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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (71 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maxwell Taylor Kennedy Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781400178322
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Based on extensive interviews with Japanese and American survivors, letters, diaries, and other primary sources, Danger's Hour explores the May 11, 1945, attack on the USS Bunker Hill, one of the deadliest kamikaze attacks of World War II. The book details the story of the ship herself (a technological marvel), her crew, and her kamikaze adversaries. Maxwell Taylor Kennedy shows how crucial this battle was to victory in the Pacific, even though it was overshadowed by the almost simultaneous surrender of the Nazis in Europe. With this extensive research, Kennedy tells the human story on both sides of the battle. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A spellbinding account showing that much more than geopolitics was at stake in the Pacific war. Publishers Weekly
  • The author combines extensive archival research with interviews of American and Japanese participants in a spellbinding account showing that much more than geopolitics was at stake in the Pacific war.

    Publishers Weekly

  • Kennedy’s text covers the struggle to save the ship, succor her injured, and bury her dead. Solid in the disaster-at-sea department, Kennedy’s book, with its original slant on Ogawa, will be of particular interest to the WWII readership.

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  • “This is a riveting, thought-provoking, superbly written history that unfolds and surprises like a novel. What we are permitted to participate in is nothing short of hell: a glimpse into the most asymmetrical warfare we Americans have ever faced—the kamikaze pilot.”

    Ken Burns, director, producer, and author of The Roosevelts

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catriona Buhayar | 2/16/2013

    " I truly enjoyed this history book about the US Navy, particularly aircraft carriers, and the Japanese Navy and Kamikaze pilots during WWII. Definitely recommend to fans of war history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 12/19/2012

    " Meticulously researched and excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice Russell | 10/17/2011

    " I don't usually read non-fiction about World War II, but this one was of special interest because my father served on the Bunker Hill. His cousin, Bob Stock, was also on the carrier and against all rules, kept a journal. I have a copy and I followed Kennedy's account with what Bob wrote. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Damon Hall | 7/5/2011

    " Good idea, not badly written but poorly fact-checked/edited. Too many little errors that were hard to ignore and took away from a story that needed to be told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Rennell | 10/1/2009

    " A very well written book about the attack on the Bunker Hill and the events before and after. A story of bravery, desperation and self sacrifice. A highly recommended book about the war in the Pacific. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catriona | 2/27/2009

    " I truly enjoyed this history book about the US Navy, particularly aircraft carriers, and the Japanese Navy and Kamikaze pilots during WWII. Definitely recommend to fans of war history. "

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About the Author

Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, is a professor at Boston College and the bestselling author of Make Gentle the Life of This World. He graduated from Harvard University, where he majored in American history, and he served for three years as assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.