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Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue Paperback – November 10, 2007
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The best part of the book, by far, is the second half. Participants, primarily surviving crew members of the three sunken destroyers or the destroyer escort Tabberer which rescued 60% of the survivors despite its own severe damage, relate their experiences during the storm, floating in the water for 24-48 hours, being rescued and recovering These survivors' and rescuers' tales, related recently to the authors by a handful of remaining veterans, are informative, frightening, fascinating, memorable and inspiring. I'm glad their firsthand experiences, even in part, have been published.
Unfortunately, apart from the survivors' personal narratives, this book's deficiencies are many. The authors seem to have relatively little knowledge of either the Navy or World War II, with misused terms and questionable characterization events being too numerous to itemize.Read more ›
The illustrations of carriers, battleships, oilers, destroyers, and destroyer escorts compared to 30, 60, and 90 foot waves is the best feature of Drury and Clavin's account. It gives landlubbers a good idea of how rough seas are problems for some ships and not for others. The shortcomings of this book, however, are much more significant. First, the book ignores altogether the second typhoon Halsey sailed into. Melton discusses this one, but not at length. This brevity is understandable, the second typhoon did less damage and sank no ships. It does show, though, that the commander and staff of the Third Fleet learned little from their experiences with the first typhoon despite efforts to do so. The problem that Drury and Clavin have is that this second storm undermines their argument that Halsey was largely blameless for sailing into the typhoons.
The mechanics of publishing also favor Melton. Drury and Clavin have only one map. Melton has nine. He also provides an extensive bibliography and footnotes, whereas Drury and Clavin have a brief bibliography and make no effort to provide any sort of documentation on their sources.Read more ›
Not that the authors, touted by the publisher as "seasoned writers on maritime topics," mean it to be funny, but the constant misuse of nautical terminology, inappropriate allusions to the classics and silly quotations leads to inadvertent humor ranging from mild chuckles to outright howlers.
The two authors evidently had a contest to see who could use the "saltiest" language and include the most irrelevant quotations in their portions of the book. Every opportunity is taken to use some nautical term - often it appears that some inane sentence is included just so another nautical term can be displayed.
So, so often, the terms are used incorrectly.
Some of the best:
The authors assert that sonar pings are displayed on radar scopes.
Trying to be nautical, they describe an admiral who daily "skiffs over" to consult with his commander - they evidently are not aware that a skiff is a tiny one-man boat, usually oared. Sailors would have paid good coin to see an admiral rowing himself about on his official rounds.
They assert that the task force's radars were improperly adjusted, making them unable to make "long-range weather predictions."
"Squadron" and "flotilla" are used by the authors any time they want a synonym for "a bunch of ships." They appear not to understand that these terms have precise meanings.
Ships are constantly referred to as being "in irons." The authors evidently do not know that this term refers only to sailing ships. Powered vessels cannot be "in irons."
American sailors are constantly referred to as "jack tars," a term actually given to British seamen during the sailing ship era.Read more ›
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My husband is a WW2 surviver of this story. He states it happened exactly as written and has no time for Halsey.Published 13 days ago by Donna Timmons
A very interesting account of events in the middle of the WWII in the Pacific, great insights into the personalities of the people involved and the hardships they endured. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Gilbert Moss
This book is more than a chronology of "Halsey's Typhoon, it is a dedication to the bravery of the sailors who risked their lives to save others. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Harvey R.
An exciting and thrilling account of a misadventure by an admiral, who for a second time during World War II, blundered into a devastng storm where two destroyers were lost, many... Read morePublished 23 days ago by George Willett
If you are a history buff, especially Navy, this is the book for you. I was introduced to the book when a WWII Navy Veteran Elmer Workman offered me his copy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Full of very realistic and insightful descriptions of the awful conditions in the typhoon.Published 3 months ago by Mike J.
A fascinating account of a weather related incident and who was responsible. A side of naval warfare in WW II I knew nothing about.Published 5 months ago by Fred Seff
Worth the read, especially if you have family or friends who served in the Navy in the pacific theater during WW-II.Published 7 months ago by Lou Grobmyer