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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer
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Dec 06, 2008

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If you like reading history books about World War II, the Navy or military subjects in general, this is a well written, gripping book worth reading. It's about a single naval battle toward the end of WWII off the coast of the Philippines, A tiny group of small US ships managed to survive (mostly) an intense onslaught by a huge group of Japanese vessels through a combination of luck, determination and strategy, with help from the "fog of war." The author interviewed many of the survivors of the battle and interweaves the narrative with their personal stories and recollections. Warning: the battle scenes are described with intense, brutal detail. There can't be many things worse than being on a WWII ship that's been hit by a large shell. Think 900 degree super-heated steam, a lot of darkness, shrapnel, shock waves, and, if you made it through that, sharks.
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