The Sinking of the Bismarck

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Rosetta Books, Oct 22, 2014 - History - 158 pages
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The famous war correspondent delivers an edge-of-your seat account of the naval chase and battle to take out one of Hitler’s most powerful warships.
The Bismarck wasn’t just any warship. Its guns were much stronger and more accurate than any others in its day—meaning it could easily sink enemy ships without getting in range of their fire. It was one of Hitler’s most powerful weapons, and the Allied forces had to put it out of commission—before they lost the war. With the fate of the world in the balance, Allied forces chased the Bismarck across the stormy North Atlantic—culminating in a thrilling sea battle that changed the course of World War II.
Unfolding with the taut suspense of a blockbuster movie, this book brings the excitement and danger of World War II to younger audiences—and demonstrates William L. Shirer’s mastery as a writer of history and a spinner of tales.
“A book one reads with sustained excitement.” —Kirkus Reviews 

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Excitement, suspense surrounding the biggest naval hunt of World War II, combine to make this one of the tops in this series, a book one reads with sustained excitement. Britain on the conveys ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karlstar - LibraryThing

A short but detailed description of the hunting and sinking of the Bismarck. Not overly personal or detailed, but still a good description of the event. Read full review

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The Mighty Bismarck Goes to
The Shadowing of the Bismarck
The Bismarck Sinks the Hood
Avenge the Hood
The Bismarck Is Lost
Where Is the Bismarck?
The Bismarck Is Found Again
The British Attack the Wrong Ship
An Eleventh Hour Turn of Fortune
A Desperate Night on the Bismarck
The Sinking of the Bismarck A Note on Sources

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About the author (2014)

William Shirer (1904–1993) was originally a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and was the first journalist hired by Edward R. Murrow for what would become a team of journalists for CBS radio. Shirer distinguished himself and quickly became known for his broadcasts from Berlin during the rise of the Nazi dictatorship through the first year of World War II. Shirer was the first of "Edward R. Murrow's Boys"--broadcast journalists--who provided news coverage during World War II and afterward. It was Shirer who broadcast the first uncensored eyewitness account of the annexation of Austria. Shirer is best known for his books The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, which won the National Book Award, and Berlin Diary.

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