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Posted February 7, 2006
Great Story, Poorly Told
Stanton had a great story to tell, so it's a pity he told it so poorly. Even a non-Navy reader like me can identify blatant errors in his book (such as describing a coxswain's duties as if he were a bosun). His style was troublesome, too: for example, the constant, affected reference to sailors as 'boys' was probably intended to give it a period feel, but instead comes off as stilted and silly. The cumulative effect of errors and poor style eventually rendered the book unreadable. Even though I wanted to finish the book for the sake of the story, I was unable to do so. I may be spoiled by really good nautical authors, but Stanton should find a topic a little closer to his expertise (whatever that might be) than the U. S. Navy of WWII.
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