SIGNED ON A TIPPED-IN BIOGRAPHICAL FLYER BY SIX-VICTORY ACE GEORGE L. WRENN
(WRENN, George L.) PRANGE, Gordon W. with GOLDSTEIN, Donald M. and DILLON, Katherine V. Miracle at Midway. New York: MJF Books, 1982 [i.e. 2001]. Octavo, original black and beige paper boards, original dust jacket. $175.
"60th Anniversary Edition" of this history of the Miracle at Midway told from both the American and Japanese perspectives, signed on a tipped-in leaf by ace George L. Wrenn.
"Six months after Pearl Harbor, an underdog American naval force turned the tide of the Pacific War at Midway—in a contest as humiliating to the Japanese as the Pearl Harbor attack was to the US. From this unusual perspective, at once analytical and compassionate, the late Gordon Prange wrote a natural successor to At Dawn We Slept (which, once again, his associates have completed). The authors seek not only the causes of the shattering Japanese defeat (many of which, as they note, emerged in official post-mortems); but also the reasons for—in Walter Lord's phrase—America's 'incredible victory.' These come to light—as a bit of luck, the outcome of an argument, a bold or prudent decision—in the course of a narrative largely based on the testimony of the principals (many of whom Prange interviewed in the '60s)… Combining dimension, acuity, and depth: a splendid and exciting accomplishment" (Kirkus). The first edition was published in 1982; this edition was released on the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in 2001.