Filled with riveting detail and based on the author's extensive interviews and correspondence with veterans, unpublished eyewitness accounts, declassified documents, and rare Japanese sources, this is war at sea as it has seldom been presented before.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.
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.
Excellent , sensitive insight into this very important battle. Narration is superb as well. Accurate research.
An amazing story..... amazingly written. I highly recommend to anyone interested in WWII or Naval history. The author gives a well researched, extremely detailed account of the battle. Enjoy!
This is an amazing but little known story about the greatest moment in Navy history! Well told mostly from the perspective of the crew of the USS Roberts, the story is gripping, gritty, and extremely powerful. Be ready to feel moved by the heroic actions of the Tin Can Sailors in the face of overwhelming odds, and to mourn with them as they lose friends and shipmates to shells and sharks. If you have never heard of the Battle Off Samar or the name Taffy 3, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book now!
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.
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