Many modern books about the Pacific War are either wide ranging but shallow examinations of the whole concept, or a close examination of a specific battle or event. The War below gives a close look at the stories of the crew of three US submarines which is a nice switch from the status quo. Most background information is assumed (you won't have to sit through a Pearl Harbour or Midway summary) so the author can focus on the small details of life on subs during the war.
The stories of the crew members with only first aid training who had to perform emergency medical procedures while deep into a patrol will ame your hair stand up.
Differentiation was satisfactory - the reader will have to listen as the story tends to focus on one person for a few minutes before switching to another.
I found it to be a good examination of the issue, and a worth while and informative read, but there were no extreme reactions.
I was disappointed that the narrator consistently mispronounced the word "boatswain." As this word is used so frequently through the text I feel he should have looked it up, or at least that someone on the recording crew could have mentioned, "hey, it's pronounced 'bosun'."
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