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Comment: Very good hardcover book in very good dust jacket; the book is clean, tight, square, and free of any markings showing moderate bumping as well as light rubbing to the board edges and very lightly age-toned pages but otherwise showing only light generalized evidence of having been previously read; unclipped dust jacket shows light to moderate chipping (1/8 to 1/4 inch) to the edges, in addition to moderate shelf and edge wear but remains in very good condition; book and jacket now protected by newly applied Brodart clear cover; 1049 pages including index, well illustrated with black and white photographs; full-size book club edition.
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United States Navy in World War II Hardcover – 1966

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1049 pages
  • Publisher: MORROW, WILLIAM @ & COMPANY IN; First American Edition edition (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1299945473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1299945470
  • ASIN: B000OLJLJQ
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If you love naval history and have never read The United States Navy in World War II complied and edited by S.E. Smith, you have no idea what you are missing. Over the years, I would have difficulty recalling the number of copies that I purchased and gave away to friends. While I have read literally thousands of books, particularly focusing on naval warfare, this is one of my top five favorites. Usually, the book can be hard to find but in looking at Amazon, this thousand plus page volume can be bought for under six bucks! And do not let the length of the book bother you because as you will find, if you start reading it, you are going to have a hard time putting it down.

In assembling the book, Smith excerpted whole chapters from some of the best books written about the navy's exploits during the Second World War. All of the collected chapters, written by one-hundred authors, were taken from books that told the navy's history through the simple telling of a story. There is no dry analysis of tactics here. You will see the intensity and drama unfolding aboard the ships at Pearl Harbor as the Japanese attacked . . . or watch from the bow of the destroyer Borie's as she rammed a Nazi U-boat in the middle of the Atlantic . . . or stand on the flight deck of the Guadalcanal as she chases down U-505 . . . or feel the Lexington as she started to list in the Coral Sea . . . and on and on it goes. Everything is here. The Aaron Ward. The Argus. The Bunker Hill. The Indianapolis. PT 109. And of course, the Enterprise and the Yorktown.

And some of the best writers are present and accounted for. Walter Lord. John Toland. Edward Beach. Ernie Pyle. Winston Churchill. Ernest Hemingway. And then there is Chief Gunner's Mate Harold Clements. Seaman First Class James Fahey.
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Format: Paperback
I am surprised this book has not been re-issued -- it is by far the best single volume history of the US Navy in the Second World War. I have an original, beat up copy from way back when, and read it now and again, surprised by how much I still enjoy the book. It is mostly first hand accounts of battle with a strong but short narrative to move the war along. From Pearl Harbor to the Atlantic submarine wars and kamikaze attacks in 1945, the book remains fresh and a pleasure to read, the first hand accounts superior in selection and organization than any other history oi have read -- and at last count i have read more than 200 books on the war.
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There is no substitute for a personal relating of extraordinary experiences. One gets an entirely different feeling from reading a first person narrative of what happened rather than a relating of facts from a third party author. This book is an outstanding example.

I think everyone older than 12 should read this book to get some idea of what battle is like.
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