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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors Audiobook

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

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Publisher's Summary

Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge. It takes us into the heart and mind of an iron-willed, self-made executive officer leading his men throughout a sea of carnage and two hellish days and nights clinging to survival amid oil, blood, sharks, and madness. And it dramatizes how the overmatched U.S. force, enduring the loss of five gallant ships and nearly a thousand brave men, turned a certain crashing defeat into a momentous victory that would lead to the final surrender of America's ruthless imperial foe.

Filled with riveting detail and based on the author's extensive interviews and correspondence with veterans, unpublished eyewitness accounts, declassified documents, and rare Japanese sources, this is war at sea as it has seldom been presented before.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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Ed United States 09-10-12
    Ed United States 09-10-12

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    "An amazing story of courage and sacrifice."
    Where does The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Unstinting sacrifice


    What does Barrett Whitener bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    For those who enjoy 'listening', it was a treat.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    All the above


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    You don't see people like this outside the military, and doubt that there is the material in our culture these days who could do what these men did.. I tried to tell a friend about the 'charge of the escort destroyers into certain death' and chocked up - I had to stop. It was a very moving episode in American naval history..

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    Glenn Chee 10-08-10
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    "A truly epic sea battle"

    Barrett Whitener does a good job of narration but this book is too graphic regarding injuries suffered during battle to be an Audible Kid's Pick.

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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 06-23-10
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 06-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great!!!"

    This was an excellent book, well written and narated. a Must read.

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    Mike Greer, SC, United States 06-10-10
    Mike Greer, SC, United States 06-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "excellent war story"

    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.

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    Cortlandt Atlanta, GA, USA 09-21-09
    Cortlandt Atlanta, GA, USA 09-21-09
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    "Incredible story"

    This audio book puts you in the middle of this harrowing event.

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    Randy Ramona, CA, USA 04-16-09
    Randy Ramona, CA, USA 04-16-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book; not so great narration"

    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.

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    Mark 10-22-16
    Mark 10-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A sailors salute,"

    The best , God bless the United Staes Navy, a high bar for all that have served. Well done.

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    Russell Florence, OR, United States 07-08-16
    Russell Florence, OR, United States 07-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Marvelous depiction of Navy WWII actions and heroism!"

    Excellent , sensitive insight into this very important battle. Narration is superb as well. Accurate research.

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    Ashley 06-04-16
    Ashley 06-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely fantastic read! "

    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!

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    T2Paradis Virginia, USA 05-05-16
    T2Paradis Virginia, USA 05-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Read This Book!"

    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!

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