By John B. Lundstrom

ISBN-10: 1591144191

ISBN-13: 9781591144199

ISBN-10: 1591144752

ISBN-13: 9781591144755

An abundance of recent facts demanded this reevaluation of Frank Jack Fletcher, the ?black shoe? admiral who gained his battles at sea yet misplaced the struggle of public opinion. A floor warrior?in distinction to a ?brown shoe? naval aviator--Fletcher led the provider forces that gained opposed to all odds at Coral Sea, halfway, and the japanese Solomons. those and different early provider victories determined the Pacific battle not just simply because they inflicted crippling losses but additionally simply because they denied Japan key strategic positions within the zone. regardless of those successes, through 1950 Fletcher had develop into the most debatable figures in U.S. naval heritage and portrayed as a timid bungler who did not relieve Wake Island in December 1941 and who intentionally deserted the Marines at Guadalcanal.

In this publication, writer John Lundstrom remembers that Fletcher as soon as remarked,"after an motion is over, humans speak much approximately how the choices have been intentionally reached, yet truly there is regularly a hell of loads of groping around," and notes that the objective of his research is to probe and clarify the "groping around." Drawing on new fabric, Lundstrom bargains a clean examine Fletcher's judgements and activities. the 1st significant reassessment in additional than fifty years of the once-maligned naval officer, it presents a cautious research of the influence of radio intelligence on decision-making within the provider battles through the first 9 months of the struggle within the Pacific. This new evaluation is predicated on millions of records and large dispatch records and private papers that no historian has formerly used.

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