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Jäger im Weltmeer (German) Hardcover – 1996

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe (1996)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3455111726
  • ISBN-13: 978-3455111729
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,966,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lothar Guenther Buchheim has been a painter and very successful journalist before he sat down to start composing his better known 'based on true events' Das Boot (Cassell Military Paperbacks) and Die Festung: Roman novels.

This book is one of the previous journalistic endeavours, chronicling his embedded observer journey on a U boat. It is much less novel like in its sparsity of reporting, and on top it seems to lack any real propaganda value, which would have been the primary purpose of a book of this nature - given that the original publishing actually happened in WW2. He succinctly describes the life on a submarine, the boredom, the tedium, hard work, cramped confinements, fear of failure... The final chapter - the actual contact with the enemy - is done in a military journal style - a dry, short reporting of events with the associated time but no embellishments whatsoever.

The dry reporting style did not prevent the author from using some very articulate and nicely flowing language, although a solid command of German is necessary to get the most out of it (there seems to be no translation of it so far).

This has been the material that went into Das Boot (Cassell Military Paperbacks), when it was finally made after WW2, and for any fans of that book, it is well worth reading. The book is short, with just over 120 pages of text but it has some interesting additional features, such as over 50 pages of original photographs the author has taken (the price of the book is worth it for that feature alone, in my opinion), as well as a biography and interpretation of the book and its place in history.
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