CHAPTER ONE: The Final Battle CHAPTER TWO: October 25, 1944 CHAPTER THREE: The Big Blue Blanket CHAPTER FOUR: Halsey's Typhoons CHAPTER FIVE: The Forgotten Fleet CHAPTER SIX: Tokyo CHAPTER SEVEN: Iwo Jima CHAPTER EIGHT: Prelude to Okinawa CHAPTER NINE: The Fleet that Came to Stay CHAPTER TEN: The Murderous Month of May CHAPTER ELEVEN: Admiral Nimitz Writes a Letter CHAPTER TWELVE: Finale CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Gyokusen Bibliography Index
A vivid narrative history of the final stages of the Pacific War, as the US Navy began to slowly approach the Japanese home islands against fearsome opposition, notably from the suicidal Japanese airmen: the kamikaze.
Thomas McKelvey Cleaver is the author of the well-received and best-selling Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15, a history of the US Navy's top-scoring carrier air group in World War II, published by Casemate. He is additionally the author of F4F and F6F Aces of VF-2 published by Osprey, and also the author of Pacific Thunder, a history of the first year of the fast carrier offensive in the Pacific War, was published by Osprey in 2017. He lives in Encino, California, USA.