By John B. Lundstrom

An abundance of latest facts demanded this reevaluation of Frank Jack Fletcher, the ?black shoe? admiral who received his battles at sea yet misplaced the conflict 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 service victories determined the Pacific struggle not just simply because they inflicted crippling losses but in addition simply because they denied Japan key strategic positions within the sector. regardless of those successes, via 1950 Fletcher had develop into probably the most arguable figures in U.S. naval historical past 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 booklet, writer John Lundstrom recollects that Fletcher as soon as remarked,"after an motion is over, humans speak much approximately how the selections have been intentionally reached, yet really there is continuously a hell of loads of groping around," and notes that the objective of his learn 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 throughout the first 9 months of the conflict within the Pacific. This new review is predicated on millions of records and large dispatch records and private papers that no historian has formerly used.

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