Martin Dibner wrote this story as an autobiographical novel from his WWII naval experiences on a USN cruiser. Action moves from the Atlantic to the North Pacific, with the majority of the story in the Pacific. It's an interesting story, with many good characterizations. Main issue of the central character, an artist naval ROTC officer called up for duty, is dealing with his Quaker upbringing and his duty as gunnery control officer on vessel in combat action. Warner Brothers turned this book, a publishing success bestseller of the mid fifties, into a movie vehicle for Alan Ladd, William Bendix, and Joey Bishop (?!) in 1958 with cooperation of the US Navy. About half the books content and less of its intent were put on the screen with the ship turned to a destroyer and the stars all too old to portray the sailors of the novel. I saw the movie many times on TV as a kid and adult, and finally read the novel in the 1970s. The story on the book is much more involved, interesting and intertwining...which is as these things always are. I recently got a DVD of the movie again...what was I thinking?!!! And decided I needed to read the novel again, so I obtained this used copy of the book that is long out of print. My copy is in good, but well read condition, ordered from an Amazon affiliate source. Book is still a good read...in that 1950s style of gritty fiction so many WWII books presented.