Acclaimed WWII historian and military intelligence expert John
Prados offers a provocative reassessment of the Allies’ battle
for the Solomon Islands—a turbulent, dramatic campaign that, he
argues, was the true turning point of the Pacific conflict.
Historians traditionally refer to the Battle of Midway as the
point when Allied forces gained the advantage over the Japanese.
In Islands of Destiny, Prados points out that the Japanese forces
quickly regained strength after Midway and continued their
assault undaunted. Taking this surprising fact as the start of
his inquiry, he began to investigate how and when the Pacific
tide turned in the Allies’ favor. His search led him to the
decisive battles and strategic maneuvers in the fight for the
Beginning with the invasion of Guadalcanal in August 1942, the
Solomons became a hotly contested battleground for over a year,
culminating in the isolation of Rabaul by the Allies. As military
forces fought over the strategically important islands, a secret
war of intelligence was also being waged. For a total picture of
the conflict, Prados integrates blow-by-blow action on the ground
with the code breaking, aerial reconnaissance, secret spy posts,
and submarine scouting that were vital to the Allied effort.
The Solomons arena saw some of the most intense combat of
WWII—from major naval actions, including a key confrontation
between battleships, to air battles that took place almost daily.
With expert knowledge and crystal clear prose, John Prados
illustrates why these events were not only thrilling, but pivotal
in the Allies’ path to victory.
Islands of Destiny: The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun