A really great war storey,,
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This review is from: Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal (Kindle Edition)
Yes it’s a naval storey but it has a far broader appeal.
War is usually thought about as a conflict between machines; it avoids the thinking about the human tragedy. Naval fighting even by sailors is seen as a fight between ships. There is also the thinking from a distance of ‘how could that have happened?’ and the prospective that it is incomprehensible for an event to have happened.
This book shows exactly how, despite everything, technology plays second fiddle to the decisions of people. It brilliantly takes you into the fight between men and the storey which carried them into the confusion and chaos which cannot be tamed by planners. It shows how war, at the personal level, is a throw of the dice and small choices, individual decisions, situational awareness all have affects that far outweigh the original planners ideas for events to unfold. If you ever need to think about how crazy things happen - or don’t happen in any part of war – this shows how the human affects everything.
If you read a lot of war storeys or the history behind it, from ancient times to the use of Cyber warfare, read this book and think about the greatness (and weakness) of the men in the middle of it all.