The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise
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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Aug 18, 2012 Jonathan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.