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Voyage to Oblivion Paperback – December 14, 2010

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“…examines an intriguing event that took place on the same morning as the Pearl Harbor attach and that raised the possibility that perhaps history books on the Pacific War might need to be re-written…engagingly written…” (Armchair General)

“…a well written history book, but it contains elements of a mystery novel as Harding, playing detective, attempts to unravel what occurred that fateful day…lays out the facts…has finally given the story of the Cynthia Olson the recognition it was so tragically denied 70 years ago.” (San Pedro Today)

“…fascinating saga of a little ship caught in the maelstrom of a big war. Author Harding delves deep into the archival records and comes to some startling conclusions. A complex tale of courage, tenacity, hubris, and arrogance this is an exciting exploration of one of WWII’s lesser known but never the less pivotal incidents.” (SEA CLASSICS)

“…plumbs the unanswered questions behind this forgotten story.” (World War II)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848689233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848689237
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some of the best history is a story we know the answer at the beginning and yet the author keeps us on track with his or her ability to spin a good yarn. Once I started this I could not put it down. This book is very well written and the research looks top notch. I especially enjoyed reading the foot notes as those often added extra information about the story as well as where the author got his information. Highly recommended!
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Numerous weighty (and often unneeded) tomes are published about the great events of history. Books about less well known and smaller scale events are frequently more interesting. This book is a fine example of the latter category. The Cynthia Olson was a small freighter enroute from the west coast to Honolulu when she was sunk by a Japanese submarine on the morning of December 7, 1941. But was she attacked before the attack on Pearl Harbor? What happened to the crew? In a well researched and ably written book, Mr. Harding provides convincing answers to these questions and also provides much human interest on the way. An excellent piece of work.
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I highly recommend this book if history is you're genre. A very thoroughly researched story on an often overlooked event that was certainly overshadowed by the attack on Pearl Harbor. It provides an excellent insight into what life onboard this vessel was like. Best of all is the author gave a fine scenario of what was likely the actual demise of this crew and then supported it with plausible data written in a very understandable manner. It makes me want to check out other things he's written.
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I enjoyed this book from start to finish. It is probably the first engagement between Japan and the US in the 2nd World War. What I don't understand is this ship was equiped with a modern radio, a qualified Army Operater and the newest distress signs were sent, still no planes
were dispatched and not much of a search was mounted. It seems like everyone was asleep from Pearl Harbor to the US Coast on Dec. 7 1941.
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