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Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal


With "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" and "Ship of Ghosts," James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America's ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.750
Lee  B
by Lee B on Apr 18, 2013

An outstanding read. Description of the naval battles that surrounded the taking and holding of Guadalcanal in a clarity I have not found before.

David H

Focuses On the Naval Battles

by David H on Aug 23, 2012

Very good book on the naval battles that determined the fate of the Guadalcanal campaign. I have always found this campaign fascinating as the Japanese had success at night, inflicting heavy casualties on the US Navy. The US with its superior air power controlled the area during the day. I also appreciate the fair handed manner used to evaluate Admiral Fletcher, who has became a scape goat in my opinion.

Walter  R

Wonderful book

by Walter R on Mar 22, 2012

I could not put this book down. Much detail, easy read, and fun to read. Many facts new to me.


Good bk for anyone interested in this detail

by Avatar1million on May 26, 2011

I have an historical interest in the Battle for the Pacific, WWII, and enjoyed this book a lot. It corrects a substantial mis-perception about Guadalcanal. However, as a writer myself, I was frustrated by the lack of clarity in time-line and events, the constant blurring of detail about a major battle or ship being sunk or a seaman being injured, seeking help, putting himself out on morphine in the machine shop. I had to read it twice to get it all straight, making notes and going back and forth. Better writing and organization would have made it much more reader friendly.

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