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The Twilight Warriors: The Deadliest Naval Battle of World War II and the Men Who Fought It

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April 1945. The end of World War II finally appears to be nearing. The Nazis are collapsing in Europe, and the Americans are vastly overpowering the Japanese in the Pacific. For a group of pilots in their early twenties who were trained during the twilight of the war, the biggest concern is that they'll never actually see real action and will go home without having a chanc ...more
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Published November 17th 2010 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mike
The last great battle of the Pacific war loomed. They didn’t know it at the time but most realized the war was coming to an end. This is a story of the Okinawa campaign. This is primarily the story of the Navy pilots of the USS Intrepid. Some were veterans of other battles and campaigns. Some were brand new pilots, who called themselves ‘Tail-end Charlies’, anxious to get into the war before it ended. Some were senior officers who had never been to combat. It is also the story of the Army and Ma ...more
Brian
Since my uncle, Al, first told me he was a young Marine Officer during WWII and had been deployed to Okinawa during the war, I had realized I was a history buff and had loved reading about the Second World War, but knew very little of the Pacific side of the war. In this, I think I wasn't all that different than those reading the news back then, that tended to focus their attention on the European theater rather than the Asian side.

And that was wrong. Especially as a Navy man...the Pacific side
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Hal
I have read many books on WWII. Without a doubt, this is the best I have ever had the privilege of reading on the U.S. Navy's war in the Pacific. If you want to learn more about the battle for Okinawa, the costliest for the U.S. in the Pacific theater, this is definitely the book to read.

The author, a former aviator, writes with true authority. The pacing of the book would make one think he/she is reading a novel. But it's the real stuff. I felt like I came to know the pilots of the air group,
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Elgin
Outstanding book about the last big battle of the WW II, the invasion of Okinawa. This was one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the war, taking a tremendous toll in men, both soldiers on the land and sailors on the fleet protecting the landing beaches. One of the strong points was the many shifts from the US perspective to the Japanese, and back. The author found a good deal of first hand and historical information about many of the Japanese soldiers and sailors and even more about people ...more
Karen
This is about some of the last days of WW2 in the Pacific. I started this book for research but it reads like a novel (and I mean that as high praise) and it was hard to put down. Excellent book!
Chris
Such a great read! Although the story line jumps around a lot, probably because the author wanted to set up other scanarios, the quality of writing and movie-like action the author offers up is just great. History is tough to read especially if it's the same topic repeatedly. This book covers air, sea and land wars in the Pacific. It accounts the air and sea battles with a lot more detail than the island ones, but the effect is there. I really enjoyed the detail of each scenario. The imagery lea ...more
Siddartha Dey
An interesting read, though the title is quite misleading, it says it is about the naval aviators involved in the Battle of Okinawa but it basically covers the entire Okinawan campaign.Especially remarkable is the way the author shows the war from the perspective of both the American and Japanese soldiers and does not choose to gloss over some of the more controversial details of the conflict.
Doug May
page turner 100 in. the author writes novels and this flows like one.ok I finished and was very impressed. This book was constant action and a lot of tragedy . Makes a historical point that the way the japanese fought at okinawa precipitated the decision to drop the bomb one hiroshima. In this way it is an important work. It does not gloss in depicting american pilots strafing japanese as they parachuted and in the ocean. Nonetheless the guts to fly a carrier based aircraft is astounding. Meanwh ...more
John
Excellent work on the last year of the Pacific War. Gandt focuses his book on the "Tail End Charlies" of VBF-10: The Corsairs of the USS Intrepid. He gives some decent coverage of the Japanese side as well, focused on Ugaki and the Kamikazes. I also like his writing of the end of the Yamato. The best parts are built on VBF-10, however and their camaraderie and the shock of combat. If you know much about the Pacific, many names will stand out. Including Will Rawlie and John Hyland. Rawlie was a V ...more
Adam Denny
A narrative history that is able to be pro-American without being propaganda, because it tries to also be honest about the Japanese, by the actions of their leaders making it clear just how mad things had become by 1945. The men of the USS Intrepid, and their actions reminded more than a little of Battle Star Galactica. Maybe it resonant's so powerfully culturally, because carrier warfare became by the end of the Second World War, iconically American. This is an entertaining page-turner of a boo ...more
Charles Lewis
What this book is great at doing is describing the horror of the kamikaze attacks. I had no idea how how much the Japanese depended on this desperate measure and the toll it took on American sailors. Having said that I thought the promised story line of a group of tight knit aviators didn't really come across. This read more like snap shot of what was going on in the final months of the Pacific Theater on air, sea and land. I think I would have gone to four stars if not for the choppiness of thi ...more
Eubond
Opened my eyes to the events at Okinawa and some of the personalities that drove those events. Provided me a much better understanding of the kamikaze attacks.
Grant Kisling
An interesting look at the Okinawa campaign from numerous perspectives.

It earns 3.5 stars because i I felt that it tried to cover too many sides of the campaign using too few pages. This makes the book unfold in short, choppy events instead of a following narrative that is more focused.

A recommended read for those looking for a quick overview of the Okinawa campaign from the air, sea, and land.
David
A look at the battle of Okinawa and how this proved to be the last major battle in the Pacific. The story focused mainly on a group of new pilots considered "tail end Charlies" since they were new pilots and joining the war at the very end. I enjoyed the book, but from a historian's point of view, it is a lazy book. A quick check of the sources shows that the author mainly just used other books.
Dio Aufa Handoyo
Great recount on U.S. Pacific front, especially Okinawa. Plenty of details on the lives of near-end World War II Naval Aviators, with a touch of highlights on the rigors of ground combat. The book is unique in the sense that it does not only cover the stories of U.S. sailors and commanders, it also provides the story from the perspective of Japanese warriors and commanders.
Mike
Much like Skygods I was not a huge fan of the writing style, but all in all a good book. I had thought that more of this was about air to air combat, but perhaps I should have paid a little more attention to the summary. If you are interested in the Pacific Theater or Okinawa specifically you will not be disappointed.
Bazbal666
Good WWII nerd read right here. It loses a star for false adverstising though, it said it was about the avaitors but it was really about the whole Okinawa campaign. Blatant attempt at trying to sell more copies, which worked in my case. If it wasn't well written I wouldn't have finished it for pulling that stunt!
Bert  Hopkins
The battle for Okinawa was spoken of by my late father, Bert C. Hopkins who was at the Kerama Retto anchorage, a staging area for the invasion. He spoke of seeing a US Cruiser taking a Kamikaze at. tack between two smoke stacks. I always wanted to learn about this mostly forgotten epic battle.
Kanak menon
one of the best unit level histories of the battle for Okinawa ive read. Mr. Gandt's personal experiences as fighter pilot probably helped as he gives you a look into the mindframe of pilots in combat quite well. recommended for any world war 2 history buff.
Beth/Chuck
Well written and kept my interest from first page to last. I always enjoy comments and viewpoints
from the enemy's side of the same event. Each book I read reinforces that fact that war is both
evil and the biggest waste of mankind.
Ronald
These tales of heroism can't be told too often. Such stories eventually evolve in the mythologies that are the backbone of our culture.
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