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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557505977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557505972
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.8 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,867,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part of the new audiobook series Now Hear This, Battleship Sailor offers the memoir of radioman Mason aboard the USS California during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. While Mason delivers a front-row account of his harrowing experiences during the raid, he also provides a social and cultural view of his life in the Navy. Richard Rohan is believable as the author's voice, relating in an orderly account his life aboard ship and on shore. Rohan is expressive without overdramatizing, reflecting Mason's recollections of his buddies, the shore leaves, and the nightlife in port. The small details will strike a chord with many listeners. There iscertainly an audience that is likely to be enthusiastic about this and other personal accounts presented in the Naval Institute Press audiobooks. R.F.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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A must-read for students of naval history!
Christopher C. Chandler
He enjoyed the book very much and did not want to put it down until he finished it.
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The book reads just like the stories he would tell.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By codelee@aol.com Art Lee on September 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
I couldn't lay this book down, once started. Ted Mason put me back in Hawaii during those dark days of 1940/41. He vividly describes how it was to be a sailor in the rigid "pecking order" of the "Old Navy." As a Pearl Harbor Survivor myself, he made that day come alive. More important, he reminded me of the days of the fleet at San Pedro in 1939. Read it if you have any interest in how it was to be a young bluejacket in the pre-war Navy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Chandler on January 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great look at life in the Navy just before the outbreak of World War II. Mason provides unique insight to a world that has been obscured by myth and movies over the past sixty years. It really gives a sense of a sailor's life in the old Navy, and his revisitation of the Pearl Harbor attack is simply riveting. A must-read for students of naval history!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bender on June 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
My Dad was assigned to the USS California from 1936 until she was sunk on December 7th. The book reads just like the stories he would tell. My Dad past away Nov 2002. He spent 30 years in the Navy and most of the stories he told were when he was on the "Prune Barge". He played football and baseball on the ships team. I always wondered if the sailor Mr. Mason spoke to when he was touring the ship when first assigned was my Dad - he was a MM3 - "snipe" - worked in the engine room. It sure did sound like a response my Dad would give. One of the sailors awarded the Medal of Honor, Robert Scott (Zeke) was my fathers best friend on the California. They were "Battleship Sailors".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Mason gives straight scoop on pre WWII Navy
life. A reserve Radioman, Mason fights for
acceptance among the old salts. Packed with
hero worship, liberty tales of bordello
visits and the tragic events of Dec 7th, 1941
quayside at Ford Island. Old sailors will
smile as Mason tells his story of "growing up
in the Navy." Well told, but a bit disjointed
toward the end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CentralCity'sSon on May 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book.There is sure to be a massive wave of new found interest in the suprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the events surrounding it due to the upcoming movie, and anyone who wants to get a feel for what it was really like to be there on the deck of a battleship dodging bullets and bombs, this book is unequaled anywhere. What really makes this an outstanding book is not just the gripping account of the attack itself, but also of the time period just beforehand. Mr Mason does an excellent job of relaying the false sense of security and invincibility that we as Americans held before we were thrown headlong into the most savage and trying war in the history of mankind. Mr Mason's portrait of the life of a sailor in the days of the pre-war "Old Navy" is something to be treasured and preserved especially now that our population of veterans from that period is inexorably fading. I thought that the author could ease off on some of the "50-cent" words, as constantly having to consult your dictionary can interfere with your enjoyment of this book. Overall, a great read, and a must have for anyone interested in Pearl Harbor or naval history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan T. Flynn on March 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Mason's book is one of the best written about life in the prewar fleet. The first two thirds of the book deals with his life as a naval reserve in the Navy of the battleship admirals and career senior enlisted. He goes into unpolished accounts of what really went on during shore leaves and the entire system in place aboard ship. The last third of the book covers the attack itself, the sinking of the California, and the confusion of the initial days after the attack when a landing was expected at any moment and missing shipmates were located. One of three books by Mason, this gives a great taste of what life was like for the common sailor leading up to the war and the shock with which they greeted the Japanese attack. A must-read.
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By Tawnya on December 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this book many years ago in the paperback format. The book is well written and you truly get a sense of what it was like to be a sailor during the most infamous time in history. I was riveted because my father-in-law, Richard Stammerjohan, was mentioned in the book. He was a radio man as well and a friend of the author's. Before his passing, my son interviewed his grandpa for a school project and the stories he told were remarkable! The young men chronicled in this book are true American heroes.
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By Ed Campbell on August 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The "battleship navy" ended for all intents in December `41 at Pearl Harbor, where the superiority of the aircraft carrier was powerfully demonstrated. Mason was there, having signed on for a one-year hitch in the navy reserves. He was trained as a radio man, transcribing messages in Morse code, a semi-elite position for an enlisted sailor. His description of naval training and life aboard the battleship California is wonderful... you are there. And then of course comes December 7th, which Mason observed from his battle station high atop the California's mainmast. Just amazing. Highly recommended.
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