Join authors Brendan Sims and Steve McGregor as they talk about their perspectives on the U.S. Navy’s defining battle in the Pacific during World War II--emphasizing the crucial combination of a culture of nnovation, the contribution from immigrants, and a vital intelligence coup as the deciding factors in America’s Midway victory.

“Immersive…Simms and McGregor also provide a searing, moment-by-moment account from the Japanese perspective…Well-researched and fluidly written, this military history issues a stark warning for the future.”―Publishers Weekly

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About the Authors: Brendan Simms is author of The Longest Afternoon, a dramatic description of the defense of the farm of La Haye Sainte during the battle of Waterloo. In 2019 he published the acclaimed biographies, Hitler and Hitler’s American Gamble: Pearl Harbor and Germany’s March to Global War. He received his PhD from Cambridge University with a doctoral dissertation on Anglo-Prussian Relations, 1804–1806: The Napoleonic Threat. He frequently lectures and leads seminars focused on international history since 1945.

Steven McGregor is a U.S. Army veteran with a graduate degree in history from Cambridge University.

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Mask Guidelines: A mask is not required while inside the museum or while attending any programs. A mask is not required anywhere outside on the Washington Navy Yard grounds.

Parking Option: Harris Teeters underground parking garage (401 M Street SE). Parking is complimentary for 90 minutes. Once you park, you will need to go into the store and validate your ticket. Keep your ticket since you will need it to exit the garage. After validating your ticket, exit the store and walk to the 11th and O Street entrance of the Navy Yard. Be inside the entrance by 11am and wait on the sidewalk outside the entrance gate. Have your driver’s license or other form of government issued I.D. with you.

A museum educator will be at the gate at 11:00 am to escort you onto the base and to the museum.

A second and final pick-up from the gate will made at 11:20 am.


Photographs courtesy of the authors.

Photographs courtesy of the authors.