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The incredible true story of the most spectacular aircraft-carrier battle in history - World War II's Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.  

In June, 1944, American and Japanese carrier fleets made their way toward one another in the Philippine Sea. Their common objective: the strategically vital Marianas Islands. 

During two days of brutal combat, the American and Japanese carriers dueled, launching wave after wave of fighters and bombers against one another. By day and night, hundreds of planes filled the skies. When it was over, the men of the American Fifth Fleet had claimed more than 400 aerial-combat victories, and three Japanese carriers lay on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.   

Here is the true account of those great and terrible days - by those who were there, in the thick of the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Drawing upon numerous interviews with American and Japanese veterans as well as official sources, Clash of the Carriers is an unforgettable testimonial to the bravery of those who fought and those who died in a battle that will never be forgotten.

©2005 Barrett Tillman (P)2018 Tantor

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good but fragmented story of important battle of w

Enjoyable story, with some good research and first person accounts, but seems hurried and a little fragmented, with what seem like gaps in recounting of this episode in history. I respect Mr Tillman's writings, and have read nearly all, but this fragmentation is not uncommon amongst remembered histories he has written. This wouldn't be a problem if his books were first person narratives, instead of large sweeping subjects, but one wonders if he is reluctant to quote previous accounts by other authors, or if he has read them. I must admit that I am not a writer, but I am a reader, for over 50 yrs, of military aviation, and ww2 Pacific aviation history I particular. So, it is a minor criticism, given my lack of publishing stature, but an important one, meant in a constructive vein. I would like to salute Mr Tillman's on the effort he has made, in this book, and in the past works, but the book left me feeling as if there wasn't enough meat to satisfy, and felt like the book was remarkably short.

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OUTSTANDING BOOK!!<br />

Extremely well researhsed book. I've been a WW II buff for more than 50 years and learned details I had never heard before. Great job!!

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Rasping voice.

Great information on America's current status, great piece of history. The rasping voice of Joe Barrett makes it difficult to listen to.

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A book that doesn't know what it is supposed to be

This book isn't a story, it's not a discussion of strategy it's just a sorta-chronological listing of events that changes direction, it's scattershot at best. It lacks details but it also doesn't discuss strategy. It'll leave you flat. Many times on my commute I had to turn it off because it made me sleepy. The narrator's voice also does to help. In print, this tome wouldn't even serve as reference on your shelf. Don't waste your time or money on this.

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inlighting

very clearley told and easy to nderstand felt like was ondeck very informing and clear

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