Sea of Thunder

Sea of Thunder

Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign, 1941-1945

Book - 2006
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Journalist and historian Thomas writes with a knowing feel for the clash of cultures as he follows four men through the naval war of 1941-1945 in the South Pacific: Admiral William ("Bull") Halsey, the macho, gallant, racist American fleet commander; Admiral Takeo Kurita, the Japanese battleship commander charged with making what was, in essence, a suicidal fleet attack against the American invasion of the Philippines; Admiral Matome Ugaki, a self-styled samurai who was the commander of all kamikazes and himself the last kamikaze of the war; and Commander Ernest Evans, a Cherokee Indian and Annapolis graduate who led his destroyer on the last great charge in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the biggest naval battle ever fought. From new documents and interviews with American and Japanese veterans, Thomas was able to piece together and answer mysteries about the battle that have puzzled historians for decades.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
ISBN: 9780743252218
Branch Call Number: 940.5426 THOMAS
Characteristics: 415 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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SB2000 Dec 16, 2013

A fascinating read. Narrative history at its best. The author really gives a sense of the psychology, personalities, politics and sheer exhaustion involved in managing thousands of men, hundreds of ships over the largest ocean on the planet.

Jan 02, 2011

The story is told with great pace and just enough detail, by focusing on four key participants. The plot leads up to the Battle of the Leyte Gulf which the author feels is the last great naval battle. Probably true considering how warfare has changed to unmanned aircraft, satellites, and cruise missiles. An interesting thread in the story is how politics played a part in slowing down communication during key moments of the Battle of the Leyte Gulf costing many lives. No doubt this aspect of warfare has not improved since.


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