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Building the PT Boats: An Illustrated History of U.S. Navy Torpedo Boat Construction in World War II Paperback – May 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1934840856 ISBN-10: 1934840858

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Nimble Books (May 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934840858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934840856
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pictures are great and very informative.
C. J. Willis
I must commend the author Frank Andruss for compiling such an amazing piece of history.
M. Lori andruss
Frank J. Andruss, Sr. is a true PT Boat historian and enthusiast.
John F. Molnar

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jerry N. Gilmartin Jr. on July 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Hello,
I am involved in the restoration of PT Boat 658 in Portland Oregon and have been involved with PT Boats for 15 years now. I am a member of the Save the PT Boat Inc Board of Directors, and have been interested in them all of my life. I showed Franks book to the entire PT Boat group, which consists of 10-15 WW2 PT veterans and everyone was amazed at the rare content of this book as well as the authoritative descriptions and presentation as a whole. Frank has a wealth of great photos in the book that you simply cannot find anywhere else and I feel truly fortunate that he was able to share them with us. Anybody who has even a passing interest in PT Boats, from history buffs to modelers, will be unable to put this book down. It will also increase in value as you keep referring back to it for one more look at these rare photos. I would rate this book very high in any collection of books on this subject. Jerry
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John F. Molnar on June 28, 2009
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PT Boats were one of the true success stories of WW2. Anyone who loves or wishes to learn about these gallant little boats MUST read this book. The story of "Building the PT Boats" is told with many great original photos and easy to understand text. Three cheers for the PT Boats and those who keep the memory of them alive. Frank J. Andruss, Sr. is a true PT Boat historian and enthusiast. His knowledge and expertise on this subject made this book possible. Well done Frank!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Will B. Day on May 23, 2009
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With this excellent volume, Mr. Andruss has added a valuable chapter to the history of the famous PT boats of World War II. His concise, informative narrative and thorough pictorial record serve to enhance an important phase in these boats' developmental process. A must read for any student of the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. P. Ross II on May 29, 2010
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This mostly photographic effort is perhaps the most significant and refreshing work on the subject in years. Rather than the usual (and often error-filled) rehash of previously-published materials so prevalent these days, Andruss provides the reader with a large number of captioned photos covering the manufacture of the boats of the three major yards - ELCO, Higgins, and Huckins. Most of the photos have seldom or never been previously published and many of them are interior shots. There are a couple minor errors, but they do not negatively impact the overall value of the book.

I'm definitely happy to have it in my library.

Al Ross
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Schneider on December 6, 2010
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The first of it kind to give the backround about the famed PT's of WW2. The details are about building the boast the company and men behind the creation of these wonderfull boats.

Anyone who is love with the PT's should have this book on there shelf.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vung Kwan Chun on June 26, 2009
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This is a must read PT boat book. It nicely filled the void of the subject. The author wisely picked the pictorial approach to illustrate the complicated construction process that no lengthy text can adequately
describe. Since the pictures were originally from 8 X 10 glossy factory
prints, they are something to behold.
Victor Chun (Author of AMERICAN PT BOATS IN WW II)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ed B on June 9, 2009
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A stunning compilation of photography and anecdotes on this subject that can't be found elsewhere.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Willis on June 10, 2009
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This is an excellent book on how PT Boats were built. The pictures are great and very informative. Having spent 13 months aboard a Higgins PT Boat during WW11 I know first hand many items that Mr. Andruss portrays in this book. He is one of the foremost authorties on WW 11 PT Boats today. I highly recommend Mr. Andruss' book.
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