/11/2021

    A great listen.

    I learned some new material from WW2. Well written and entertaining. A good driving nook.

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    • fritzon
    • 02/11/2021

    Best WWII

    narrator is excellent, story is detailed and very descriptive to the point of almost too real. my father-in-law was caliper on the Gambier Bay and had to land on the Fanshaw.Bay