By John B. Lundstrom

An abundance of recent facts demanded this reevaluation of Frank Jack Fletcher, the ?black shoe? admiral who gained 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 provider victories made up our minds the Pacific battle not just simply because they inflicted crippling losses but additionally simply because they denied Japan key strategic positions within the zone. regardless of those successes, by way of 1950 Fletcher had develop into some of the most arguable figures in U.S. naval background 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 remembers 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 continually a hell of loads of groping around," and notes that the target of his research is to probe and clarify the "groping around." Drawing on new fabric, Lundstrom deals 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 impact of radio intelligence on decision-making within the service battles in the course of the first 9 months of the struggle within the Pacific. This new evaluate is predicated on millions of records and big dispatch records and private papers that no historian has formerly used.

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