Category: History: Military: WWII
Copyright/published Year: 1975 by Bantam Books
With the content of an authoritative reference and the ì excitement of a thriller, this history of the U.S. submarine war ì is one of the most informative and entertaining books written on ì the Pacific campaign. The author, a respected journalist and ì World War II submariner himself, is credited with providing a ì complete and unbiased account of what happened. When published in ì 1975, it was the first such account to detail controversial ì aspects of the American campaign, from the torpedo scandal to ì discrepancies between claimed and confirmed sinkings.
To get to the truth, Clay Blair interviewed scores of ì skippers, staff officers, and code breakers, and combed thousands ì of documents and personal papers. In addition, he thoroughly ì researched the development of the submarine and torpedo from ì pre-war to post-war times. As a result, he takes the reader into ì the submarine war at all levels?the highest strategy sessions in ì Washington, the terrifying moments in subs at the bottom of the ì ocean waiting out exploding depth charges, the zany efforts of a ì crew coaxing a chicken to lay an egg. He also exposes the reader ì to the jealous infighting of admirals vying for power and the ì problems between cautious older skippers and daring young ì commanders. Supplementing the text are nearly forty maps showing ì submarine activity in the context of every important naval ì engagement in the Pacific, more than thirty pages of photographs, ì multiple appendixes (including a calendar of submarine war ì patrols), and an index of over 2,000 entries. This is a work of ì great scholarship and scope that makes a timeless contribution to ì the history of World War II.
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1975 trade size paperback. Well read copy with wear to cover and some pages. Text is unmarked.
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