The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise
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The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise

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A lasting memorial to the USS Enterprise, this classic tale of the carrier that contributed more than any other single warship to the naval victory in the Pacific has remained a favorite World War II story for more than twenty-five years. The Big E participated in nearly every major engagement of the war against Japan and earned a total of twenty battle stars. The Halsey-D...more
Paperback, 616 pages
Published April 18th 2002 by US Naval Institute Press (first published January 1st 1962)
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If there is any one ship that symbolizes the efforts, trials and victories of the US Navy in the war against Japan in the Pacific Ocean during the Second World War, it is the USS Enterprise, and this book tells the wartime story of the ship and her crew. Commissioned in 1938, the "Big E" was in almost constant combat until May 1945, when a kamikaze knocked her out of the war. After her gunners and pilots downed 911 enemy planes and sank 71 enemy ships, and after the ship itself earned twenty ba...more
You've no doubt heard of "The Greatest Generation" when referring to the generation that endured World War II. This book tells that story from the view point of the Navy, with the brave and selfless exploits of those who served on the original Enterprise carrier. This book is a classic: meticulously researched, well written, and as true to the heroics of those that served aboard the Big E as they were to the country who depended upon them. It's a definite keeper in my library and will be re-read...more
This on one of those book you stumble across as a rare treasure in a stack of mediocre print. It has a single topic and it stays on topic throughout. Well-written, very informative, carefully crafted, and complete. It was sad to finish such a great read about such a pivotal ship in America's greatest moment.
Patrick Barnum
If you ever want to know why the generation that lived, worked, and fought in WWII will always be considered one of if not the best we have ever produced this is one of the books you need to read. What they went through was absolutely astounding.
Andrew McBurney
This is one of the best and most riveting naval histories written. It helps give a feel for what day-to-day operations were like on one of America's capital ships in the Pacific War.
I read this as a kid. I recall I enjoyed it then as I was very much into WWII Naval history. I'd like to read it again as a refresher on this greatest ship of the line.
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Found this book in a Thrift Dime Store in Chula Vista, CA, last week... and thought it might be a good read...
seemingly everywhere during wwii ... the battle record is unsurpassed
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