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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    O'Hara's Choice Is Poor History

    I know that you shouldn't kick a man when he's dead, but Leon Uris' last work is a major disappointment. As a military buff, I was really upset with his nearly total disregard for facts. For instance, he twice mentions the opening of Japan by Admiral Dewey(!) in the 1850s. (It was Commodore Perry in 1854.) He mentions an assault on Fort Sumter in in Charleston harbor in 1863 with the Marines landing at the fort only to be repulsed. (No Marines ever got close to Ft. Sumter in 1963.) He mentions naval officers discussing the building of battle-cruisers with 14' guns in the 1880s. (The idea of the battle-cruiser, let alone 14' guns was not realized until about 1910 or so.) Other factual errors are there. His fact checker must have been asleep or had no idea of the subject matter. Finally, at its end, the author has to tie up all the loose ends quickly with a trite, almost predictable ending. Too bad. Uris' final effort is not a good one.

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