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  • Utmost Savagery

  • The Three Days of Tarawa
  • By: Colonel Joseph H. Alexander United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

On November 20, 1943, in the first trial by fire of America’s fledgling amphibious assault doctrine, 5,000 men stormed the beaches of Tarawa, a seemingly invincible Japanese island fortress barely the size of the 300-acre Pentagon parking lots. Before the first day ended, one-third of the marines who had crossed Tarawa’s deadly reef under murderous fire were killed, wounded, or missing. In three days of fighting, four Americans would win the Medal of Honor and six thousand combatants would die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Definitive Battle History of Tarawa

  • By Iain on 02-23-11

The Definitive Battle History of Tarawa

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-11

Col. Alexander's "Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa" is the definitive battle history of this epic event. It is my understanding that he worked closely with historian Richard B. Frank and was able to tap into newly translated official Japanese war histories to uncover the Japanese side of the story. He also drew upon numerous interviews with veteran participants including war correspondent Robert Sherrod who landed with the Marines. Alexander's work is one of the finest battle histories I have ever read. Expertly narrated, I highly recommend this title to anyone interested in WW2 history.

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  • Halsey's Typhoon

  • By: Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

December 1944, the Pacific Theater. General Douglas MacArthur has vowed to return to the Philippines. He will need the help of Admiral William "Bull" Halsey's Pacific Fleet. But at the height of the invasion, Halsey's ships are blindsided by a typhoon of unprecedented strength and scope. Battleships are tossed like toys, fighter planes are blown off carriers, destroyers are capsized, and hundreds of sailors are swept into the roiling, shark-infested sea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Weather and Naval History Masterpiece

  • By M. Taussig on 02-17-07

A Gripping Maritime Narrative

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-09

This is one of those books I always wanted to read and finally made the effort. This was not only an outstanding history of Halsey's fleet battling through this storm, it was an excellent audio recording, very engaging and clear. I really enjoyed this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful