Neptune's Inferno

Neptune's Inferno

The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

eBook - 2011
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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 Working from new interviews with survivors, unpublished eyewitness accounts, and newly available documents, Hornfischer paints a vivid picture of the officers and enlisted men who opposed the Japanese in America's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.
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9780553908077
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 16, 2017

Excellent. Read all his books!

Apr 26, 2017

This is a very well written book discussing the early surface war in the Pacific from both the American and Japanese point of view. Since it focuses extensively on Guadalcanal and the series of surface actions that have not received the same attention compared to myriads of books about U-boats in the Atlantic. I appreciated the approach to understand the personality in particular of the American fleet commanders and their overall reticence to use surface radar and how this reluctance resulted in many lost ships since the Japanese had a distinct advantage in night vision optics and their favorite attack weapon, extremely dangerous torpedoes. I read his other book which was about the Battle of Leyte Gulf which featured the use of escort carriers and destroyers versus Japanese surface ships.

Sep 04, 2014

I read any books that mention my Dad's ship, the Pensacola, and this was a great book that I couldn't put down. I was stunned at how much happened in the Solomons that Dad never mentioned, even when he started telling me some things about being in the Pacific. It was intensely interesting, and really brought home the horrors of naval battle and how mistakes in judgement can be disastrous, as in the Night Cruiser Action of November 13th, 1942.

May 19, 2013

I regard this as the definitive book about the WWII Battle for Guadalcanal. Hornfischer gives a detailed account of the role of the US Navy in the battle. Right down to some of the destroyers and submarines. By contrast, The Admirals, which I also enjoyed, by a different author,is almost exclusively about activities at a higher level. Last, Hornfischer has obviously done a lot of homeowrk.

Mar 19, 2013

Hornfischer has done a good job of researching the naval battles surrounding the Battle for Guadalcanal, an area not frequently dealt with in much depth. However his presentation leaves a lot to be desired. In fact Hornfischer's style would appear better suited to a professional sports biography than to a history book. He perhaps has tried to do too much by recounting both the military history of the campaign and the personal experiences of individual sailors. The continuous switching back and forth between these two approaches caused me to lose track of the events of the various battles themselves. This book is a worthwhile read for those interested in the history of the naval battles but be prepared to slog through overly extensive description of personal actions written in somewhat purple prose.

Feb 10, 2013

Very good read - 9/10.

KEVIN DOWD Nov 13, 2012

GREAT page turner of a read.. lots of details.. lots of action..

a very well written account of the first year of the war.. in the SOPAC.

Aug 08, 2012

Great book, well written and engaging with new research and information not mentioned by Morrison and other history writers.

Worth a look if you like the subject, although much of it you've probably read before if you are any fan of the history of Guadalcanal during WWII.


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