Alfred Thayer Mahan's The Influence of Sea Power upon History (1660-1783) was one of the most influential books on military strategy in the first half of the 20th century. A core text in the naval war colleges of the United States, Britain, and Japan, Mahan's book shaped doctrine for the conduct of war at sea. Adams uses Mahan's ideas to discuss the great Pacific sea battles of World War II and to consider how well they withstood the test of actual combat. Reexamining the conduct of war in the Pacific from a single analytic viewpoint leads to some surprising conclusions about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Doolittle Raid, the Battle of the Coral Sea, the recapture of the Philippines, and the submarine war. Naval historians and armchair strategists alike will find much food for thought in these engrossing pages.
John A. Adams is a retired airline executive and longtime business strategist with an interest in the use of economic principles to analyze history. Trained as a historian, he has extensively researched military strategy and tactics. He lives in Conifers, Colorado.
Contents List of Maps Acknowledgments 1. Sink Ten Ships and We Win the War! 2. Initial Japanese Strategic Choices 3. Pearl Harbor 4. Yamamoto Defies Mahan 5. Guadalcanal 6. Central versus South Pacific 7. Two Prongs Divide the Fleet 8. Decisive Combat in the Marianas 9. From Honolulu's Conference Table to Leyte's Mud 10. The Naval Campaign for the Philippines 11. Mahan and the Submariners 12. Dulling the Mighty Blade 13. B-San Notes Bibliography Index