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Clear the Decks! Mass Market Paperback – February 20, 1981


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Paperback Library, Inc., New York, NY (February 20, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446320102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446320108
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,179,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A "must read" for anyone interested in the WWII carrier navy, R.Adm. Gallery relates the tedium of service in Iceland, the terror of being stalked by German U-boats in the North Atlantic, capped off with the true-adventure tale of his Carrier Task Group's *capture* of the German U-boat 505 (now on display in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry) off the African coast. D.V. Gallery intersperses writing fit for an adventure novel with the facts of history from the "big seat" aboard the USS Guadalcanal - one of the "baby flat-tops" of the Second World War (probably the single most underrated warship of that war)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. D Lawson on August 14, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It was a lucky crew that got this man for an officer!I can recommend this author and all of his books. Even if he was Navy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ervin Parker on May 6, 2007
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Clear the Decks!

"Salty, irreverent, highly amusing" -- New York Times

"One of the best adventure tales of the war." -- Time Magazine

"A book you don't want to put down once you start reading it." -- Our Navy

"Clear The Decks... has an authentic, briny tang to it. And the climax, the tale of Admiral Gallery's brilliant capture of a German U-Boat, is breath-taking.... Anyone who wants to know the real reason why our Navy wins wars ought to read this book." -- Herman Wouk

"As an action-packed account of a baby flattop's campaign against U-boats in World War II, this is a corker. The author writes with warmth, understanding, clarity and rough humor." -- St. Louis Post Dispatch

"A good deal more than a series of belly-laughs." -- BOMC News

"You do not need to be a lover of the sea to enjoy this splendid and humorous." -- Columbus Dispatch

"A RIP-SNORTING ACCOUNT!" -- Los Angles Mirror
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ervin Parker on May 6, 2007
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Clear the Decks!

"Salty, irreverent, highly amusing" -- New York Times

"One of the best adventure tales of the war." -- Time Magazine

"A book you don't want to put down once you start reading it." -- Our Navy

"Clear The Decks... has an authentic, briny tang to it. And the climax, the tale of Admiral Gallery's brilliant capture of a German U-Boat, is breath-taking.... Anyone who wants to know the real reason why our Navy wins wars ought to read this book." -- Herman Wouk

"As an action-packed account of a baby flattop's campaign against U-boats in World War II, this is a corker. The author writes with warmth, understanding, clarity and rough humor." -- St. Louis Post Dispatch

"A good deal more than a series of belly-laughs." -- BOMC News

"You do not need to be a lover of the sea to enjoy this splendid and humorous." -- Columbus Dispatch

"A RIP-SNORTING ACCOUNT!" -- Los Angles Mirror
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By corsorob@pilot.msu.edu on May 9, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the forward, the author remarks that this book will never be used as a textbook in any of the high-level military schools. This is a pity. It is easy to understand the successes achieved by Adm. Gallery's units throughout WWII, and while he is much more modest than other senior officers, there can be little doubt that he is the reason for all these victories. Not only is this a wonderful book for anyone who aspires to be a leader, but it is a tremendously amusing and well-written book.
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