The book details the story of the ship herself (a technological marvel), her crew, and her kamikaze adversaries. Maxwell Taylor Kennedy shows how crucial this battle was to victory in the Pacific, even though it was overshadowed by the almost simultaneous surrender of the Nazis in Europe. With this extensive research, Kennedy tells the human story on both sides of the battle.
©2008 Maxwell Taylor Kennedy; (P)2008 Tantor
"A spellbinding account showing that much more than geopolitics was at stake in the Pacific war." (Publishers Weekly)
The book had a lot of potential. The premise was good and there is certainly a wealth of information available to make this a great read. Unfortunately the book falls down because the author does not know his subject.
While the book appears to be decently researched, the author lacks familiarity with his core subject, aircraft carrier operations. I only listened to the first three or so hours of the book, and there were so many historical and factual errors that it was too painful to go on. For example, in describing the battle of Midway he describes how the US carrier torpedo bombers were all shot down, and goes on a little later to describe how the torpedo bombers bombed the Japanese carriers (it was American dive bombers). The errors like this went on and on. It was clear he did not understand the subject.
The narration seemed to be at a slow pace, but this may have been because of the writing pace of the book.
Disappointment and anger. I have studied the War in the Pacific for over 40 years, and this was my area of concentration for my degree. I was very disappointed that the book was so poorly written. It made me angry that I wasted a credit to purchase it.
I wanted to like this book. It was of a subject I like to read (or listen), and I kept hoping it would get better. Instead I just want those hours of my life back.
I liked this Book. I found it very interesting and kept my interest. I would recommend it to anyone.
Yes. I enjoyed the presentation and information contained in this book. Outstanding research on a ship, its crew and the opposing kamikaze pilots who attacked their ship. The research also included the culture and government forces in Japan that led to the systematic use of kamikaze forces.
The researched detail about the courageous actions of the US Navy personnel that saved their ship from total disaster.
He used good acting skills to give life to the printed page.
Learning about how so many of the ship's crew died due to the failed design of the ship's HVAC system and positioning of the pilot's ready room. Also, the details about the Japanese kamikaze pilot and what his remains contained and that they were retrieved.
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