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The Battle for Leyte Gulf: The Incredible Story of World War II's Largest Naval Battle
The Battle for Leyte Gulf: The Incredible Story of World War II's Largest Naval Battle
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 20 Jun 2014
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A thorough and fascinating account of this momentous battle which was the culmination of a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of the US Navy after the disaster of Pearl Harbour in 1941. A complex and at time confused battle over a few days included one of the most heroic David & Goliath fights in Naval history when a few destroyers and destroyer escorts and under-armed aircraft held the massive Japanese Battle Fleet at bay leading to its withdrawal and the averting of what would otherwise have been a disaster of a colossal scale. I would have liked a little more analysis of Admiral Halsey's conduct in leaving the landing fleet unprotected though the author does stress the ambiguity of the order and the confusion caused by the unfortunate dual command imposed in this theatre of War. This history of the battle cannot but engender in the reader a deep respect for the professionalism and courage of the US Navy.


The Sailor, The Sultan And The Tiger.
The Sailor, The Sultan And The Tiger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 20 Jun 2014
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An extremely well written, evocative and brilliantly funny account of a young sailor's training and experiences in his first ships. Shiner Wright brings an honesty (about himself) and a collection of tales (some longer than others!) which provide a fascinating and enjoyable insight into a way of life in the Royal Navy in the days before health & safety and political correctness began to make their presence felt. Though an ex 'pig' myself, I enjoyed his ribbing of the more stupid officers and could recognise in all his stories the same sort of people I met in my, slightly later days. His description of visits to Singapore brought back my visits there with clarity. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. For those with no Naval experience I can vouch for the authenticity of the humour and attitudes of the British sailor and am confident they will enjoy this hilarious account of those taking the 'Queen's shilling'. Buy it!


Admiral Chester W Nimitz's Strategic Leadership During World War 2
Admiral Chester W Nimitz's Strategic Leadership During World War 2
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4.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to a remarkeable man, 20 Jun 2014
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Though a brief overview of Admiral Nimitz's tenure as CINCPAC, this book provides a fascinating glimpse of his leadership style and his strengths. It has made me want to read a fuller biography of this remarkable War leader.


The Pebble Champion
The Pebble Champion
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading, 25 Feb 2014
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A good coming of age tale, told with sensitivity and without the lurid sexual scenes so depressingly common for this genre.


Getting Orlando
Getting Orlando

3.0 out of 5 stars A far-fetched tale, 2 Dec 2013
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Not totally satisfying to read since the events related here are somewhat improbable, and nothing is left to the imagination regarding the relationship between the two men. Nevertheless not a bad read.


Sandel
Sandel
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating tale, 2 Dec 2013
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Even thought the subject matter is somewhat taboo (a young boy's relationship with an older young man) the subject of this well-written tale is of the developing relationship and not about sex. Not totally believable but nevertheless a fascinating story.


Warspite
Warspite
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful history of a fine Ship, 2 Dec 2013
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Full of fascinating historical background and personal reminiscences, this is a book to enjoy for anyone with an interest in naval history.


The Second Footman
The Second Footman
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, 2 Dec 2013
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A long and involved narrative, which the protagonist's story coming out bit by bit. This is not the usual gay novel, where nothing is left to the imagination. If you are after graphic sexual descriptions you will be disappointed. It is, instead, a wonderfully descriptive and erudite story of a young man's quest to find his true identity and of the relationship he develops with an older man in order to further his own interests. The characters of the young man and his mentor are developed throughout the story so that they become real people. The description of the historical background is well-drawn and immerses the reader in 19th Century France. The only inappropriate thing about this novel is the photograph used for the cover page! The character, Max, is far more masculine than the cover suggests!


The Good Boy
The Good Boy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 21 July 2013
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SM is not my thing so I did not think I would enjoy this kind of book. But I did. Well written and with real rounded characters, it proved an enjoyable read.


Commander: The Life and Exploits of Britain's Greatest Frigate Captain
Commander: The Life and Exploits of Britain's Greatest Frigate Captain
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected pleasure, 21 July 2013
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I had never really heard about this Naval Commander but was so glad that I picked this book. From the beginning, this well-researched, informative and beautifully written biography gripped my interest, and held it to the end. It could be said that the eventful life of this extraordinary character writes itself, but Mr Taylor's biography captures almost the smells of life in the Royal Navy at the turn of the 18th and 19th Centuries. No wonder Captain Pellew was the inspiration (probably) for Captain Jack Aubrey and also used by C S Forrester as Hornblower's mentor. The life of this great seaman and fighter was full of adventure and incident, but the foibles and some flaws of character are also well-described and add to the fullness of the picture we get of this extraordinary figure and his family. If anyone doubts that the Royal Navy was generally a meritocracy, even in the late 1700s, then they should read this book - a kind of Naval rags to riches story.


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