To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Nightfighter: Radar Intercept Killer Hardcover – February 7, 2012
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From the Inside Flap
From the Back Cover
Top Customer Reviews
Magruder was able to get facts directly from his father and men in his squadron, also known as Black Mac's Killers, which adds to the credibility of his book. He was also able to compile lots of details and share information that was previously confidential about the training and missions of nightfighers in the Pacific during WWII. Col. Magruder's squadron became one of the most successful nightfighter squadrons. He is actually the one who set up the U.S. Naval Radar Intercept program.
It was interesting to find out more about the role of a nightfighter. I didn't realize that these men were flying under extreme conditions: pitch black skies, totally depending on the information and communication received from the staff on the ground. Every mistake or problem with the plane could quickly become a life-and-death situation.
My husband mentioned that he liked that Magruder included a lot of dialogues which are often missing in biographies. The fact that Col. Magruder was on General Mitchell's staff at the beginning of the war allows Magruder to include a lot of the background information about the war and how things were developing. There are also references to other major events happening at the same time which gives the reader a great perspective on the chronology of events.Read more ›
The Author captures this dimension experienced by his father in a manner that does credit to all who have shared the weight of command and been singed by the fires of combat.
The story opens by summarizing Mac's completion of high school and entrance into college. His high school principal advised him against college because he wasn't designed for higher education and instead told him he would be well-suited to apply for a city job digging ditches. Upon encouragement from his mother Mac applied to college (at the University of Kentucky), enlisted in the ROTC program his freshman year and found that he felt a calling toward military life. He was highly recruited out of college by the Army, the Navy, and the Marines. The Marines hadn't recruited from UK in 12 years and Mac eagerly accepted their assignment. Mac's future seemed bright. He was a college graduate, engaged to his sweetheart Martha and heading off to bootcamp. I appreciated that Mark summarized this passage of time instead of delving deeply into Mac's childhood and early life. When I read a book like Nightfighter, which is depicted as the story of a military hero, I am anxious to get into the heart of the military experiences.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book about USMC night fighters and a tribute to a great commanding officer.Published 23 months ago by Former Grunt
We are barraged with the Snowden/Manning controversies of leaking security intelligence and how classified information has become available to those who should not have access to... Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Grady Harp
This is a well written and interesting book about WWII Marine aviators that is more than well worth the read !!Published on June 18, 2013 by Russell R. McKinney
Once I started reading this book, event after event I could not put it down. Mark writes an excellent and captivating account of his father's world war II experiences and... Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Marty
The book is a workmanlike look at a USMC night-fighter pilot. It gives a good background on his assignment in the tiny pre-war Marine air arm. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Bonner '62
This is a very interesting book and one I have put on my "must read" list. It is truly amazing what these young men went through to protect our democracy.Published on July 17, 2012 by Jody