The devastation of Pearl Harbor and the American victory at Midway were prelude to a greater challenge: rolling back the vast Japanese Pacific empire, island by island. This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War" the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944" when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a "conquering tide," concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history, and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory could not heal. Often overlooked, these are the years and fights that decided the Pacific War. Ian W. Toll's battle scenes" in the air, at sea, and in the jungles" are simply riveting. He also takes the reader into the wartime councils in Washington and Tokyo where politics and strategy often collided, and into the struggle to mobilize wartime production, which was the secret of Allied victory. Brilliantly researched, the narrative is propelled and colored by firsthand accounts" letters, diaries, debriefings, and memoirs" that are the raw material of the telling details, shrewd judgment, and penetrating insight of this magisterial history. This volume" continuing the "marvelously readable dramatic narrative" (San Francisco Chronicle) of Pacific Crucible" marks the second installment of the Pacific War Trilogy, which will stand as the first history of the entire Pacific War to be published in at least twenty-five years. 32 pages of illustrations
What was originally planned to be a single book on the Pacific War soon evolved into a series of well-researched books about the conflict. The Conquering Tide is the second book in Ian W. Toll’s trilogy following Pacific Crucible, with Twilight of the Gods expected to be published in 2018.
In The Conquering Tide, the award-winning author, covers the period between mid-1942 to mid-1944, offering a detailed description of the counteroffensive that shifted the balance between the U.S. and Japan in the theater of naval warfare.
With the help of new resources and more access to sources in Japan, Toll provides a panoramic view of the war both from the U.S. and Japanese standpoints, focusing on how the two governments managed public opinions back home. An independent scholar, Toll benefits from his versatile background in finance, economics and media in taking readers away from the narrow perspectives of the battles at sea to the political and diplomatic forces of strategy engineering, the social and economic aspects of the military campaign as well as its enormous impact on both sides of the Pacific.
Ian W. Toll is a writer and independent scholar. He is the author of three highly regarded works of American military history: Six Frigates, Pacific Crucible, and The Conquering Tide. The latter two titles are the first two volumes of a nonfiction trilogy about the Pacific War. The third and concluding volume, Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945, will be published in 2018.
Six Frigates was the 2007 recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, the William E. Colby Military Writers Award, and was placed on the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” list. Pacific Crucible received the Northern California Book Award for Nonfiction in 2012. The Conquering Tide was a New York Times bestseller and was also selected for that newspaper's “Editor’s Choice” list.
Toll has been widely published in newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Naval History. He is a regular reviewer for the New York Times Review of Books. His books on the Pacific War have been translated into Japanese and published in that country by the publishing house Bungeishunjū, and are being translated into Chinese for publication in mainland China. Toll has spoken at venues and institutions throughout the United States, including the Pentagon, the U.S. Treasury Department, the Naval Observatory (official residence of the vice president), the the U.S. Naval War College, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Toll has also been interviewed on many national and local television and radio programs, including NPR’s Diane Rehm Show, WAMC’s Roundtable, CSPAN’s Book TV, and innumerable commercial radio programs throughout the U.S.A.
Prior to beginning work on Six Frigates in 2002, Toll was a Wall Street analyst (1997-2001), a Federal Reserve financial analyst (1995-1997), and a political aide and speechwriter (1989-1993).
Toll received an undergraduate degree (B.A.) in American History at Georgetown University (1989) and a Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P.) from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1995). Toll and his family live in New York City.
“A lucid and learned exposition of the grand chess match between high commanders in the middle years of the Pacific War, vividly evoking the grit and gristle of its many horrors and triumphs. Ian W. Toll is a superb historian whose writing appeals to both the head and the heart.”
“A gripping narrative of the central Pacific campaign…. Toll is strong on the operational details of battle, but he is no less skilled at presenting something that is frequently missing from military histories, a well-rounded depiction of the home front on both sides.”
“Ian Toll takes his place as one of the great storytellers of war. He is equally vivid and commanding describing landing on a carrier at night, making grand strategy in Washington, and brawling in a bar in Australia. Toll is a master; he is writing for the ages.”