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on March 30, 2012
This great historical work was easy to read; more like a novel than a book of WWII history. I recommend to anyone who is interested in the history of the Second World War.
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on August 12, 2013
There must be hundreds of books, TV shows, and magazine articles dedicated to the sinking of the Bismarck therefore it may be difficult to find anything new on any work about this battleship. Nevertheless it is a good reading for the naval enthusiast. The book beginds with a brief history of the battleship including of course the Dreadnought era. The central characters are the commanders of both the German and the English squadrons, Churchill makes only a brief appearance here therefore this is a book about ships, naval strategy and naval commanders and does not mess much with the politics nor the politicians from both sides.
The Kindle version has several typos and minor editorial flaws that should be corrected, the maps aren't a great deal either but you must have into account that this is not a book that should valued by its graphic content but by its narrative.
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on August 20, 2012
The author had done quite a thorough research to put this engaging historical event together. I haven't read any other account on the sinking of the Bismarck therefore I can not comment on this book's accuracy. However I can see it's adequately referenced which enables curious readers to conduct their own research / verification if they wish.
The book contains numerous typos and would require some professional editing and proofreading. However I don't find these things are significant enough to put me off reading.
I wish the author have spent a little bit more time on developing his characters. Sometimes people just jump in without introduction. Afterall, the battlecruiser was only a pile of metal without its commander and all the officers and seamen lived and died with it.
The maps on Kindle are unreadable, might be better to get a paperback.
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on June 30, 2013
Absolutely the best naval warfare book I think I have ever read. The authors do a great job of putting you back in time. Detailed but not overwhelming.

Character development is awesome. I feel like I know all the participants personally.

When I was in my teens and 20s I played an Avalon Hill board war game called War at Sea. I felt as if I were observing two expert players at this game making move after move beginning in the Fall of 1939. It took me back to a lot of fun times I had playing that game with my older brother.

I will be buying more books by these authors. They do a remarkable job.
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on March 31, 2012
Before purchasing the book I wanted to learn more about the Bismarck which was a "myth" and the subject of several books during my childhood. And I obtained what I was looking for. An outstandingly researched book, full with interesting details, gripping like a spy novel. Now I would welcome a story about the pocket cruiser Graf Spee, her Captain Hans Langsdorf and the Battle of the River Plate which she fought close to my home (Buenos Aires City)
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on July 5, 2013
If the term "bunkering oil" was used once it was used a thousand times. A great subject reduced in its suspense by the repeated discussion of supplying and fueling the ancillary vessels in the chase.
Chapter after chapter of mundane details and then POOF..the Bismark is GONE! No description of the final minutes of the great ship...but oh how you get details of hawser size and tons of fuel taken...
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on March 31, 2012
I found this book to be historically accurate and very engaging. The personal insights of the crew were invaluable in trying to understand the seemingly mad division of forces leading to the final desperate fight taking the grand ship to her grave. Once again, we are reminded that despite the best plans, seemingly chance elements creep into any wartime equation.
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on March 22, 2012
This version of the story of the battleship Bismark's brief action in the Atlantic during WWII tries to present all points of view at once and sometimes gets tangled up. It is excitingly presented and thorough, but suffers from a lack of editing, mostly in translating from the German. The idiom often is not translated at all, making it seem awkward at times
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on January 1, 2014
another great book about the sinking of this powerful battleship. tragic loss of life and finally the triumph of british naval forces.well written easy to read. this account really covers the whole account what the allies were facing. again this book should be read to let the younger generation know what was sacrificed to bring freedom prevail. 5 stars.
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on March 2, 2013
Great Read, especially in you have interest in Naval History. Very well written and an overlook into the German thought process during this time.It was evident once that facts come out that Germany would not survive the war. Although there were only shallow glimpses into Hitler's legacy in the war that he started.
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