Surigao Strait in the Philippine Islands was the scene of a major battleship duel during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Because the battle was fought at night and had few survivors on the Japanese side, the events of that naval engagement have been passed down in garbled accounts.
Anthony P. Tully pulls together all of the existing documentary material, including newly discovered accounts and a careful analysis of U.S. Navy action reports, to create a new and more detailed description of the action. In several respects, Tully's narrative differs radically from the received versions and represents an important historical corrective.
The book is published by the Indiana University Press.
"This book is worth buying by serious students of the Pacific War." (The Journal of Naval History)
"The skillful incorporation of personal testimony from those involved is what really elevates this work above run-of-the-mill naval history and turns it into something special." (Warship)
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A Much Needed History!
Well research work spoiled by narration!
I would rate this book as average among the many WWII naval books I have read. It is more an academic work than a book one would read for pleasure.
I would only recommend this book to someone who had a strong interest in naval history and was comfortable reading a very factual, detailed, and analytical text. I would recommend it in book form as the narrator for this production is the worse I have ever experienced in all the Audible books I have listen to!
Roelofs is the worse narrator I have ever experienced in all my years of listening to Audible books. He sounds as if he is reading words, not sentences or a story. He must have been uncomfortable with the Japanese names as you notice a pause before he pronounces each name. It seems as if he mispronounced "Leyte Gulf" and they had to go back in an redo the pronunciation. He also does not know how to say military time as he calls 2000 "two thousand" instead of "20 hundred." If it were not for the fact that I had an interest in the battle, I would have stopped listening to this book before the end of the first chapter!
No. Too detailed and academic. Plus the narration is so poor it makes listening painful.