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The Bravest Man: The Story of Richard O'Kane & U.S. Submariners in the Pacific War | [William Tuohy]

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

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.
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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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    Zsolt 01-06-15
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    If you could sum up The Bravest Man in three words, what would they be?

    WW2 naval heros


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bravest Man?

    The sinking of Tang


    What about E.H. Jones’s performance did you like?

    Consistent voice throughout the reading


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Realizing Morton may have died because Okane was no longer there to help temper him.


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    R. Denton 12-11-14
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    "Very well written and detailed, and it's true"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bravest Man to be better than the print version?

    Cannot say, as I have not read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Bravest Man to and why?

    Thunder Below by Adm. Eugene B. Fluckey or October Fury by Peter A. Huchthausen.


    What does E.H. Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not a lot. Would have been better by someone with a little deeper voice for such a long book. Got tired of Jones' voice after a while, but it was okay.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. It is a lengthy, detailed history, but still full of action and drama. Nonetheless, it would have required a long sitting and the whole point of audio books for me is that I enjoy them without having to be "seated" or otherwise stuck in one place.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read this book, it will pretty much ruin any future books, especially fiction, about WWII submarine warfare except perhaps Fluckey's or Ned Beach's, because you will realize that they all come from these same patrol reports and experiences with little new added.

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    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 11-03-14
    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Well written history!"

    A great saga, well researched & delivered in a interesting saga of teams of great folks overcoming adversity.

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    Ronald United States 07-20-14
    Ronald United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding WWII Submarine Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bravest Man to be better than the print version?

    This book was well written and read providing an in depth insight into the strategy, culture and bravery on US submarines in the Pacific in WWII.


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    John United States 03-19-13
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    "Informative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Informative without being too detailed


    What did you like best about this story?

    History brought to life.


    What does E.H. Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is excellent. Easy to listen to, good pace. Perfect diction. Subtle accents bring characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Very balanced dealing with some very controversial aspects of the conflict

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    Jim Jacksonville, Florida, United States 03-09-13
    Jim Jacksonville, Florida, United States 03-09-13

    Married (1975), Vietnam-era (not in-country) vet (USN Retired), 4 sons, 11 grandkids, love riding my Harley.

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    "I would have liked to have served under CDR O'Kane"

    Absolutely intriguing account of the war patrols and subsequent loss of the submarine from a defective torpedo guidance system and CDR O'Kane's leadership.

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    Brad Charlotte, NC, United States 03-01-13
    Brad Charlotte, NC, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Great story, but narrative drifted"

    This was a great story, but the narrative drifted from time to time like tidal eddies. Also, the narrator's mispronunciation of some words (such as Admiral Spruance's name) left me gagging. Great listen, though.

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    Dalton Prosper, Texas 08-07-08
    Dalton Prosper, Texas 08-07-08 Member Since 2015
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    "The Bravest Man"

    This is, without a doubt, the worst book I've ever purchased/downloaded. An example is the author will take 30 minutes to explain every detail of the submarine, or name every person during WWII that operated a sub and performed a certain action -- fearing that if he doesn't list that name that someone will contact him reminding him he forgot to mention someone.
    This was a total waste of money unless you're engrossed in History Facts and every detail of a sub. Very little story-line here.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 03-23-05
    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 03-23-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Very amazing"

    What I liked the most about this book was how it described the high command in the Navy during World War II. You would think that brains and the overall purpose of the war--to get it over with--would trump pettiness and infighting amongst the admirals. But no.

    O'Kane has all the qualities of a great leader, as they are mentioned in Sun Tzu's classic on the Art of War.

    The other amazing point is that the Navy people who developed the torpedoes used on submarines made huge mistakes that resulted in duds and misses that endangered lives and prolonged the war. The one guy there was so protective of his invention that he simply would not accept the fact his sensor invention did not work. I wonder if we would have been saved having to drop the A-bomb if those torpedoes worked properly and more ships were sunk.

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    James B. Cookinham Cleveland, OH 02-13-05
    James B. Cookinham Cleveland, OH 02-13-05 Member Since 2002

    Have been listening for over a decade and found Audible to be the best!!

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    "Great details of WWII Submarine Patrols"

    This is the best book I have read about submarine operations in WWII. If you are interested in what it must have been like to risk your life every day this is a book you should read.

    I have served on Nuclear Subs and have looked for good descriptions of just how the Subs did what they did in WWII. This gives you all those details.

    Captain O'Kane is truly the best of the "war time" skippers and was able to conduct the most productive patrols of any submarines in the Pacific.

    Great story with a lot of detail.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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