I bought his book because of my interest in history and the World War II U-Boat warfare. I have always found the concept of a submarine fascinating. At some point I came across a name, Karl Doenitz, as the creator of the famous wolf packs. At the time I knew nothing about him. Later on, finding his memoirs, I ordered at once. It took me a while to start reading it but once I started I couldn't stop rushing to the end. While reading, I not only saw the U-Boat War from the eyes of the man who commanded it, but also had a view of the German side of the complete war. Till now I, like many others, have always seen the World War II from the eyes of the Allies. This book, for the first time, let me see the German side of the picture.
When I finished the book, I respected this man, his love and devotion to his country and nation. My impression has been that, Doenitz's primary "crime" that resulted in a 10 years jail sentence was to be too tough of an enemy for the Allies in the Battle of Atlantic.
Recommended to anyone who has an interest in World War II. And absolutely a must read for those who are more into the naval side of the war.