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The Bravest Man: The Story of Richard O'Kane & U.S. Submariners in the Pacific War

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Tuohy follows Richard O'Kane, America's undersea ace of aces, and a few fearless submariners, during the U.S. submarine war in the Pacific. This grueling battle saw 10 million tons of Japanese shipping sunk by U.S. submarines, but the cost to the U.S. Navy was one in five of its boats, the highest casualty rate of the U.S. armed services.

Amid internal threats and scandals, O'Kane participated in the most dramatic war patrols of the Pacific War, and rescued the largest number of carrier aviators from under the guns of the Japanese. Yet at the end of its fifth successful patrol, his ship was sunk by its own torpedo. Tuohy's portrait provides an insider's view of the successes and fractures that accompany wartime stresses.

©2001 William Tuohy; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer Nebraska 11-06-06
    Amazon Customer Nebraska 11-06-06 Member Since 2010

    Cranky old fart

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    "Rehash"

    If you have read the Navy Dept.s history of US Subs in WWII, and perhaps George Griders book you will find there is little new info here. Well told just the same. Lots of attention to detail about the Academy lives of the subjects in the book. It was worth the time to listen to it, but the roar of the depth charges comes out more like a "pop".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Danville, CA, USA 09-22-05
    Paul Danville, CA, USA 09-22-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Detailed portrayal of submarine service in WWII"

    This audiobook was an in-depth and fast-paced telling of the role of US submarines in the Pacific during WWII. The aggressiveness and bravery of the men on these vessels was captured well, and Dick O'Kane's exemplary behavior is amazing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Brandon, MS, USA 06-14-05
    John Brandon, MS, USA 06-14-05
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    "What a story!"

    An outstanding audiobook for anyone interested in submarine warfare. Not only is the title character Richard O'Kane's story incredible, but the saga of the brave men of the submarine service during WWII will leave you in awe of their sacrifices. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jon tampa, FL, USA 12-12-04
    Jon tampa, FL, USA 12-12-04
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    "Good book"

    You can also try Silent Running.

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    Bill Anchorage, AK, USA 09-28-07
    Bill Anchorage, AK, USA 09-28-07 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story!"

    I have read this book previously and found it to be well written and informative. I found the audio version to be boring to listen to because there was no emotion by the reader when called for. In a flat monotone voice, the reader lessened the impact to a drone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 09-15-07
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 09-15-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book"

    Good story about what goes on in submarines.

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    Jay Spring, TX, USA 08-27-06
    Jay Spring, TX, USA 08-27-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    For WW II students, this is an realistic account of a WW II vet. I couldn't have enjoyed it more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-28-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding!!!!"

    Yes this book delivers an untold story of fighting men in the second war world while helping the reader understand dedication, leadership and war. It comes across as a story about one man's experience; but then goes into leadership and organizational change during a difficult time the history of the United States. If you want to mix up a book on leadership with an aventure story, THIS YOUR BOOK!

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    Dan Austin, TX, USA 11-19-05
    Dan Austin, TX, USA 11-19-05
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    "Heavy Details"

    A great story that is a bit heavy on names. I thought the author was trying to make sure he listed everyone that was ever involved. Overall - a very good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Col 02-20-16
    Stephen Col 02-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great submarine story!"

    Great submarine story. Much enjoyed by a submariner, his wife, and his kids! We liked the history and presentation.

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