Tin Can Titans

  • by John Wukovits
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Admiral William Halsey selected Destroyer Squadron 21 to lead his victorious ships into Tokyo Bay to accept the Japanese surrender, it was the most battle-hardened US naval squadron of the war.
But it was not the squadron of ships that had accumulated such an inspiring résumé; it was the people serving aboard them. Sailors, not metallic superstructures and hulls, had won the battles and become the stuff of legend. Men like Commander Donald MacDonald, skipper of the USS O'Bannon, who became the most decorated naval officer of the Pacific war; Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, who survived his ship's sinking and waged a one-man battle against the enemy while stranded on a Japanese-occupied island; and Doctor Dow "Doc" Ransom, the beloved physician of the USS La Vallette, who combined a mixture of humor and medical expertise to treat his patients at sea epitomize the sacrifices made by all the men and women of World War II.
Through diaries, personal interviews with survivors, and letters written to and by the crews during the war, preeminent historian of the Pacific theater John Wukovits brings to life the human story of the squadron and its men, who bested the Japanese in the Pacific and helped take the war to Tokyo.

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A lot of Holes

In reality this book concentrates on one squadron and really just a few ships in that squadron. Additionally the primary focus seemed to be on the Solomon campaign and gave passing discussion to further engagements. When thinking of destroyers during WWII I really don't know how you can omit the Battle of Leyte Gulf and Battle off Samar in particular. But for the items it covered the book had its moments but it seems that the author really just wanted to concentrate on the Battle of the Solomons and how how destroyers engaged in that battle. That part of the book is very good and the author should have just concentrated on that engagement and the ships involved.
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- Greg ORiordan

Gripping Book

This book is a gripping telling of the harrowing lives of those who served on the ships of Destroyer Squadron 21 during World War II. Based on diaries and other writings of the sailors who manned these ships, it provides an amazing array of insights into what it was like to face danger in the battles of the Pacific Theater. Beautifully narrated, I highly recommend this audio book.
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- dw

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-15-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.