- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Naval Institute Press (December 15, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473887283
- ISBN-13: 978-1473887282
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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U-boat Assault on America: Why the U.S. Was Unprepared for War in the Atlantic Hardcover – December 15, 2017
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First, much and perhaps most of the book has nothing to do with the subtitle, “Why The US Was Unprepared For War In The Atlantic.” For example, there is an interesting chapter about the German navy at war, another about merchant ship production and, in another chapter, extensive discussion about US Navy collaboration with the mafia in New York City, but none of this remotely explains why the US was unprepared. Perhaps the book was written with a different title/subtitle in mind. You may still want to read the book – just don’t expect it to focus a whole lot on US unpreparedness. And, if your interest is the actual “U-Boat assault on America,” read Operation Drumbeat by Michael Gannon.
Second is the matter of factual errors. The population of New York City did not represent 18% of total US population in 1941. President Roosevelt was not inaugurated in December 1932 and a submarine’s pressure hull (especially in WW II era U-Boats) does not provide “streamlining” for the boat (the superstructure/outer shell outside the pressure hull provided what “streamlining” there was). While individual factual errors are inconsequential, one has to wonder what other errors are lurking that didn’t jump out at the reader. The author was not well served by whoever did his fact checking/proof reading.