This book provides a fresh take on World War II in the Pacific that goes beyond the simple recounting of battles won and lost to synthesize the strategies, politics, and key players that shaped the conduct of the war. The author takes a regional approach to this multifaceted, often nonlinear war conducted on land, sea (and significantly by America undersea), and in the air across the immense reaches of the Pacific to effectively develop the major themes and causes of the battles.
William B. Hopkins was a Marine officer in the Pacific in World War II, practiced law in Roanoke, Virginia, and then reentered active service as a Marine captain during the Korean War, where he commanded H&S Co, 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He fought at Chosin and wrote One Bugle No Drums. Hopkins served in the Virginia Senate for twenty years, four years as majority leader. Still an active member of the Virginia Bar, Hopkins lives in Roanoke.