- 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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Harm's Way Hardcover – 1962
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
GREAT READ!!! After watching the movie, as always, the book is much better.Published 2 days ago by Wesman
Holds your attention to the end!! Good military story about early part of WW2 years. I recommend this book to any one who enjoys military action.Published 3 days ago by Mrclean
Well written book that captivates the reader with a great action tale. I have seen the movie and have found that this books adds an extra dimension to the talePublished 8 days ago by Dr.Allen Burdowski
Loved the movie. The movie is apparently very consistent with the book as I now know. The more extensive character development is enjoyable.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I seen the movie several years based on Mr Basset's book. The movie was great, but the book is far better.Published 15 days ago by Art Giberson
This book is a terrific read. A movie was made that was excellent, but the book is even better. A must read for any sailor.Published 1 month ago by Unknown
The "In Harms Way" movie was an excellent story that really nailed life in the navy and what a naval commanding officer should be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robear