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on 19 December 2011
A gripping and very readable account of the turning points in the battle for the South Pacific between the Japanes and US navies in WWII.
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on 18 June 2013
A whole series of myths have been dispelled by this well documented book. His prose is factual and matter of fact--no Bruce Catton he--but all the more compelling for its news reporting style. Without tarnishing the Marines' glorious record the Navy is finally acknowledged to have suffered twice the casualties as the Corps while demonstrating as crews and individuals the highest standards of heroism and devotion to their country.
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on 5 February 2015
Getting into the weeds of the horrendously bloody Solomons campaign, this book really provides insights into the issues suffered by the Allied and Axis navies in this key campaign during WW2. A must have title if you have an interest in the campaign - and equally vital if you have ever wondered why the USN did not use its Battleships more in their designed for role.... Get this book.
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on 11 January 2015
Excellent,.... A good read. This author is good at describing the sheer horrors of being aboard a warship when she's being attacked. Well researched and like his other book, "The last stand of the Tin Can Sailors", its worth buying if you're interested in naval warfare.
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on 30 April 2014
By far the best book about the US Navy at Guadalcanal I have seen. All I need now is another book about the land battles and thats it.
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on 2 April 2016
An excellent book and a gripping read. James Hornfischer is amongst my favourite authors. No doubt about it.
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on 8 November 2014
A must read worth five stars any day.
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