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Intrepid: The Epic Story of America's Most Legendary Warship Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 30, 2008
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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)
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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
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This book is a quick read and I would recommend it to those who are history-inclined. If you are planning to visit the museum, reading this book before your visit can only help enhance the experience. It just may help you understand what it took to endure the kamikaze attacks, the heroes of gun tub 10, and what it took to launch/land serve the various air groups that are part of this legend.
The cover art is an awful piece of fantasy: the Charlie-27 modified CV11 being machine-gunned by Helldivers?
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