STALKING THE U-BOAT (Smithsonian History of Aviation Series) Hardcover – December 17, 1994
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- Publisher : Smithsonian; First Edition (December 17, 1994)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 231 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1560984031
- ISBN-13 : 978-1560984030
- Item Weight : 1.54 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found it necessary to reread segments of the book primarily to be sure I understood the technical aspects that were being covered by the author.
My interest in this book arose because I wanted to learn more about how a first cousin had been killed in this war. At the time all the information was censored and since that time some of the information has been lost. I did find the exact account of my cousin's last flight within this book and I must say that the author covered the incident (a B-24 Aircraft Crash) in great detail, thereby answering many lingering questions that I've had throughout the nearly 69 years since his death. The entire book is very well documented; the reader should be advised to reference the annotated notes while in the process of reading the text, in order to gain the maximum benefit from the information presented.
Throughout the book the names of aircraft crew members are generally omitted, unless that individual is the aircraft commander/or commander of a vessel. Included as part of the documentation are 9 appendices plus 3 pages listing abbreviations (or acronyms) used by the author pertaining to both the U.S. and British military organizations that were directly involved in the campaigns being reported upon. There are some rudimentary map illustrations, but I did feel that I would have benefited from a somewhat more comprehensive group of maps, insofar as these campaigns took place in a part of the world that I've never visited (off the coast of Great Britain and off the coast of North Africa).
In summarizing I would suggest that portions of this book would probably only excite a reader with a keen interest in engineering, while other portions of the book would certainly engage the curiosity of the psychologist and the historian.