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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,911 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James D. Hornfischer Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge. It takes us into the heart and mind of an iron-willed, self-made executive officer leading his men throughout a sea of carnage and two hellish days and nights clinging to survival amid oil, blood, sharks, and madness. And it dramatizes how the overmatched US force, enduring the loss of five gallant ships and nearly a thousand brave men, turned a certain crashing defeat into a momentous victory that would lead to the final surrender of America’s ruthless imperial foe.

Filled with riveting detail and based on the author’s extensive interviews and correspondence with veterans, unpublished eyewitness accounts, declassified documents, and rare Japanese sources, this is war at sea as it has seldom been presented before. It is an unforgettable narrative that captures the essence of heroism, the power of loyalty, and the way in which the unadorned truth is more stirring than legend itself.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gary Brecht | 2/16/2014

    " This is now one of my favorite World War II histories. It focuses on one event; the Japanese navy's nearly successful attempt to thwart the American's effort to recapture the Philippines. Were it not for the bravery of the navy's back up forces, the main attack might have failed. Out-manned, American destroyers took on the much more heavily armed Japanese battleships and cruisers, driving into the teeth of the enemy. In spite of losing the only aircraft carrier sunk by an enemy ship in the entire war, the rear guard of the American naval forces made a determined stand. Land based American fighters buzzed and harassed the attacking Japanese force and continued to hound them even when they were out of ammunition. Perhaps because of this fanatic defense the Japanese admiral, even while on the threshold of victory, decided to turn his force around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rod | 2/14/2014

    " Gripping account of the most heroic naval action of WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine | 2/12/2014

    " This tells the story of the Battle of Samar, one of the last naval battles of World War II and a stunning underdog victory for the US Navy over Japan. Hornfischer is a great writer with the ability to make long-ago events seem real and immediate, and make a non-fiction story read like a novel. Fascinating and inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alan | 2/9/2014

    " By far the most amazing underdog story ever. The men in Taffy 3 did the unthinkable, and prevailed. An great book, about Americans at their finest. "

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