Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Sinking of the Bismarck: The Deadly Hunt” as Want to Read:
The Sinking of the Bismarck: The Deadly Hunt
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Sinking of the Bismarck: The Deadly Hunt

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  192 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The Bismarck was the greatest warship ever built. But the Allies had to sink it - or risk losing the war. Shirer, famed WWII correspondent and author of 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich', captures every moment of the perilous mission. However, a mixture and luck and new technology turned the tide in the Allies' favour.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 28th 2006 by Sterling Point Books (first published 1962)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Sinking of the Bismarck, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Sinking of the Bismarck

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 364)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Lyle Regenwetter
I start off by saying that this was a highly enjoyable read. Although perhaps intended for a younger audience, I was inspired to read this book by the history slideshows we have been watching. This is quite an easy read, but nonetheless involving and intriguing.
The Deadly Hunt follows several groups of British ships as they chase down German Battleship Bismarck, the most powerful ship of World War II. Although I am typically less emotionally engaged in nonfiction reads, I really found that not
...more
David Marsh
I read this book over the space of two weeks with my four elementary school children (3 boys, 1 girl) and it was very well received by all of them. Given the author (William Shirer - The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich) it should be no surprise that it is very well written and contains a good balance of drama, historical detail and the tension of combat on the high seas. Though written primarily for children, I would recommend it for anyone who wants a concise (and entertaining!) description o ...more
Justin Yan

Nothing beats a good old WWII nonfiction book in my opinion. Easily one of the most interesting naval stories of WWII, the hunt for the Bismark truly turned the tides of the war. There are so many facts in this book, all of which are relevant and accurate, but the author presents it in such a way that I find fascinating. Being a 13 year old, its not easy for me to describe a nonfiction book as such; most are either pure facts or are kindergarten level. It's always nice to find a book you can re

...more
Anna Richland
Great book for middle grade readers that history-inclined adults will want to read alongside. The biggest recommendation is from my son. He's an excellent but not avid reader - just reads at bedtime. Nothing but Harry Potter and Rick Riordan gets him reading during the day. Until the tale of finding and sinking Germany's most deadly ship in the wide North Atlantic. He brought it to the kitchen table yesterday, and this morning he snuck up to our office so his sister wouldn't find him while he fi ...more
بهمن بهمن
تا جایی که می دونم کلا دو کتاب به فارسی در باره غرق شدن بیسمارک ترجمه شده .ولی این یکی واقعا خوندنی و جالب بود
Adiaz
The title of my book is "The Sinking of the Bismarck: The deadly Hunt". The Author of the book is William Shirer. The year of the book is was published in 1962. The book did not win a literary award. My opinion about the is great book and people should read it.

The setting of the story is a German battleship fighting in world war 2.The protagonist Admiral Guenther Luetjens and crew in the Bismarck. Admiral luetjens like how his Bismarck in battle. Luetjens got lost a couple of times and being at
...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
Jul 31, 2008 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: outdated-so no one really now
Recommended to Noran by: my father at the time 1972-i was 10
Shelves: wwl-wwll
i read it in the early 70's while humming the song in my head. my father had me sit through the movie a couple times and i had to find out more about this massive ship. i rate it for the time i read it. i do not know if i would rate it so highly now. i know there are far better books on the Bismarck out on the market today. i did meet a sailor of the ship, he did the midwest military shows, selling signed photographs, to make a living. i felt it was a honor to meet him--he was a teenager on the ...more
Dave Webster
Good short book on the sinking of the Bismark. I did not know that this ship would have been such a game changer if it had gotten away.
Raymond Kobes
This was my absolute favourite book back in elementary school!
Darren
A nice, high level description of the sinking of the Bismarck. I'd known the general story, but this filled in a lot of details that made the story even more interesting.

I had no idea how much was at stake and how close the Germans came to changing the whole complexion of the war,if the Bismarck would have escaped. It most likely would have broken the back of British navy and created a huge shift of momentum to the Nazi's.
Steve
Interesting and a great book on the search for the German battleship Bismarck by the British during World War II. The Bismarck attacked and sank the British battleship Hood around the North Sea. During that time the Bismarck was the most powerful and largest battleship in the German Navy. A patrol of British Swordfish biplane fighters found and torpedoed the Bismarck.
Len Knighton
I read this book, in what was likely a modified form, about 50 years ago when it was the Book of the Month in the Random House Book Club. I read it numerous times and later enjoyed the movie. Oddly, the moment in the book I recall most vividly is not the sinking of the Bismarck, but the sinking of HMS Hood and the telegram to London: HMS Hood has blown up. A wonderful book.
Mostafa Razavi
For some reason I loved this book, and hate it too. Every time I reread the book I think, please, please let it not sink. It was so unfair. The Bismarck had so many misfortunes in one day. Otherwise, there was no way the allied ships could sink it. To me, this is even more tragic than the sinking of Titanic.
Jaime Contreras
During my teen years, I devoured these military books. I read anywhere from 10-12 of these books. The first one, which I recently purchased for my son is this one. Written by the famous Chicagoan and historian of the Nazi Regime, William Shirer, this book hooked me on WWII. It is a decent read.
Ahmad Sharabiani
ویلیام شایرر، در این کتاب به تجسم تعقیب یک هفته ای نبردناو بیسمارک توسط ناوگان انگلستان پرداخته، روحیه ی جنگی، شجاعت و ایستادگی افسران و کارکنان نیروی دریایی انگلستان و آلمان را به روشنی در این داستان مستند و مهیج،توصیف کرده است
.
This is a great historical book for all World War 2 fans. It is an informational book that is a good read. I recommend this book to anybody that is a fan of war stories.
Mark
Read this years ago and enjoyed the old B/W movie dealing with the subject too...had Johnny Horton's tune ringing through my mind as I finished the book!!!
Kevin Ho
A non-fiction book that talks about the the between British and German in the sea. Very interesting and easy to understand!
Charles
An exciting tale about the hunt for and the destruction of the German battleship Bismarck, once considered unsinkable.
Devowasright
i haven't read this since i was a kid, but i read it at least 10 times. i need to find a copy one of these days.
Gini
Obviously I did not read this book in a Middle Eastern language, but it is the only edition on Goodreads.
Lynda
After seeing the movie, I read up on the history. This was very well written and informative.
Ben
Very suspenseful book, you want to keep reading it and not put it down.
Thamrong
The end of an era of Battleship. Too bad Germany don't have naval aviation.
Kristen Lindsey
Read this as a child at least 5 times. Amazing story.
Tyrelle Rabinho
Nov 23, 2010 Tyrelle Rabinho is currently reading it
NOice
Emmanuel
Emmanuel marked it as to-read
Dec 22, 2014
Bill Knapp
Bill Knapp marked it as to-read
Dec 15, 2014
Doug Irvine
Doug Irvine marked it as to-read
Dec 15, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Brigade: An Epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation & World War II
  • Resolute: The Epic Search for the Northwest Passage and John Franklin, and the Discovery of the Queen's Ghost Ship
  • Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict
  • Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World
  • Climate Wars
  • Battle: The Story of the Bulge
  • Voyage of the Damned
  • The Doubter's Companion: A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense
  • The Ultra Secret
  • Battle for Iwo Jima
  • On Murder
  • Enigma: The Battle for the Code
  • Letters on Cézanne
  • Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov
  • Who Got Einstein's Office?: Eccentricity And Genius At The Institute For Advanced Study
  • The Necessity of Atheism and Other Essays
  • The Permanent Revolution, Results and Prospects
  • New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology
13360
William Lawrence Shirer was an American journalist and historian. He became known for his broadcasts on CBS from the German capital of Berlin through the first year of World War II.

Shirer first became famous through his account of those years in his Berlin Diary (published in 1941), but his greatest achievement was his 1960 book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, originally published by Simon
...more
More about William L. Shirer...
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-41 The Nightmare Years 1930-40 The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler The Collapse of the Third Republic

Share This Book