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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Tuohy follows Richard O'Kane, America's undersea ace of aces, and a few fearless submariners, during the U.S. submarine war in the Pacific. This grueling battle saw 10 million tons of Japanese shipping sunk by U.S. submarines, but the cost to the U.S. Navy was one in five of its boats, the highest casualty rate of the U.S. armed services.

Amid internal threats and scandals, O'Kane participated in the most dramatic war patrols of the Pacific War, and rescued the largest number of carrier aviators from under the guns of the Japanese. Yet at the end of its fifth successful patrol, his ship was sunk by its own torpedo. Tuohy's portrait provides an insider's view of the successes and fractures that accompany wartime stresses.

©2001 William Tuohy; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

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  • Dan
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • 11-19-05

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A great story that is a bit heavy on names. I thought the author was trying to make sure he listed everyone that was ever involved. Overall - a very good book.

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exceptional

about a war, a person, and submarine life and tactics. read it 3 times now.

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Compelling Story

The book is much more than just the story of one sub captain, it's a fascinating and well researched survey of the larger story of the US submarine war against Japan. Highly recommeded!

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Great

Overall very good. Some pronunciation errors but the reader helped bring the book to life.

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Great Book

Great story about submarines especially if you are history buff. I learned so much more than any class room could have ever taught.

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Great story about an American Naval Hero.

Great book! Well written, however, when " performing" a story about submarines, it is important to pronounce "submariner" correctly. It is sub"mariner" as surface sailors are called, not like their Naval brother Marines. Other than a few other mispronounced Pacific Islands, it is well done.

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Great submarine story!

Great submarine story. Much enjoyed by a submariner, his wife, and his kids! We liked the history and presentation.

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A MUST for students of US NAVAL Submarine history

as a former sturgeon class submariner, i found the details of WWII submarine war patrols led by O 'Kane's inexhaustible innovations and smart leadership intensely captivating and impressive to say the least. Brave men of the WWII SUBMARINE FORCE !! of course, the ineptness of very senior leadership became more apparent as the timeline neared the end. excellent writing by the author and reader did very well to not over dramatize the upper echelon conflicts and simultaneously to give the listener a realistic yet entertaining dramatization of many near death and beyond events through the book.

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Outstanding!

Would you listen to The Bravest Man again? Why?

Yes I would, hard to fine a better story about our nations greatest submariner and the sub wars of WWII

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm a submariner, what do you think?

Any additional comments?

The narrator was decent, definitely a lot worse out there. But too many acronyms, islands, and military words spoken incorrectly. Irritating when such a fantastic book is ruined by such lazy research by a narrator.

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A good read

If you could sum up The Bravest Man in three words, what would they be?

WW2 naval heros

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bravest Man?

The sinking of Tang

What about E.H. Jones’s performance did you like?

Consistent voice throughout the reading

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Realizing Morton may have died because Okane was no longer there to help temper him.