Sea of Thunder

Sea of Thunder

Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign, 1941-1945

Large Print - 2007
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Journalist and bestselling historian Evan Thomas takes us inside the naval war of 1941-1945 in the South Pacific in a way that blends the best of military and cultural history and riveting narrative drama. He follows four men throughout: Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, the American fleet commander; Admiral Takeo Kurita, the Japanese battleship commander; Admiral Matome Ugaki, commander of and last of the kamikazes; and Commander Ernest Evans, who led his destroyer on the last great charge in the last great naval battle in history. Book jacket.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2007.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780786295272
0786295279
Branch Call Number: LP 940.5426 Thom
Characteristics: p. cm.

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SB2000 Dec 16, 2013

A fascinating read. Narrative history at its best. The author really gives a sense of the psychology, personalities, politics and sheer exhaustion involved in managing thousands of men, hundreds of ships over the largest ocean on the planet.

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Ichigaga
Jan 02, 2011

The story is told with great pace and just enough detail, by focusing on four key participants. The plot leads up to the Battle of the Leyte Gulf which the author feels is the last great naval battle. Probably true considering how warfare has changed to unmanned aircraft, satellites, and cruise missiles. An interesting thread in the story is how politics played a part in slowing down communication during key moments of the Battle of the Leyte Gulf costing many lives. No doubt this aspect of warfare has not improved since.

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