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U-Boat Ace: The Story of Wolfgang Luth (Bluejacket Books)
U-Boat Ace: The Story of Wolfgang Luth (Bluejacket Books)
by Jordan Vause
Edition: Paperback

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book about a controversial U boat Captain, 28 Oct. 2003
I bought this book because it had been ages since I read "Iron Coffins" and always had an interest in WW2 Naval History. I was expecting a plain "German side" account of sinking merchant ships and getting depth charged, a book version of "Das Boot" if you will. I was therefore pleasantly surprised by Jordan Vause's writing and analysis which clearly surpassed these ho-hum expectations. The author presents a distinctly human Captain, who has both faults and virtues, and also dramatically recounts how he and his crew overcame failures, and basked in their early successes in Germany's 2nd futile war against Russia and the Western Democracies. They also ultimately fight their war in exotic locales, like off the South African coast, and even the Indian Ocean! And as a finale, the book ends with the Captain's controversial and thought provoking murder or suicide, which can never be truly resolved. The book also describes numerous leadership traits and excercises which the commander employed to keep his crew focused and in high spirits.
Even if you have only passing interest in WW2 this book is extemely interesting. If you are a little bit of a history nut as I am, this book is a MUST buy.


Hell in the Pacific
Hell in the Pacific
by Jonathan Lewis
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read, given the topic, 30 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Hell in the Pacific (Hardcover)
This is a great book, pure and simple. The only warning is that one must be prepared to stomach man's barbarity to fellow man. If you're looking for patriotic hurrah one-sided propaganda then this is not it. It is extremely objective, and gives an accurate and even-handed assesment of how the war in the Pacific was much different that the war in Europe, and how in some cases, the allies behaved just as barbaric as the Japanese.
Its one of those books that you think about for days after you are done. Is there a better reason to get any book?


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