Title: Climax at Midway
Author: Thaddeus V. Tuleja
Tuleja, Thaddeus V.(1960). Climax at Midway. New York: W. W. Norton.
Date Updated: June 23, 2015
In the wave of books dealing with the Pacific War, it is refreshing to find one bobbing up which combines the three nautical graces of style, accuracy and objectivity. This author, a Navy man with considerable technical, as well as verbal skill, produced a fascinating and credible picture of what really happened at Midway in 1942. His characterization of Admiral Spruance is excellent; his surprisingly unbiased view of Admiral Yamamoto giving that brilliant officer his due as well.
The fleets of the two men move toward each other, converge. Yorktown is mortally wounded. There Japanese carriers are likewise stricken. The sky is filled with the burning planes of both sides. And when the smoke has finally cleared, the Imperial Japanese Fleet is seen streaking away from its first major defeat in four hundred years. Painstaking research supports each page, although all is well blended into the main narrative.