Posted August 09, 2018 14:11:09 The Battle of South Pacific was the great naval battle in the history of the world, with the loss of more than a million sailors, planes, ships and men in the effort to defend the West Indies from an incursion from a powerful Japanese fleet.
But it also marked the end of a century of naval combat and an unprecedented era of international peace.
This article is based on the book The Battle That Changed the World, published by Random House.
The Battle that Changed the War: The Battle to Save the United States and the West from Japan was published in 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
A version of this article first appeared in the magazine.
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