William B. Hopkins was a Marine officer in the Pacific in WWII, practiced law in Roanoke, Virginia, and re-entered active service as a Marine captain during the Korean War. He is the author of One Bugle No Drums. Hopkins served in Virginia’s Senate for twenty years, four years as Majority Leader. He lives in Roanoke.
Once the stories have been told of battles won and lost, most of what happens in a war remains a mystery. So it has been with accounts of World War II in the Pacific, a conflict whose nature is only obscured by the linear narrative.
Bob Walch, MyShelf.com
“It has been over sixty years since the end of World War II. With the advantage of hindsight, William Hopkins returns to the Pacific Theatre to discuss the strategy, politics, and players that shaped the conflict and ultimately defeated the Japanese...
“It is a complex topic and one that has been written about by many other historians. Hopkins provides a new perspective that looks beyond individual battles and diverse military personalities to give the reader a broader understanding of the Pacific campaign and why it succeeded. A collection of over sixty black and white photos and diagrams are included in this volume that anyone interested in military history will want to read.”