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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, objective account of the Bismarck saga, 23 May 2003
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Considering that the author was serving on one of ships which participated in the chase of Bismarck, I was expecting a partisan account of the story. I couldn't have been more wrong. This is a wonderfully written book, surprisingly objective, with a distinctly human angle to it. Kennedy mixes hard fact, with speculation on why the leaders of each side did what they did, from both German and British perspectives.
It's a gripping read, at times dramatic, funny, and very sad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of the action., 15 Jan 1999
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This is an excellent account of the action between Hood and Bismark, and the subsequent pursuit of Bismark ending in her destruction. At this price, it can't be bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars UNCLES, 12 Feb 2014
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GOT THIS FOR MY 94 YEAR OLD UNCLE HE SERVED IN THE ROYAL NAVY HE ENJOYED IT AND IT MADE HIS DAY WHEN I TOOK IT ROUND FOR HIM
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent a book which has travelled well., 28 April 2011
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I first read this book when I was 15 many years ago in the mid 1970's and it has lost none of its appeal both as a history and a work of English.
Sadly Ludovic Kennedy is no longer with us but in his account of the Bismarck and the chase across the Atlantic to bring her to battle he has left a naval classic for future generations.
I cannot fault the book it is an accurate history which stands up well 35 years odd after it was written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best accounts, 10 Jan 2010
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birchden "birchden" (Eastbourne, East Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This is a worthwhile and even-handed account of the pursuit and subsequent sinking of the Bismarck, which is particularly notable for the way in which in the author uses his own wartime experience as a junior naval officer to evoke the human element of this dramatic episode of naval history and bring the account to life.

Especially memorable in this respect are his comments on the sinking of the Hood and his description of the grim fate of Bismarck's survivors as the Dorsetshire broke off her rescue action.

The book is not without its inaccuracies -- for example, Kennedy wrongly suggests that Luftwaffe reconnaisance of Scapa Flow was misled by British decoy ships -- and it is marred by a writing style which perversely omits many conjunctions.

However, Kennedy's book will be read with profit by anyone seeking a straightforward account of how in the space of three days, two of the world's greatest warships were destroyed and with them over 3,500 mostly young lives.
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Pursuit: The chase and Sinking of the "Bismarck"
Pursuit: The chase and Sinking of the "Bismarck" by Ludovic Kennedy (Hardcover - 18 Mar 1974)
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