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4.8 out of 5 stars

on 11 May 2013
A very interesting book. Well written and obviously well researched.
Even better than "The last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" also by the same Author.
What was particularly interesting was the views of the Admirals who fought in this campaign and learning what it was that went wrong. It seems hard to understand now that many then did not really believe in the effectiveness of Radar which apparently the Japanese Navy did not seem to have!
The descriptions of the battle from Sailors who were there give a remarkable and horrifying portrayal of what it was like to have been a participant on board ship.
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on 8 February 2017
An excellent easy reading history. The writing to my mind is well set out with facts that are just enough to explain the actual battles. I am a second world history buff so found this one hard to put down. The history of the battles at sea around the island is I do believe not touched by many authors as the battles on the island has always been narrated over and over again. I found this book refreshing at such a small price. Well done j d Hornfischer
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on 19 December 2017
A very interesting record of US navy actions and a good read for anyone who was old enough to be involved in the second world war.
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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 24 December 2016
Epic research, gripping narration. Filled in so many gaps in previously published work. Gets the story from the lower deck to flag rank. Highly recommended.
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on 14 July 2013
James Hornfischer writes in a very readable style and gives up-to-date accounts of the battles that turned the tide permanently in the favour of the United States Navy.
His telling of the Naval battles in which modern warships fought at times almost hull to hull are gripping and exciting giving, like his book 'The last stand of the Tin Can Sailors' a vivid insight into what it must have been like during those horrific encounters.
A refreshing new description of some of the most intense naval battles in history I found this book well worth reading.
Good illustrations and battle maps.
It is a good addition to my Pacific War library.
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on 13 March 2018
Helped to understand battle.
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on 5 February 2017
Both well structured and readable. Accounts of the big hitters fighting at a few miles apart and the significance and human cost of critical decisions.
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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 9 January 2012
The research and detail is amazing. I cannot contemplate the sheer destructive moments as the ships traded salvoes. The writer manages to explain the grand strategy and give the intimate moments of the conflict which many histories have difficulty in interweaving. For anyone interested in the Pacific War this is a must read.
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