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The USS Flier: Death and Survival on a World War II Submarine Hardcover – Illustrated, February 15, 2008

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"A detailed, beautifully written slice of the history of U.S. Navy submarine warfare. The important story of the hellish explosion of a Japanese mine against the American submarine Flier is the crucial incident in this insightful account. This is an example par excellence of combat history coupled with thoughtful analysis at the tactical and operational levels with an occasional strategic perspective and frame in the not too distant background. The reader can almost smell the stench of Second World War submarine diesel fuel while also gaining an appreciation for the importance of U.S. Navy undersea warfare in helping to bring about the collapse of the Empire of Japan in August 1945."―Carl Boyd, author of American Command of the Sea through Carriers, Codes, and the Silent Service

"Michael Sturma has done an admirable job of compiling existing work and bringing it together in one place, applying it as necessary to enhance the understanding of the time, place, and events while he tells the story of one particular submarine and her crew. The work is a worthy contribution to World War II history in general and to scholarship on the submarine service in particular."―Don Keith, author of
Final Patrol: True Stories of World War II Submarines

"Readers will encounter lively essays about undersea tactics, the claustrophobic world of submariners, the history of mines and torpedoes, the American-supported Filipino guerrilla movement and the nasty politics of the U.S. submarine high command. Sturma tells an engrossing story of courage, suffering and survival." ―
Kirkus Reviews

"Michael Sturma has produced a first-class naval history that will delight general and specialist readers. It adds to what we know of Australian involvement in the American submarine operations and of their contribution to Japan's eventual defeat. The production values are superior, and the notes and bibliography are important guides for further inquiry." ―
Australian Book Review

"A great read. . . . The author . . . carefully examines the sub's all-too-short service and the fate of her survivors." ―
Proceedings of the US Naval Institute

"This is an amazing story of survival during wartime." ―
Military Heritage

"There have been a substantial number of stories of U.S. submarines published during the past two decades. Michael Sturma's tale of the USS Flier is a quality addition to that list. The Flier's story has most of the elements of a classic adventure: impending fate, sudden disaster, escape, deprivation, rescue, recrimination, and remaining mystery." ―
Journal of Military History

"It is an enlightening addition to World War II Pacific Theater of Operations historiography." ―
Military History of the West

"Sturma's familiarity with the breadth of his topic is simply amazing and his research, using many primary and secondary sources, is impeccable. . . . I highly recommend this work to naval history scholars and to those who are interested in learning more about the intricacies of how modern navies actually work." ―
World War II Quarterly

"Michael Sturma has done an effective job conveying the dramatic story of the loss of the USS Flier." ―
Journal of America's Military Past

"The story of how eight men managed to survive the boat's loss, a look at guerrilla operations in the Philippines, and more, give us an engaging and valuable account that is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the undersea war in the Pacific." ―

"An interesting combination of an Australian historian writing about an ill-fated American submarine that was lost with most of its crew on its second long patrol.... The amazing aftermath is particularly well described in considerable detail. A fascinating story." ―
Work Boat World

"Sturma sheds light on the trauma and personal tragedies of the Pacific war, recounting the great sacrifice and heroism of these remarkable men."―
Lone Star Book Review

"[B]y telling this story, and telling it well, Sturma has genuinely contributed to the history of the submarine war in the Pacific and solidified his standing as the leading academic historian of U.S. submarine warfare in the Second World War."―
Journal of Military History

About the Author

Michael Sturma is chair of the history program at Murdoch University in Australia. He is the author of several books, including Death at a Distance: The Loss of the Legendary USS Harder and South Sea Maidens: Western Fantasy and Sexual Politics in the South Pacific.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University Press of Kentucky; Illustrated edition (February 15, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 232 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0813124816
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0813124810
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.07 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.88 x 9 inches
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