The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

Author
James D. Hornfischer 
Summary
<b>“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.”</b><br /><br /> With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS <i>Samuel B. Roberts</i> on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire. All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’ s vulnerable invasion force were the <i>Roberts</i> and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into history.<br /><br /> In the tradition of the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Flags of Our Fathers,</i> James D. Hornfischer paints an unprecedented portrait of the Battle of Samar, a naval engagement unlike any other in U.S. history—and captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victory.<br /><br /><b> BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James D. Hornfischer's&#xa0;<i>Neptune's Inferno</i>.</b><br /><br /><b>Praise for </b><i><b>The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors</b></i><br /><br />“One of the finest WWII naval action narratives in recent years, this book follows in the footsteps of&#xa0;<i>Flags of Our Fathers</i>. . . . Exalting American sailors and pilots as they richly deserve. . . . Reads like a very good action novel.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><br />“Reads as fresh as tomorrow's headlines. . . . Hornfischer's captivating narrative uses previously classified documents to reconstruct the epic battle and eyewitness accounts to bring the officers and sailors to life.”<b>—<i>Texas Monthly</i></b><br /><br />“Hornfischer is a powerful stylist whose explanations are clear as well as memorable. . . . A dire survival-at-sea saga.”<b>—</b><i><b>Denver Post</b><br /><br /></i>“In&#xa0;<i>The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors,</i>&#xa0;James Hornfischer drops you right into the middle of this raging battle, with 5-inch guns blazing, torpedoes detonating and Navy fliers dive-bombing. . . . The overall story of the battle is one of American guts, glory and heroic sacrifice.”<b>—<i>Omaha World Herald</i></b>
Genre
Military  Books  History 
Price
$13.99
Average User Rating
4.5
User Rating Count
88
Release Date
2004-02-03


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