Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945

Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945

Twilight of the Gods is a riveting account of the harrowing last year of World War II in the Pacific, when the U.S. Navy won the largest naval battle in history; Douglas MacArthur made good his pledge to return to the Philippines; waves of kamikazes attacked the Allied fleets; the Japanese fought to the last man on one island after another; B-29 bombers burned down Japanese cities; and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were vaporized in atomic blasts.


Ian W. Toll’s narratives of combat in the air, at sea, and on the beaches are as gripping as ever, but he also takes the reader into the halls of power in Washington and Tokyo, where the great questions of strategy and diplomacy were decided. Lionel Barber of the Financial Times chose the second volume of the series (The Conquering Tide) as the preemiment book of 2016, calling it “military history at its best.” Readers who have been waiting for the conclusion of Toll’s masterpiece will be thrilled by this final volume.

Title:Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393080650
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    Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 Reviews

  • Jill Hutchinson

    Only the dead have seen the end of war: PlatoThis 900 page book is the last of the Pacific War trilogy by Ian Toll and relates the horrors of the final year of WWII. It is an exhausting read, not beca...

  • Alex Kershaw

    Just finished this fantastic book. The most readable and elegant and clear account of the last year of war in the Pacific and great climax to Toll's trilogy. Best history book of 2020 so far! ...

  • David Eppenstein

    I have read the first to entries in this trilogy and gave them both 5 stars. This last addition to this history is no less deserving of the 5 stars but I am tempted to give it 3 or even 2 stars for th...

  • Jim

    Been waiting for this one for a long time. This is the final installment of Ian Toll’s Pacific War trilogy, a military, political, and social history of the war between the United States and Japan. ...

  • Stefania Dzhanamova

    As in the previous volumes, in Twilight of the Gods Ian W. Toll launches his narrative with a recap of the "what next" questions the key American commanders were faced with after a cruicial turnin...

  • Charles

    Military, political and social history of the Pacific theater of WWII, going from FDR’s third term election to the demobilization of the Pacific forces.I miraculously picked this book up in an indep...

  • Porter Broyles

    I was a little concerned when I started this book. Ian Toll is one of my favorite authors on Naval History, but the book started off with a stronger political stance than his other books. He spoke abo...

  • Justin Matthews

    It's hard for me to describe how much I enjoyed not only this concluding volume, but the trilogy. The author's ability to rebuild the world of his subject is really remarkable. And the way he tells th...

  • Nooilforpacifists

    Review to come, but this final volume of the trilogy is as good as Volume 1. ...

  • Michael Burnam-Fink

    Twilight of the Gods closes out Toll's trilogy on the Pacific War with brutal 18 months of the war. With the comprehensive defeat of Japanese airpower at the Battle of the Phillipine Sea and invasion ...