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Clean sweep [Hardcover]

Rear Adm. Roy M., U.S. Navy (Ret) Davenport
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  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Press; 1st Edition edition (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 053306628X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0533066285
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Clean Sweep 21 Oct 2013
Clean Sweep is the war memoir of Rear Admiral Roy M. Davenport,the only U S submarine skipper to win 5 Navy Crosses for his exploits aboard the submarines USS Silversides, Haddock & Trepang during which he sank 22 ships for 154,616 tons & damaged 5 ships - including a battleship - for 62,767 tons.

As Davenport was a former professional journalist I expected a cracking read to rank alongside Dick O'Kane's "Clear the Bridge" however this book seems to be nothing more than a series of Patrol Reports expanded into book form and an hour-by-hour format leads to much needless duplication. Like most skippers Davenport had his wartime score drastically reduced by JANAC & he suffered more than most being reduced to 8 ships for 50,000 tons. JANAC was subsequently discredited & Davenport's score was re-instated but he reserves his most savage criticism for Clay Blair & his tome "Silent Victory" who quotes the JANAC score whilst knowing it was discredited,

In the Afterword Davenport extensively quotes passages attributed to him - which he vehemently contradicts - by giving his version events & calling into question the veracity of Blair's book. If Blair got Davenport's career so spectacularly wrong,how accurate is the rest of the book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dry Reading 20 Feb 1998
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My Father told me the tale of Roy Davenport, and I was curious as to what a Submarine Captain in WW II had to do to be awarded the Navy Cross five times! I could not find any information in the various submarine books that have been written, until I discovered Admiral Davenport's book in my local library. Aside from the book being extremely boring, I found it interesting that the Admiral disliked Clay Blair's description of him in his book 'Silent Victory'. I got the impression that the only reason Davenport wrote his book was to defend himself over Blair's portrayal. What do you expect from a former Journalist? The book for the most part reads like a series of patrol reports, nothing original. The O'Kane or Fluckey books are a much better read. Fortunately, the book is available in most libraries. I don't see the publisher printing a second edition anytime soon.
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