Filled with riveting detail and based on the author's extensive interviews and correspondence with veterans, unpublished eyewitness accounts, declassified documents, and rare Japanese sources, this is war at sea as it has seldom been presented before.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)
Excellent book! I had heard the story of this event but not the details. It is fascinating. It also is the best description of a battle aboard a ship that I have ever read.
This was a great audiobook; but the narration was not done well. When I first started listening I thought I was not going to be able to put up with the narration. I stuck with it; and I would say that the greatness of the book outweighed the lack of great narration.
63 years old-retired-hate winters-like growing potatoes-ride a Harley-built a couple of electric bicycles-vietnam vet-like audible
Bordering on being dull. I like WW2 stories, the history of an an astonishing time in our history. This one did not blow my hair back for some reason. Maybe it was the monotone voice of the narrator.
could be good documentry, and maybe to details would pay. as a audio reader, you are lost in times in the unimportant details that hide the big picture.
A fabulous, glorious yet tragic heroic WW2 moment not nearly well known enough; worthy of the next Spielberg/Tom Hanks Project!
A fabulous, glorious yet tragic heroic WW2 event that should not have been (due to fumbled senior command decisions) that has received nowhere near the attention, credit, and homage deserved.
The Charge of the Tin Can Sailors
Most worthy of the next WW2 (Private Ryan-like) Spielberg/Tom Hanks Project!
The only reason for the low review is that I am not a "blow-by-blow" battle fan. I prefer the personal view and "what-makes-'em-tick" stuff. Well written, and I'm sure accurate, just not my style.
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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No , the print version has extra things like pictures and extra blurbs. None the less still good.
This is not one of those books that you should have a favorite character.
Emotion. I thought this book would be hard to listen to from the little that i read the book.
Yes , i did not however.
As others have said the audio book is hard to follow , its not told linearly so if you dont remember names you may get confused as it jumps around the timeline.
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