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Harm's Way Hardcover – 1962

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 446 pages
  • Publisher: World Pub. Co; 1st edition (1962)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DERI6
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"In Harm's Way" has always been a favorite movie, but only recently did I realize it was based upon this book. Luckily, Amazon provided a copy of this out-of-print treasure.

James Bassett, Captain, US Naval Reserve (retired), handled Admiral William F. Halsey's press relations from the Guadalcanal campaign to the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. While what he wrote was fiction, he drew from actual events and people to create a fascinating story of the Pacific War in a backwater area, with insufficient resources to do what was required and too far from the other operational areas to get timely support, if those areas even had the means to support so early in the US' involvement in WWII.

From Pearl Harbor into late 1942, we are privy to Captain, then Admiral, Rockwell Torrey's thought processes and inner turmoil that accompanies many fateful decisions. We see the human behind a cold and distant exterior, and view the interplay of commanders and those they command. Torrey is assigned the impossible--to get a stalled operation moving, mount an invasion against a supposedly impregnable stronghold, and stop the enemy's drive against overwhelming odds--while dealing with a hesitant and politically powerful senior area commander and his former senator aide.

The story also contains one of the most vivid descriptions of a modern sea battle I've ever read. Bassett really knew how to pull the reader into the story and keep us there until the ending.

This book is a keeper, and I hope it will very soon be available on Kindle.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Rockwell Torrey is a career naval captain who has served since World War I. Now it is the dawn of another world war as his ship patrols outside Pearl Harbor. His world has been somewhat sheltered since his marriage failed years before. He goes nowhere and mingles with no one. With the outbreak of the war his past begins to emerge in the form of a son he barely knew. He also finds love again, but with the war taking front seat, he must balance his personal life with his tasks in the navy. He must deal with egos of other commanders while striving to do his job. A monumental task while dealing with those who are trying to advance in rank and glory. These do not concern him. Along the way he must deal with the antics of his friend Paul Eddington whose life is a disater. In the end he must risk sacrificing himself and his command to save a landing force and everyone he cares about. This book was made into an epic movie about 1965 which is a wonderful film. The book of course goes into more detail about everyone and their lives. If you like either or the other both are great pieces of work.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The movie "In Harm's Way" with John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Patricia Neal among others was made from this novel, The story of Captain and later Rear Admiral Rockwell Torrey beginning with the Pearl Harbor attack and then being put in charge of a bogged down operation from a hesitant Vice Admiral and all the trials and tribulations involved therein, a little romance with Nurse Maggie Haynes and getting to know his estranged son Jere. The movie stays fairly true to the book.
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A LONG TIME OUT OF PRINT, BUT A BOOK WHICH I READ AND ENJOYED WHEN IT WAS NEW, AND ENJOYED AGAIN WHEN I READ IT THIS TIME.AN EXCELLENT MOVIE(IN MY OPINION)STARRING JOHN WAYNE,AND SEVERAL OTHER NOTABLES OF THE TIME WAS MADE BASED ON THE BOOK,FOLLOWING IT FAIRLY CLOSELY.MY INITIAL COPY WAS LOANED TO SOME ONE AND NEVER RETURNED,AND I HAVE SEARCHED FOR IT ,OFF AND ON,FOR SOME TIME, WITH OUT SUCCESS,UNTIL ON A WHIM, I CHECKED "AMAZON".i WILL READ IT AGAIN, BUT WILL NOT LOAN IT TO ANY ONE.
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Format: Hardcover
I admit it...I love John Wayne war movies. In Harm's Way is one movie that I could watch a thousand times and never get tired of! I have most of it memorized. So when on a whim I decided to look for the book, I was thrilled to find it. It was a great read, although I couldn't help making comparisons to the movie. The book was very well written, but I will have to say that I still love the movie best. This surprises me, because I normally like books better than movies. Perhaps I feel this way because I have had such a nostalgic relationship with the movie. Either way, the book is wonderful and well worth finding and reading.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have seen the movie a couple of times and enjoyed it so when I found the book on Kindle I said go for it. While both stay on the same general basis, I know movies are limited in the time they run, I think the book is better. As one reviewer mention this is a study in command, particularly World War 2 command. I totally agree. In most other books you seldom find how the commander felt about the orders he issued let alone the understanding of what they could mean in ships and men lost. I also agree with one other reviewer that said the relationship with his son was much better than the movie. I really got a kick out of the way the author takes several major sea battles that took place over about a two year period and puts them together as one battle. Good book and well worth the money.
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I have seen the movie based on this book many times. I have always liked it, but thought the ending was a little rushed. The book is great. It is in fact a study of command, and how different people react to it.
The writing in this book is good. The characters are well drawn, and clearly delineated. The military details are well done. The battle of Pala passage, the ultimate end to the movie, is only one of two battles that ends the book. The second, recalling the Battle off Samar, is particularly well done.
So, if you have never seen the movie, read this first. Then rent the movie. Both are good, the book is better.
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