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Neptune's Inferno

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Written with the storytelling drive that made Jim Hornfischer's first two books award winners and word-of-mouth favourites, here is an indispensable work of narrative history by one of the most commanding chroniclers of the U.S. Navy in World War II. The fight between the U.S. and Japanese fleets for control of the seas around Guadalcanal was the most ferocious and important naval campaign of the Pacific war. In this, the first major account of this landmark struggle in two decades, Hornfischer narrates an epic tale, breathtaking in its spectacle, of naval combat unprecedented in its intensity. Off Guadalcanal, in seas that would become known as Iron Bottom Sound for the number of warships sunk in action there, three U.S. sailors would die for every marine who perished ashore. Based on three years of research, including interviews with veterans who have never spoken publicly before, essential new archival sources, and the latest scholarship, Hornfischer gives vivid life to the story of a nearly forgotten sacrifice, written on a canvas that is at once epic and deeply, poignantly human. About the Author James D Hornfischer is a writer, literary agent and former book editor.
He is the author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, both widely acclaimed accounts of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 635.03g
  • Presidio Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2 16-page b&w inserts, 9 maps
  • 0553385127
  • 9780553385120
  • 130,020

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Selected as a Best Book of 2011 by Military History Quarterly "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"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, HistoryNet "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 "The star of this year's reading list is James D. Hornfischer, a military historian whose flair for narrative is rivaled only by his ability to organize the sweep of battle and assess strategy and tactics in layman's terms."--Cleveland Plain Dealer"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 Selected as a Best Book of 2011 by "Military History Quarterly" 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" 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, HistoryNet 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" The star of this year s reading list is James D. Hornfischer, a military historian whose flair for narrative is rivaled only by his ability to organize the sweep of battle and assess strategy and tactics in layman s terms. "Cleveland Plain Dealer" 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"" "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""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, HistoryNet "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 n Advance praise for "Neptune's Inferno" The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Boston Globe bestseller A main selection of the History Book Club and the Military Book Club "With the publication of "Neptune's Inferno," a masterpiece of 20th century naval history, it's time to declare James Hornfischer a national treasure, a member of the distinguished band of brothers--Stephen Ambrose, Shelby Foote, Ken Burns, Spielberg and Hanks--whose sacred mission has been vital to America's journey, preserving the stories of our fathers and grandfathers for future generations, before those stories fade forever out of our consciousness into the shadows of time."Bob Shacochis, National Book Award winner, author of "The Immaculate Invasion" "Hornfischer has produced an account that is visceral, yet technical; sweeping, yet personal. It's a terrific read, and an important new addition to the literature on this most important naval campaign in the Pacific." --Jon
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About James D. Hornfischer

JAMES D. HORNFISCHER is a writer, literary agent, and former book editor. He is the author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, both widely acclaimed accounts of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II.
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