Filled with riveting detail and based on the author's extensive interviews and correspondence with veterans, unpublished eyewitness accounts, declassified documents, and rare Japanese sources, this is war at sea as it has seldom been presented before. It is an unforgettable narrative that captures the essence of heroism, the power of loyalty, and the way in which the unadorned truth is more stirring than legend itself.
Also, this audio program contains excerpts of exclusive interviews with Navy veterans conducted by the author.
©2004 James Hornfischer; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Readable from beginning to end, this popular history magnificently brings to life men and times that may seem almost as remote as Trafalgar to many in the early twenty-first century....One of the finest World War II volumes to appear in years." (Booklist)
"One of the finest WWII naval action narratives in recent years....reads like a very good action novel." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hornfischer is a powerful stylist whose explanations are clear as well as memorable....a dire survival-at-sea saga." (Denver Post)
The only thing wrong with this book is it's too short. You won't want it to end. This is a riveting David and Goliath story set in a corner of a much larger story in the Pacific war in World War II. This book has all the elements of a brilliant fiction novel but the story is of real people facing impossible odds in a great test of courage.
I loved this one and hated it when it ended. The exceptional story of the Destroyers in the Leyte Gulf naval battle is told whith all its horrors and heroism. The story is balanced (american vs americans, officers vs seamen) and well build up.
This book was outstanding! While a number of reviews denounced the description of the crew and their lives, I thought that it brought life to the work. The description of the battle of Taffy Three was riveting, and their time in the water is heartbreaking.
Initially I had a bit of problem with the readers drone and mispronunciation of words, but I got use to it.
It's hard to believe that this generation of heroes is slipping away and many young people have no idea or appreciate the sacrifice these men made for our freedom.
Barrett Whitener does a good job of narration but this book is too graphic regarding injuries suffered during battle to be an Audible Kid's Pick.
One of, if not, the best books I've ever listened to. If you are in any way a student of history and/or WW II history I believe you will feel the same way after you listen to this book. The story was so gripping and intense and descriptions were so detailed that I couldn't stop once I started. Hornfischer is a great historical author. This book is as good as Neptune's Inferno and the narration by Whitener was amazing. He's taken his place in my top 10 narrators and I rated him above Dean. The book evoked tremendous emotion and pride in me about the men who fought for the U.S. Navy in these battles. If you've not listened to "For Crew and Country" I would recommend that book after this book because that will give you the overall history of the battles at sea off the Philippine's and then a very detailed look at the life and the death of the Samuel B. Roberts and her crew.
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