Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge. ...Read MoreTold from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge. It takes us into the heart and mind of an iron-willed, self-made executive officer leading his men throughout a sea of carnage and two hellish days and nights clinging to survival amid oil, blood, sharks, and madness. And it dramatizes how the overmatched U.S. force, enduring the loss of five gallant ships and nearly a thousand brave men, turned a certain crashing defeat into a momentous victory that would lead to the final surrender of America's ruthless imperial foe.Read Less
Due to a late arrival I had no chance to read this book so far. But it is a hot title and I am sure I won´t be disappointed...
James J. G
Sep 2, 2010
Excellent !!! The Real Story ! an old Navy sailor would enjoy!
Nov 29, 2007
A story of bravery against overwhelming odds
I have been interested in Taffy 3 for a long time. This book gives all the details of the events of the battle of Samar (Leyte Gulf) during WWII. The efforts of the seamen and officers and their courageous action against overwhelming odds won the battle for the US. This book is packed with detail - maybe more than the ordinary person would want. There are good summaries of the actions of Taffy 3 available elsewhere. Still, I am very glad to have this book.
Apr 30, 2007
Very well written book. An in-depth telling without the high school history class data approach. The author took a somewhat unbiased approach, and of course as a US citizen I was rooting for the sailors, but I did feel it was still balanced.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.