LEYTE (455 pp.)Samuel Eliot MorisonAtlantic-Little, Brown ($6.50).
"Douglas, where do we go from here?" asked F.D.R.
"Leyte, Mr. President, and then Luzon!" promptly replied General Douglas MacArthur.
With that terse exchange in the flag cabin of the heavy cruiser Baltimore at Pearl Harbor in July 1944, the great and fateful campaign for the recapture of the Philippines was set in motion. By campaign's end, whatever chance Japan had of winning the war in the Pacific was irrevocably lost. The battle for the Gulf of Leyte decisively shifted the fortunes of war, and it is this action that dominates the twelfth volume of Samuel Eliot...