Cleaver skillfully weaves individual narratives from both Allied and Japanese combatants into the overall story … the reader will come away having a greater understanding of the Pacific Theater as a whole, as well as a renewed appreciation for the courage and skill of both Allied and Japanese combatants in that grueling campaign.
Lynn Ritger, Aviation Historian
Thomas Cleaver, whose 'war stories' we have come to cherish, has a new one ... a riveting and powerful saga, one rendered vividly, trenchantly, and with empathy – for both sides in the conflict.
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Chief of Staff to General Colin Powell
Under the Southern Cross offers a micro-macro history of the South Pacific campaign of 1942–44, shifting from cockpit and flag bridge perspectives to broad strategy. The Guadalcanal campaign especially remains of interest because so much was at stake and the opponents were so evenly matched for a sanguinary six months. Tom Cleaver does right by the subject in this book.
Barrett Tillman, Author of 'On Wave and Wing: The 100-Year Quest to Perfect the Aircraft Carrier'
Recommended for anyone fascinated by aviation's role in World War Two.
This is a useful account of the air campaign against Rabaul, bringing together the efforts of the US Marines, USAAF and the US Navy's carrier aircraft, all of which played a part in the campaign, and which are often seen in isolation.
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