A gripping true account of courage and survival at sea against impossible odds-and one of the finest untold World War II sagas of our time. In December 1944, while on a mission to support MacArthur's invasion of the Philippines, Admiral William "Bull" Halsey unwittingly steered his fleet of 170 ships into the teeth of a massive typhoon. The storm ultimately inflicted twice as much destruction and loss of life as the Battle of Midway, but Navy brass suppressed the scope of the disaster so as not to compromise the American advance on Tokyo. After the ensuing Court of Inquiry, Halsey never spoke again of the disaster. It is only now, thanks to documents declassified sixty years after the events and scores of firsthand accounts from survivors, that the story finally has been told.
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by Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
by Professor Eric Cline
by Oliver North, Bob Hamer
by John Sandford
by Hammond Innes
"Typhoon Cobra devastated Admiral William "Bull" Halsey's Pacific Fleet in December 1944, sinking ships, smashing airplanes, and throwing sailors to the sharks. Presenting the story as if it were a TV documentary, Eric Conger uses his voice as a portal to allow the story to tell itself. The narration succeeds at becoming invisible, adding no unnecessary drama to the already compelling tale. Conger adopts a professorial style in passages explaining the physics of tropical storm development and relaxes into informality for first-person accounts retrieved from interviews and historical records. The book's only dry moments come from the text's occasional forays into assessing blame for the disaster, and these are blessedly few. R.L.L. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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