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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (48 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill White, Robert Gandt Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The USS Intrepid is a warship unlike any other. The 27,000-ton, Essex-class aircraft carrier has sailed into harm’s way around the globe. At Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history, she sank Japanese warships and endured kamikaze and torpedo attacks. She fought at Okinawa and other Pacific battles, surviving to be the recovery ship for America’s first astronauts and later returning to action in Vietnam.

Intrepid brings this history to life in a stirring tribute complete with personal recollections of those who served on the ship and vivid descriptions of the deadly conflicts she endured. It is a story of the people who sailed in her, fought to keep her alive, and perished in her defense, a story which powerfully captures the human element in the history of American heroism.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The story of the Intrepid is as fresh and exciting today as it when the great ship was in the thick of the most ferocious sea battles ever. We’re so lucky to have her around to remind us of past glories and dangerous times.”

    Tom Brokaw, author and news anchor

  • Intrepid’s story is America’s story…Bill White and Robert Gandt have told it eloquently and well.”

    Stephen Coonts, author

  • “[This] impassioned history…deliver[s] a steady stream of nuts-and-bolts battle action.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Weiner’s warmth and presence lend themselves to this story of guts and glory.”


  • “No ship other than Old Ironsides herself has a name that rings more brightly in the annals of our navy’s history than the USS Intrepid. This is an absorbing chronicle of the legendary aircraft carrier’s long service in the fleet, from her two years in the fevered carrier actions of World War II to her unlikely role, moored on a Hudson River pier, on September 11, 2001. It’s a fascinating look at how our carrier navy catapulted itself from a proud past into a limitless future. I learned something on almost every page.” 

    James D. Hornfischer, author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

  • “Vivid World War II sea and air battle descriptions.”

    Washington Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larry | 8/18/2013

    " Amazing story of the WW II carrier now in NYC "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lee T. | 10/12/2012

    " Excellent & moving - especially Zachary Fisher's bringing the warship to NYC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff | 8/23/2012

    " For a book that's fairly light reading, I found it rather enjoyable. The title pretty much says it all - it's about the USS Intrepid from her launching to becoming a current-day museum in NYC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 3/4/2010

    " The life history of the aircraft carrier Intrepid. Definitely an interesting subject, but the book tends to under-develop stories of incidents and the last few chapters degrade into rah-rah for the ship and individuals who championed saving it. "

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About the Author

Bill White serves as president of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.