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Sea Cobra : Admiral Halsey's Task Force and the Great Pacific Typhoon
by Buckner F. Melton


Overview - One of the costliest battles of World War II happens to be one of the least known. After failing to stop the attack of Admiral Takeo Kurita at Leyte Gulf, Admiral " Bull" Halsey made a desperate attempt to engage the Japanese Imperial Navy in a full-scale battle.  Read more...

 
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Overview
One of the costliest battles of World War II happens to be one of the least known. After failing to stop the attack of Admiral Takeo Kurita at Leyte Gulf, Admiral " Bull" Halsey made a desperate attempt to engage the Japanese Imperial Navy in a full-scale battle. Acting against better judgment and in a desperate attempt at redemption, Halsey led his crew into the raging path of a typhoon, which resulted in the loss of nearly one thousand sailors-- the most costly mission of the Pacific war.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781592289783
  • ISBN-10: 1592289789
  • Publisher: Lyons Press
  • Publish Date: March 2007
  • Page Count: 318
  • Dimensions: 9.24 x 6.2 x 1.15 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.41 pounds


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Books > History > Military - World War II

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 43.
  • Review Date: 2007-01-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

The ripple of interest in the typhoon that struck the U.S. Third Fleet in December 1944, sinking three destroyers and drowning 800 sailors, swells onward in this absorbing naval adventure saga. Historian Melton (Aaron Burr) paints a wider canvas than do Bob Drury and Tom Clavin in Halsey's Typhoon (reviewed Oct. 9). Like them, he regales readers with firsthand recollections of the shrieking winds and titanic waves that battered ships to pieces, the ordeal of survivors besieged by thirst and sharks, and the heroism of sailors who rescued them in mountainous seas. He recounts at length the subsequent navy inquiry into the performance of meteorologists, Adm. William Halsey and Cmdr. James Marks of the sunken destroyer Hull, who are pilloried by Drury and Clavin but largely exonerated here. Melton pads out the story with a blow-by-blow of the preceding Battle of Leyte Gulf, an account of another typhoon Halsey sailed the Third Fleet into in 1945, and a chapter on Japanese kamikazes. Melton's prose can be purplish—"The beast was still growing in the heart of the sea... feeding on the heat of the water as if it were mother's milk"—but when the storm breaks, he settles down to a straightforward, gripping narrative. Photos. (Mar.)

 
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