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Sinking of the Bismarck Hardcover – March, 1980
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WHAT I LIKED ABOUT - "Sinking of the Bismarck" by William Shirer
This book is a fast, easy read that probably any ten year old will be able to read, comprehend and enjoy. It is quite concise, and accurate, and clearly paints an easy to follow picture of the action and chronolgy of this famous historic sea battle.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK:
Having an avid interest in this subject matter, I found this book too simple,and lacking in the naval specific information, and jargon that I expected. Also, though there is some, I feel that too little information is given about the mechanics of the battle in terms of, what weapons were fired, at what ranges, to what effect, and at what time. You see, this is for some, the reason to read the book, as one might hope to find more details than one might expect in the film, "Sink The Bismarck". However, that is just my viewpoint, which represents readers that are already familiar with the story and want more.
BOTTOM LINE: THE FILM & THIS BOOK ARE VERY SIMILAR - AS THEY SHOULD BE!
Having seen the film, "SINK THE BISMARCK", many times over the years, I feel that I have already read this book - before now. Since I have always felt that the film is excellent, I must therefore believe that if I did not have the film as a reference I would find the book to be an excellent, and informative read. Having said all that, I would conclude that this is an excellent historic account intended for a young literate audience.
William L. Shirer (1904-93) wrote several superb volumes on Nazi Germany aimed at adults: Berlin Diary, Rise and Fall of Third Reich, Nightmare Years. This is a stellar effort he penned for younger readers.