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Q-Ships Versus U-Boats: America's Secret Project Hardcover – 30 May 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1st Edition edition (30 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557500444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557500441
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the basis of its title, I had expected this book to be a complete overview of US Q-ship operations. I therefore bought it on the assumption that it would have some coverage of two other US Q-ships in which I had a particular interest. However, they weren't even mentioned.

The book itself both benefitted and suffered from the author's personal association with its subject. Benefitted because he brought some insights probably available from few others. Suffered because it lacked some of the detachment of a historian. I particularly disliked the unnecessary recreation of descriptive scenes for which there were no surviving witnesses, which drifted perilously close to "faction".

For those with a specific interest in two particular ships, this may be a good book but, for those interested in US Q-ships, it falls well short of the more general history the title implies.
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Format: Hardcover
As the surviving son of Daniel Kosmider who was assigned to the USS ATIK I read with relish the information concerning his fate which has been hidden for all these years. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. This is a tale of heroic men, officer and enlisted, who agreed to serve as shark bait. The game they played could not have been any more dangerous and if attacked, they could expect no assistance. This is an excellent read but hardly the finest hour for the president and navy brass who put such brave men in such an untennable position.
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Format: Hardcover
A super book on an overlooked part of the Battle of the Atlantic --- the U.S. Q-Ships. Moreover, thanks to Kenneth Beyer, the families of men on the "Secret Ships" Asterion and Atik have a reference that documents what their parents and, in my case, grandparents accomplished, endured and gave in a little documented aspect of the Battle of the Atlantic.
I knew my Mother's Father, Guy Brown Ray, was an officer aboard the Asterion but little else until Mr. Beyer's book.
Mr. Beyer -- THANK YOU!!!
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