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Literature: History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II
Several authoritative writers—including Richard Frank, Rick Atkinson and Ian W. Toll—are at work on trilogies about that war. But only Morison will ever be, in Baldwin’s words, “a modern Thu­cydides.”
James Hornfischer, author of Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Neptune's Inferno.

This is the history of the US Navy in World War IInote . It was written by the historical scholar Samuel Eliot Morrison and sponsored by the US government at the authors suggestion. It contains information based on interviews conducted in several theaters as well as actual service as what is now called an "embedded reporter" in several units.

The full series is a fifteen volume set. A summary is also published called The Two Ocean War for those who wish to go to less effort. The whole series is written in a magisterial style and gives encyclopedic information about the war. To this day it has not become dated and is still respected by military historians as the go-to book for naval warfare. Its one major shortcoming—poor and/or inaccurate information about the Axis side, due to a lack of primary sources—is gradually being addressed by a later generation of scholars, as documents are uncovered and translations become available.

The volumes are:
The Battle of the Atlantic, September 1939 - May 1943
Operations in North African Waters, October 1942 - June 1943
The Rising Sun in the Pacific, 1931 - April 1942
Coral Sea, Midway, and Submarine Actions, May 1942 - August 1942
The Struggle for Guadalcanal, August 1942 - February 1943
Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier, 22 July 1942 - 1 May 1944
Aleutians, Gilberts, and Marshalls, June 1942 - April 1944
New Guinea and the Marianas, March 1944 - August 1944
Sicily - Salerno - Anzio, January 1943 - June 1944
The Atlantic Battle Won, May 1943 - May 1945
The Invasion of France and Germany, 1944–1945
Leyte, June 1944 - January 1945
The Liberation of the Philippines: Luzon, Mindanao, the Visayas, 1944–1945
Victory in the Pacific, 1945
Supplement and General Index

And the abridgement
The Two Ocean War

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alternative title(s): History Of US Naval Operations In World War II
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