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The Sinking of the Bismarck: The Deadly Hunt

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The Bismark was the greatest warship ever built, with guns so powerful and accurate it could destroy an enemy ship while safely staying outside the line of fire. But the Allies had to sink itor risk losing the war. William Shirer, famed World War II correspondent and author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, captures every suspenseful moment of the perilous mission.
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published August 28th 2006 by Sterling Point Books (first published 1962)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Sinking of the Bismarck: The Deadly Hunt, William L. Shirer
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هشتم ژانویه سال 1989 میلادی
عنوان: گردونه تاریخ جلد 08 : غرق نبرد ناو بیسمارک؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شایرر؛ مترجم: مرتضی کاظمی یزدی؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، سازمان انتشارات و آموزش انقلاب اسلامی، 1368، 179 ص؛ فروست: مجموعه گردونه تاریخ 08؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، علمی فرهنگی 1372؛ در 179 ص؛ چاپ چهارم، تهران، علمی فرهنگی و کتابهای پرنده آبی، 1395؛ در 148 ص؛ موضوع: کشتی جنگی بیسمارک - جنگ جهانگیر دوم - قرن 20 م
فهرست جلد 8 هشتم از گردونه
"Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win." thus made English football legend Gary Lineker his famous speech on the invincibility of the German national football team. After going through William Shirer's book on one of the greatest naval battles in history, the thought flashed upon my mind that war is a brutal game in which the battling nations fight with one another with maddening ferocity and at the end the British wins. Be it the destruct ...more
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
David Marsh
Dec 01, 2009 David Marsh rated it really liked it
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
Anna Richland
Sep 29, 2013 Anna Richland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, soldiers
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
Justin Yan
Sep 13, 2011 Justin Yan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction

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

Luis Luna
I was very entertained by the book "The Deadly Hunt" by William L. Shirer.This book was entertaining and understandable. Even though this book would've been better if it wasn't just about going to war and shooting your weapons and all that. This book is very good and it has a lot of action. Just like in a movie! But these aren't really my type of books. I like books that are nonfiction and that have comedy in them.

The book "The Deadly Hunt" is about the biggest warship ever built which was calle
Nov 22, 2013 Adiaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hayden is Coe
Dec 16, 2015 Hayden is Coe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was very descriptive, and informative. This book is named "The Sinking of the Bismarck". It was wrote by William L. Shirer. This is one of my favorite nonfiction books out there so I gave it 4 stars! The reason I think this is such a great book is because of how its nonfiction and informative but not dull. It takes place in the Atlantic Ocean in 1941. Keep in mind, this was right in the middle of World War 2 . The Bismarck was bigger than any other ship of its time, which ha ...more
Jun 27, 2015 Coleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was originally written in 1962 and that is the one that I read. It was republished more recently and I am thrilled that it has been. The author sets out the scene of the battle(s) and explains what happened in language I could easily understand. The photos and maps are fantastic, and help in the reality of what occurred. He also, without being overly critical, notes the errors made on both sides at varying times of the hunt for the Bismarck and the engagements. WOW. The Bismarck, and t ...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
May 13, 2008 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it really liked it  ·  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
Griffin Angelo
Jan 26, 2017 Griffin Angelo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 18, 2015 NICOLAS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
I think this book was good because I liked how there was a lot of action. It is a true story and included pictures of the actual Captains for each battleship. You would like this story if you enjoy reading about WWII. There is also a lot of information about the weapons that were used. I also liked that there were maps to show where the battleships were located and how far they were from the Bismark. This is a book anyone who reads will love.
Apr 19, 2011 Darren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tim Gillen
I found this book to be quite engaging.
Sam Malekahmadi
Fantastic Story.
Dave Webster
Apr 18, 2014 Dave Webster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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.
Nov 26, 2011 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very suspenseful book, you want to keep reading it and not put it down.
Obviously I did not read this book in a Middle Eastern language, but it is the only edition on Goodreads.
Oct 29, 2009 Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After seeing the movie, I read up on the history. This was very well written and informative.
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
Len Knighton
Jul 26, 2013 Len Knighton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 07, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 29, 2015 Gretchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read William Shirrer's book, The Sinking of the Bismarck 1962 --- great. It helped me to relive one of the great WWII sea battles prior to the U.S. entering into the war. I'm thankful that I was able to read the original version. Thank heavens I was able to read this book that told it like it was!
Mostafa Razavi
Jun 19, 2011 Mostafa Razavi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 21, 2014 Popaj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
The exciting story about pursuit and sinking of the terrifying symbol of Nazi Germany - the battleship Bismarck. Although it is not fiction Shearer's story is exciting and keeps the attention from beginning to end. Full of interesting historical data. This is required reading for anyone who loves the history of the Second World War.
Jaime Contreras
Jul 24, 2011 Jaime Contreras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
The end of an era of Battleship. Too bad Germany don't have naval aviation.
Apr 13, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-world
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!!!
Tyrelle Rabinho
Nov 23, 2010 Tyrelle Rabinho is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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