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Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific Hardcover – October 28, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031238694X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312386948
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This worthy addition to the World War II shelves is based on Hipperson’s interviews with Ray Davis, a U.S. Navy radioman and petty officer during the war. Davis joined the navy before the war to get away from the family farm and had already served in the Arctic when the outbreak of war caught him at Pearl Harbor. Assigned to the torpedo bombers of the carrier Yorktown, he was lucky enough to survive the squadron’s strike against the Japanese and the subsequent sinking of his ship. Much of the rest of the war he spent in Alaska, flying missions against the Japanese-held Kuriles and working with Russian pilots sent to assist with the ferrying of lend-lease American aircraft. He also conducted a long-distance courtship of the woman to whom he was still married in 2007. A very readable memoir by a member of the generation that, however great it may have been, definitely did a thankless job well enough to keep things from becoming a great deal worse for the U.S. --Roland Green

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Radioman is a fine and informative outline of an everyday American who enlisted in the US Navy before World War Two and experienced first hand war in the Pacific. It is a useful and informative introduction to the world of enlisted men in a different era. In some ways it resembles the more practical side of the Sand Pebbles.”--Newt Gingrich

Radioman is the best written biography of a WWII career I've ever read. This book will cement the bonds between any reader and ‘the Greatest Generation’.”—Mal Middlesworth, National President, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Inc.

Radioman is truly an engrossing and well-spun narrative. Hipperson retains Daves’ fresh, youthful voice in a story that balances his colorful attention to detail with his broader perceptions. For those of us who have never experienced war first-hand, it is a compelling, action-filled story that moves quickly, while offering a rich array of interpretive notes and timelines for great reflection and substance.”— Marsha Rooney, Curator of History, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

"From battle to battle, Radioman recounts a survivor's tale that must not be forgotten. Insights, memories, and most importantly--lessons. Never forget."--Vice Admiral John G. Morgan, Jr., United States Navy, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information, Plans, and Strategy

“Fate put Ray Daves in the middle of several defining moments in United States military history. In Carol Edgemon Hipperson’s book we learn of the sights, the sounds and even smells that Daves experienced during his 6 years, 4 months, 17 days, sixteen hours, and forty-two seconds in the US Navy. Memories brought to life again in Hipperson’s Radioman.”—Tim Schurtter, Program Officer, Veterans History Project, Library of Congress

“Fate placed WWII sailor Ray Daves in a rare spectrum of naval service. In addition to witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor, he saw service on a destroyer, submarine, cruiser, aircraft carrier, including the Battles of Coral Sea and Midway, and eventually aviation duties in Alaska.  Truly not the usual war experiences of a member of his generation.”—Jack A. Green, Public Affairs Officer, Naval Historical Center


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A very easy read and nicely done.
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The Time Line and historical notes for each chapter add a huge amount of context and historical detail in a very concise way.
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The author writes like he is in the same room with you and telling a story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phebe L. Porter on November 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Radioman is truly amazing - I enjoyed every page and will read it again and again. I can't wait to give my Dad his copy as I am certain he will enjoy it as much as I have. I was left with a feeling of understanding, not just for the World War II veterans, but for all of our military men and women. The author has captured a perspective of an era I have never seen before, not in any of my history classes or conversations I've had. And, all of the notes to refer to - I think I've learned more about World War II from this "masterpiece" than anything else I've been exposed to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles F. McLean on March 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
From the time I opened "Radioman" I was hardly able to put it down.

I was impressed by the fact that Radioman is not merely a sensationalized novel or an impersonal documentary offering--this singular book provides personal and vivid testimony of a real and ordinary American who lived through--and survived--the harrowing days of the World War II Pacific Theater. We are extremely fortunate that this sailor was willing to share with us his deeply personal memories--memories that Hipperson skillfully brought back to life in Radioman. Many of the surviving servicemen who served in World War II might feel themselves to be too old to write an accurate account of what happened; some are unable to do so; and death has taken many others who might have been able to contribute. It was pure and bright inspiration on the author's part to undertake writing this highly readable historical work while it is still possible to do so.

Right off, Radioman introduces the reader to an exciting narrative style, impressive breadth of research, and a meticulous grasp of detail--yet the complexities of major wartime operations, of men and machines, and of the historic struggles that took place are presented in straightforward, highly readable fashion. Published on the heels of her earlier successful book, "The Belly Gunner", Hipperson's enthusiasm and literary professionalism in researching and writing Radioman evidences that she is destined to be one of the most readable and authoritative historians now writing about personal experiences of ordinary World War II servicemen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Miller on March 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book has given me a much clearer understanding of the men and women who put it all on the line for the rest of us.
The author has done a superb job of recounting the memoirs of one sailor through the perils of war. Although these events happened years before I was born, I'm left feeling as though I have been through the attack on Pearl Harbor and other events of World War II. A very well written personal recollection that I'm sure captures the thoughts and feelings of those involved in any war. A highly compelling tale of survival. A very great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Richards on January 25, 2009
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Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific This was an easy to follow story of a sailor during WWII that sailed on Submarines, aircraft carriers and shore based. Being in the radio room he had privy to information way above his pay grade. This made his story interesting and factual. He progressed from Striker(low rank) to Chief to Commissioned Officer. But the most fasinating section was the NOTES in the back of the book. This Author made an extreme effort to provide a time line that went along with the story. The research is worth the price of the book alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Roth on January 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have really enjoyed reading this book. I am facinated by WWII and this book, with its timeline and historical facts, I learned of things that I didn't know before. The history, not just of WWII but the little bits of history of Spokane, WA (where I am from, too) was fun to imagine what Spokane appeared like 30 years before I was born. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley W. Roth on January 10, 2009
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RADIOMAN held my interest better than any WWII history I have read. The story of Ray Daves' role in the Navy leading up to Pearl Harbor and during the rest of the war is a fresh viewpoint that has not been used this effectively. The Time Line and historical notes for each chapter add a huge amount of context and historical detail in a very concise way. The amount of research behind this personal story is very impressive. I gave copies to both of my sons for Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francis Sheets on December 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great read. A heartfelt story of a young man who ended up at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 and the events that unfolded in his life during the war. A very easy read and nicely done. With pictures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Houston on December 10, 2008
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Truly a well written story of an enlisted man during a time when our country was at war. Great descriptions of what the Navy men went through during that era. I thought the book was great from start to finish.
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