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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767929985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767929981
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Despite the enthusiastic title, the Intrepid's story is no more epic than that of a dozen others. Yet after entering service in January 1944, it saw plenty of action, as this impassioned history shows. White, president of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, and former fighter pilot Gandt (Bogeys and Bandits) deliver a steady stream of nuts-and-bolts battle action. The war against Japan offered innumerable dogfights, invasion support and sea battles during which the carrier suffered terrible damage from torpedoes and kamikaze attacks. Decommissioned in 1947, it returned to service in 1954 after an extensive overhaul. Details of Cold War cruises lack the fireworks of war, but readers will find some interest in the ship's duties recovering early astronauts. The obsolescent Intrepid served off Vietnam during 1966–1968, losing many planes and pilots. The authors devote 50 pages to the surprisingly difficult process of turning the Intrepid into a popular New York City tourist site. Lowbrow military history, full of purple prose and overwrought, invented dialogue, but undemanding military buffs will enjoy it. Maps. (Sept. 30)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

White and Gandt may encounter some flak for calling the preserved World War II aircraft carrier Intrepid “America’s most legendary warship,” but their book certainly offers a gripping narrative of the ship’s distinguished career. In service from 1943, it took so much damage as to be nicknamed “the Dry I” and “Decrepit,” although it gave as good as it got. After a postwar sojourn in mothballs, Intrepid served another 20 years as an antisubmarine carrier, a recovery ship for early space flights, and an improvised attack carrier off North Vietnam. Under the auspices of the late philanthropist Zachary Fisher and his family, Intrepid has been converted into a floating aviation museum and patriotic shrine on the Manhattan waterfront. White is connected with the Fishers, Gandt is a retired naval aviator, and together they have fashioned a readable and exciting work of naval history. --Roland Green --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Such a great tribute and pictures.
Kevin Klutschkowski
I highly recommend this book for WWII buffs and any others interested in the history of aircraft carriers of that period.
Burke J. Landry
The book is a story well-told and much appreciated.
William J. Vitale, MD, USAAF

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jkm3rd on October 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Another naval aviation book success from the computers of Bob Gandt and Bill White, a non-fiction one this time that already has been number 518 on the best sales list of Amazon.com after only three days on the street. This book was also selected by the Military Book Club as a primary selection in the near future.

Despite the more than tepid review of "Publisher's Weekly" quoted above, "INTREPID" is a well written, tautly scripted military history written by a veteran naval aviator and commercial airline captain with over 30,000 hours of air time. His dialogue of the people involved in over 60 years of the USS Intrepid's history is either taken from tapes and manuscripts and interviews of those involved or derived from Gandt's deep knowledge and research of things naval, not contrived as claimed above by the "Weekly." The authencity is real, it is there, and it makes for first class reading as noted by other military authors above.

The occasion of the totally renovated USS Intepid's return to the Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City's harbor is the underlying reason for this work, but it turns out to be much more than that. The over half a century of active duty service for this nation and as a living naval history center that all can visit makes Intrepid very special. And so is this book. Gandt and White, the latter the initial curator and now president of the Intrepid's museum site, have collaborated to write a truly definitive and gripping account of this famous vesel's career -- one so impressive that the U.S. presidential aspirant and former naval aviator who flew missions from the Intrepid, John S. McCain, wrote the foreward to this volume.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donna Deese on November 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I discovered this book on the Don Imus Show on RFD TV.
A well written history of a great ship. A must for any history buff.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Burke J. Landry on February 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
White has done a fine job in this book. I was a plane captain assigned to a Corsair along with one of his interviewees, Felix Novelli, also a plane captain of a Corsair. White has obviously done much research, and accurately so. His descriptions of battles with the kamikazes are quite realistic and bring back many memories, frightfully so. White cites Novelli's witnessing the attack on the Franklin. I, too, witnessed this. I was in the chow line on the port side when the attack occurred. I saw the plane and witnessed 27 explosions before turning away. I simply could not bear to watch any more. One point in the book that I question, and it is minor. But, I do have to admit that my memory of the April 16 attack is somewhat vague, but it seems that the two kamikazes attacked from on high off the starboard side rather than from low astern as White describes. I do have to admit to being very busy at this time, however, since my battle station was a 40mm quad tub on the port side just aft of the elevator where the suicider struck. I was quite busy handling ammo at that moment and 63 years have taken a toll on my memory. Nevertheless, the book is a fine representation of the "Mighty I" and what she went through while I was on board. I highly recommend this book for WWII buffs and any others interested in the history of aircraft carriers of that period.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My husband bought this because we're friends with one of the ace pilots who flew off her. I picked it up to read the parts about that friend and was hooked. Every page is a shining example of the fact that America is "the home of the free because of the brave". The authors have woven interviews with pilots and crew members, journals, and ship logs to make a very readable book that puts it's readers in the pilot seat for some incredible battle recollections. We had visited the Intrepid in New York in 2001. I wish I had the insight of this book to help understand that visit. We plan to go back to visit her again since the restoration. When we were there, we were overwhelmed with the docents' personal stories and the emotional reaction of the young people who were visiting with us. I'm ordering another copy for a "loaner".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mindy Abraham on August 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought the book when I visited the Intrepid in NYC on Memorial day, thinking it would be very exciting. When I started to read it, i was a little dissapointed in the tone of the book,as the chapters were written in a oddly undramatic style, despite the exciting story they were trying to tell. My favorite chapters were the WWII chapters, and the chapters about the Fisher family who gave so much to our military families. The ship itself has a great story to tell, and seeing it is a must if you visit NY, but, the book itself does not live up to the potential.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Shuler on March 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Epic Story of America's Most Legendary Warship Intrepid

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The Epic Story of America's Most Legendary Warship Intrepid by Bill White and Robert Gandt is a very comprehensive history of a the aircraft carrier Intrepid. I reside within fifteen miles of the Intrepid and have visited her many times. I know of the history of the Intrepid, but the book made me realize how little I actually knew of the legendary aircraft carrier.
I was aware she served in WW II in the Pacific and Senator John McCain was a pilot aboard her during the war in Vietnam. Also, during the dark days of September 11, 2001 she served as a command post.
As a soldier, I am always amazed something so big can float and then be able to launch combat planes. The book begins with her actions in WW II and describes in detail the combat the Intrepid participated in and the kamazike attacks the ship withstood. The Intrepid WW II actions are very impressive by it and that alone would make an interesting book. The Intrepid was one of the few fortunate aircraft carriers to be selected to be refit after World War II.
After the Vietnam War, the Intrepid assisted NASA by recovering astronauts from the Atlantic Ocean. Later the Navy would decommissioned her and but decided to bring her out of mothballs and recommission her for continued service. The authors Bill White and Robert Gandt go into detail about the changes to the Intrepid.
September 11, 2001 the Intrepid served as a command post for the United States Government as much of their office space was destroyed in the World Trade Center. The Intrepid to this day has a mission to support New York City in times of crisis.
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