Filled with riveting detail and based on the author's extensive interviews and correspondence with veterans, unpublished eyewitness accounts, declassified documents, and rare Japanese sources, this is war at sea as it has seldom been presented before.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)
Very glad I read this book and very glad it was written. I had little idea this sea battle was one of the greatest in US Naval history. First heard about it on the History Channel. I liked the narrator too. Excellent prose save the story from the recitation of simple cold hard facts. The technical details are informative yet not belaboring. Thank you James Hornfischer and Barrett Whitener
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.
Even as a Navy vetran, I knew little about this historic battle. The principals in the story were brought to life for me, and deserve thier place in history. Many of the personal accounts were almost excrutiatingly graphic, but this just added to the appreciation and admiration I had for thier heroism and bravery.
I highly recommend this for anyone interested in history.
As all Hornfischer books, a detailed account of the story from many perspectives. 5 stars to the content of the book.
Not a fan of the narrator. Some mispronounced words (for example: aerobics vs aerobatics). Pretty sure pilots didn't train in "aerobics". The tone of voice when reading quotes was a little... creepy I suppose for lack of a better word.
Professor of Civil Engineering, eclectic, scifi, history, and Joseph Campbell buff, Pratchett buff.
This was an exceptional listen for me. A story I thought I knew well but only knew the surface. This gave the details of the men on both sides of the battle and how they reacted to the situations as they unfolded.
When the decision was made by the smallest ships in the force to face the largest ship in the world. The bravery of the men came through the telling with gusto.
It made me respect the Greatest Generation even more. These men went into harm's way and proved themselves to the world. The tragic fate of so many of them pushed a dent into my heart.
Great read for any WWII history buffs.
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