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Neptune's inferno: the U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

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Grouped Work ID349a4477-e520-a0dc-7927-0c348defb8b4
Grouping Titleneptunes inferno the u s navy at guadalcanal
Grouping Authorjames d hornfischer
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2022-01-24 05:22:54AM
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Novelist Primary ISBN9780553806700

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“A literary tour de force that is destined to become one of the . . . definitive works about the battle for Guadalcanal . . . [James D.] Hornfischer deftly captures the essence of the most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war.”—San Antonio Express-News

The Battle of Guadalcanal has long been heralded as a Marine victory. Now, with his powerful portrait of the Navy’s sacrifice, James D. Hornfischer tells for the first time the full story of the men who fought in destroyers, cruisers, and battleships in the narrow, deadly waters of “Ironbottom Sound.” Here, in stunning cinematic detail, are the seven major naval actions that began in August 1942, a time when the war seemed unwinnable and America fought on a shoestring, with the outcome always in doubt. Working from new interviews with survivors, unpublished eyewitness accounts, and newly available documents, Hornfischer paints a vivid picture of the officers and enlisted men who opposed the Japanese in America’s hour of need. The first major work on this subject in almost two decades, Neptune’s Inferno does what all great battle narratives do: It tells the gripping human stories behind the momentous events and critical decisions that altered the course of history and shaped so many lives.

Praise for Neptune’s Inferno

“Vivid and engaging . . . extremely readable, comprehensive and thoroughly researched.”—Ronald Spector, The Wall Street Journal

“Superlative storytelling . . . the masterwork on the long-neglected topic of World War II’s surface ship combat.”—Richard B. Frank, World War II

“The author’s two previous World War II books . . . thrust him into the major leagues of American military history writers. Neptune’s Inferno is solid proof he deserves to be there.”The Dallas Morning News

“Outstanding . . . The author’s narrative gifts and excellent choice of detail give an almost Homeric quality to the men who met on the sea in steel titans.”Booklist (starred review)

“Brilliant . . . a compelling narrative of naval combat . . . simply superb.”The Washington Times

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subject_facetGuadalcanal, Battle of, Solomon Islands, 1942-1943
Guadalcanal, Battle of, Solomon Islands, 1942-1943 -- Personal narratives, American
United States. -- Navy -- Biography
United States. -- Navy -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Veterans -- United States -- Interviews
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American
title_displayNeptune's inferno : the U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
title_fullNeptune's Inferno The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
Neptune's inferno : the U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal / James D. Hornfischer
title_shortNeptune's inferno
title_subthe U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
topic_facetGuadalcanal, Battle of, Solomon Islands, 1942-1943
Naval operations, American
World War, 1939-1945