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Shepherds of the Sea: Destroyer Escorts in World War II Hardcover – May 15, 2010
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Just when it seems that nothing new can be said about World War II, along comes Shepherds of the Sea, Bob Cross' well told tale of a dimunitive but decisive weapon in the naval battle...a great read and an important chapter in our naval history.
Joseph E. Persico, author of Roosevelt's Secret War
Shepherds of the Sea is well researched...this book is recommended to naval historians and to general readers interested in the maritime aspects of World War II.
Journal of Military History
The first full-scale history of American destroyer escorts...the book itself can and should drop anchor in any World War II naval collection.
This is the definitive story of the ships and their crew.
Author Robert F. Cross tells their whole story for the first time...this is a well-written and extensively researched book.
Steamship Historical Society of America
"...The former news correspondent does an excellent job of weaving together the memories of sailors and describing in vivid detail what life was like for small ships in combat."
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Unfortunately, Mr. Cross' work is sullied by numerous technical gaffs, such as "3in 50mm guns" (s/b 3in/50cal)and "Iowa Jima" repeated a number of times. Without the normal space breaks, his narrative shifts from one person or incident to another in breathtaking confusion. He could have used a far more competent editor. Nevertheless, it otherwise reads well and he does progress with some logic through the initial conception, then hiatus, then construction and crew training, to the Atlantic and finally the Pacific--including a number of first-hand accounts. An epilog briefly describes the SLATER museum and its history. If you're a naval history buff, you will enjoy it and overlook its unfortunate faults. Your wife, in all probability, will not be interested.
Frank S. Virden, Captain, USN (Ret)
Member, Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
That's why they deserve to be called the GREATEST GENERATION