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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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    Sheryl Baumgart 12-22-04 Member Since 2004
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    "good book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this account of the submarine service during WWII. I would recommend it to anyone and will certainly listen to it again in the future

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Lisle, IL, United States 03-18-05
    Richard Lisle, IL, United States 03-18-05 Member Since 2005
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    "The Bravest Man"

    This is an excellent book that "listens" easily. I had no background on the undersea war and found the book to be fascinating. I enjoyed the reader and the writing style of the author. You will walk away from this book with a much greater appreciation for what submariners endured---- they truly were a different breed. You will also gain an appreciation for the evolving technology --- how early undersea weapons were scandalously unreliable and how the "skippers" fought to get better torpedos with which to accomplish their mission----to sink enemy shipping. Great book!!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Wylie, TX, USA 05-09-05
    Kevin Wylie, TX, USA 05-09-05
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    "The Bravest Man- fine example of leadership."

    What this story showed me was the values and skills that we often inherit or develop in others. Often the people that have seen a remarkable leader try to emulate good leadership skills - very much a trickle effect.

    Certainly this story is in a dangerous environment. How would you like to expose your career, life, and other peoples lives on an unproven theory or weapon? There are so many sides to this story you find yourself listening to this story again and again.

    Well written and read extremely well.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charles south portland, ME, USA 04-28-05
    Charles south portland, ME, USA 04-28-05
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    "The Bravest Man"

    I recommend this title highly. By the end of the book, I felt a deep and personal connection with the men whose history it told. I felt genuine pain at their losses and joy at their overcoming of hardships. So impressed was I with the work that I have ordered the book on cd and the hard copy for my local library, as well as searching out the two first person accounts Richard Okane authored himself in out of print book shops to donate to my local public library.

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    KMH 04-14-05
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    "Great WW2 history"

    This is a great story much like Silent Running. Silent Running is a more personal account of the war in the Pacific and this talks more about the war and command.

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    MATTHEW C LEVEQUE 04-02-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Fabulous book"

    If you enjoy naval or general military history, this is the book for you. I consider myself generally familiar with WWII history, but I was amazed at how little I knew (or how much I had forgotten) about the submarine war in the Pacific. From O'Kane's and his skipper peers' formative years, to the evolution (or not) of submarine stategy and tactics, to the problems with torpedo malfunctions... it is all here. And what a guy Richard O'Kane was. He was a giant among heroes. Fine narrator, too.

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    Feltonjohn 04-14-05
    Feltonjohn 04-14-05 Member Since 2004
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    "An exciting story"

    This was a really good story read by someone who had empathy for the main characters and their stressful situations. Try to also read Shadow Divers for insight into the submarine culture of WWII.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan lWashougal, WA United States 01-14-09
    Ryan lWashougal, WA United States 01-14-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Awesome"

    I sincerely enjoyed this book. It had very good detail and presented a great look at the history of this true hero.

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    Mark LITLLE COMPTON, RI, USA 05-12-06
    Mark LITLLE COMPTON, RI, USA 05-12-06
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    "Riveting real life action"

    This book along with "Silent Running" by James Calvert is the best real life WWII submarine tales ever written, better even than "Run Silent Run Deep". The war patrols that Mr. Tuohy went on were action packed and thrilling, but to then realize that it is all true makes it all the more intense. The vogues of the USS Tang are legendary and unequaled in submarine history but more to the point they are edge of the seat exciting. This is a book that is truly enjoyable plus you learn some valuable history. This is a wonderful listen. 5 stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Baker 01-12-06
    Aaron Baker 01-12-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Great WWII Biography"

    This book is excellent. Great Reader and Great Story about some very brave men who served on a submarine during WWII. If you want a human perspective on War this is it. Every second was great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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