Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan

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Naval Institute Press, 2001 - History - 1071 pages
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With the content of an authoritative reference and the excitement of a thriller, this history of the U.S. submarine war is one of the most informative and entertaining books written on the Pacific campaign. The author, a respected journalist and World War II submariner himself, is credited with providing a complete and unbiased account of what happened. When published in 1975, it was the first such account to detail controversial aspects of the American campaign, from the torpedo scandal to discrepancies between claimed and confirmed sinkings.

To get to the truth, Clay Blair interviewed scores of skippers, staff officers, and code breakers, and combed thousands of documents and personal papers. In addition, he thoroughly researched the development of the submarine and torpedo from pre-war to post-war times. As a result, he takes the reader into the submarine war at all levels--the highest strategy sessions in Washington, the terrifying moments in subs at the bottom of the ocean waiting out exploding depth charges, the zany efforts of a crew coaxing a chicken to lay an egg. He also exposes the reader to the jealous infighting of admirals vying for power and the problems between cautious older skippers and daring young commanders. Supplementing the text are nearly forty maps showing submarine activity in the context of every important naval engagement in the Pacific, more than thirty pages of photographs, multiple appendixes (including a calendar of submarine war patrols), and an index of over 2,000 entries. This is a work of great scholarship and scope that makes a timeless contribution to the history of World War II.
  

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Review: Silent Victory: the US Submarine Victory against Japan (Bluejacket Books)

User Review  - Curtiss - Goodreads

This is *the* comprehensive, two-volume history of America's submarine war against Japan's Navy and Merchant Marine, with a blow-by-blow account of virtually every war patrol - written in a crisp ... Read full review

Review: Silent Victory: the US Submarine Victory against Japan (Bluejacket Books)

User Review  - Jesper Jorgensen - Goodreads

I'm sure that real navy and submarine buffs will have a ball reading it with all the details it presents to the reader. And as such I can only recommend it wholehearted. But for me it is simply too much and too far from my 'home turf'; Army and combat aviation related stuff. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Blair served in the Navy in WWII in submarine service. He served from 1950-60 as a Washington journalist for Time-Life and the Saturday Evening Post. He was the first journalist to go to sea on the new Tang-class submarine Trigger, and other submarines.

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