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The book is tremendously readable. It is not a story of a 'great' military accomplishment, at least not in the traditional sense. It is a wonderful account of what it was like to serve on an Sboat in ... Read full review
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Page xii - The United States Asiatic Fleet seldom tasted victory. It drank the cup of defeat to the bitter dregs. Nevertheless, the fortitude of that Fleet in the face of almost certain disaster inspired the rest of the Navy in the forty months of war that followed, and its exploits will always be held in proud and affectionate remembrance.