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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 510 pages
  • Publisher: World Pub. Co; 1st edition (1962)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DERI6
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. K. Smith on June 8, 2011
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"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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J, Carter Watts on January 9, 2012
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Tyson on June 25, 2010
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gene Tate on September 24, 2006
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Hurst on March 26, 2011
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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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In Harms Way is one of my favorite movies because of the brilliant casting, including my favorite actor, Patricia Neal. As noted elsewhere the special effects are cheesy, and maybe some day some will fix that with CGI, like the Star Trek Original series space scenes have been updated on the BluRay releases. But no matter, the battle scenes are almost beside the point in the Greek tragedy that unfolds among the characters.. I finally found and read this book, after seeing the movie just a few weeks before for the umpteenth time. I'm very ambivalent about the book today. Before you pay top dollar (I paid $18 for what was originally a 75 cent paper back) for pricey used copy, you should consider getting it on inter-library loan if possible. I'm not going to delineate every difference between the book and the movie. Suffice it to say the movie tells the story differently, but tells it much, much better. The pacing is better, the romantic triangle is more clearly drawn, and we can infer much of the internal dialog instead of wading through page after page of stream-of-conscious rambling. The book stands well on its own, even without the movie, and it illustrates a time and types of human relationships that are almost gone from America, for better or worse. "I'll be here when you wake up"-Maggie (Patricia Neal)
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