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Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945 Audio CD – November 1, 2006
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It's an enjoyable book and full of things I didn't know before--why only three stars?Read more ›
The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the focus of Thomas' work, is history's largest and most compelling naval battle. Writing from the perspectives of four officers: William Halsey, who commanded the U.S. 3rd Fleet; and Cdr. Ernest Evans, captain of a lowly destroyer, the U.S.S. Johnston; Adm. Takeo Kurita; Adm. Matome Ugaki, readers and historians alike are about to embark on a breath-taking journey onto the high seas of the Pacific where brave men sacrificed in the name of their country.
The result is not history. In fact, Thomas besmirches the characters of four men, each noble in their own way, while deprecating the extraordinary nature of the United States' objectives in World War II.
Thomas's stated desire was to write a history of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, what may very well have been the last clash of large naval fleets. The basic premise of viewing the battle, its prelude and aftermath through the eyes of four widely disparate characters could have worked in competent hands. Thomas's hands are not competent in this regard.
Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, commander of an American naval fleet, had the familiar biases of a man of his time. Halsey was a war leader, not a social worker. It is not unexpected that he decorated his bases with exhortations to kill the enemy. It is likewise not unexpected that his public statements were peppered with statements alluding to the alleged racial inferiority of his enemy. There was a massive, worldwide struggle going on; freedom pitted against tyranny.
But Thomas measures Halsey by the standards of today's "political correctness" and, of course, finds Halsey wanting.Read more ›
By the time I finished "Sea of Thunder", I was left wondering what Thomas' intent was. It seemed to me that he really wanted to write this solely about the two Japanese commanders. Halsey was looked upon with a sort of latent disdain and Evans was forgotten about around 1/3 of the way through the book.
There are far too many books about Leyte Gulf that don't contain large amounts of personal opinion and judgement.
Bottom Line: Look Elsewhere
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worth reading. Comes to a bit of an abrupt end, but interesting - especially the contrast of Kurita and HalseyPublished 15 days ago by Thaddeus Glavin
As an avid historical reader of the history of events, battles, and stories of the war's participants, this was the first book I've read about the personalities of the admirals who... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Martin Q.
A very interesting book. As an USAF vet i'm glad I was not in the submarines. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes to read about the pacific war. Read morePublished 3 months ago by awaya
Interesting information about each commander. Not in laborious detail but covers the lives of these commanders well.Published 5 months ago by Merritt Mckinney
The book was very accurate to the era, as it takes a variety of journal entries, eye witness reports, and (most probably) declassified military documents. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mason
Interesting historical book. Not a page turner but interesting historyPublished 6 months ago by Roger D. Hoyt
This book very much appears to be a publisher's effort to capitalize on Evan Thomas's acclaim for his John Paul Jones biography by lumping together four biographical sketches that... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Electric Joe Czarnecki