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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (December 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848689233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848689237
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen Harding is author of numerous books including Great Liners at War. He is a war correspondent and journalist and lives in Virginia, USA.

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As a defense journalist Stephen Harding covered the conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and, most recently, Iraq. The author of seven books and some 300 magazine articles, he specializes in military, aviation and maritime topics.

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By George E. Burns on June 1, 2014
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Numerous weighty (and often unneeded) tomes are published about the great events of history. Books about less well known and smaller scale events are frequently more interesting. This book is a fine example of the latter category. The Cynthia Olson was a small freighter enroute from the west coast to Honolulu when she was sunk by a Japanese submarine on the morning of December 7, 1941. But was she attacked before the attack on Pearl Harbor? What happened to the crew? In a well researched and ably written book, Mr. Harding provides convincing answers to these questions and also provides much human interest on the way. An excellent piece of work.
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By JimsMom on May 27, 2014
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The story of what happened to the Cynthia Olson, a lumber ship contracted to bring supplies to Pearl Harbor just before the Japanese attack there, is one of those long lost mysteries of WWII that makes a fascinating read. Author Stephen Harding adds human interest by fleshing out the lives of all the major players in the drama of the sinking of the first ship lost to the Japanese as they "woke the sleeping giant". Well written, thoroughly researched and brought to a believable conclusion based on the evidence.
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I highly recommend this book if history is you're genre. A very thoroughly researched story on an often overlooked event that was certainly overshadowed by the attack on Pearl Harbor. It provides an excellent insight into what life onboard this vessel was like. Best of all is the author gave a fine scenario of what was likely the actual demise of this crew and then supported it with plausible data written in a very understandable manner. It makes me want to check out other things he's written.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DutchFlatMichael on January 3, 2013
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Excellent explanation of a situation many merchant sea farers met during WW II. The loss of the captain of this vessel and his crew should have received much more attention. They were probably the very first to spot the Japanese fleet and report its position. This book was a long time in coming and I'm happy that it was finally written so well.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roland on July 11, 2013
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Loved the book, usually prefer hardcover, but that was unavailable, this book was printed in England and the quality of the paper
used is better than what I usually see in hardcover, much easier on the eyes. This incident happened the same time and day as Pearl Harbor 1941, from there the facts are obscure, such an interesting story, while reading this non-fiction book I couldn't help
but finding myself wondering if the truth was actually being told by people who were there, seems as if some were trying to make themselves appear better for historical purposes,this is what makes it so interesting,being an armchair detective.
Overall a great book, could hardly put it down. Stephen Harding is a great storyteller.
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