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Would you try another book from Philip Kaplan and/or A. T. Chandler?
No. This is barely a book as much as it is a bunch of content from other people appended together with little editing. It repeats the same information in many places. Skips over some events with very little information (the U-110 enigma capture, one of the most important U-Boat events ever due to the importance of the code, and the daring method of capture), but in other places (the Lusitania section, which reads like 80% Wikipedia content) is quite lengthy. Some very long direct quotes are used. There's really nothing original here.
The performance is among the worst I've ever listened to. The voice and style of the narrator is like he's doing voiceover for an action move trailer or a cell phone data plan. Totally lacking inflection or any demonstrated sensitivity for what he's talking about. He reads one passage about men being crushed to death with the same buzzy monotone that he does talking about pretty nurses awaiting the return of the boats. Just terrible.
Would you ever listen to anything by Philip Kaplan again?
Would you be willing to try another one of A. T. Chandler’s performances?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment that I wasted a credit on this. Should have gone with something more original with better performance. Other reviews mentioned that this has tactics in it, the only tactic it has is repeatedly mentioning the Wolfpack idea itself and the German word for it.
Any additional comments?
This book deserves to be scuttled, or depth charged into the briny deep.
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The author bounces around a lot both in time and in space. While that can keep things interesting, it either requires great skill or an overriding need to discuss an idea coherently. In this case, I didn't see either. He also quoted from a book called the War Lover which was a novel about the American Army Air Corps bombing offensive. I wasn't sure how that helped inform his narrative. He didn't qualify the quotes well to give me any assurance as the relevance. If he had quoted from The Boat by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim it might make sense because he had served as a war correspondent on a U-Boat patrol. The very end didn't seem to match up with the rest of the book at all. I'm not sure why it was there. I've read some of the autobiographies of the U-Boat commanders and there is a lot to tell. I'm sure there are better representatives of this aspect of the Second World War.
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