Last Nine Days of the Bismarck

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The true story of Hitler's mightiest battleship, how it was hunted, fought, and destroyed in the crucial battle for the Atlantic. In 1941, the Bismarck, the fastest battleship afloat, broke out into the Atlantic, its mission to cut the lifeline of British shipping and win the war for Germany. How the Royal Navy met this threat, its desperate attempt to bring the Bismarck to bay in six desperate days of Atlantic storm is the story C.S.Forester tells with mounting excitement and suspense. "Tension and high ...
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The true story of Hitler's mightiest battleship, how it was hunted, fought, and destroyed in the crucial battle for the Atlantic. In 1941, the Bismarck, the fastest battleship afloat, broke out into the Atlantic, its mission to cut the lifeline of British shipping and win the war for Germany. How the Royal Navy met this threat, its desperate attempt to bring the Bismarck to bay in six desperate days of Atlantic storm is the story C.S.Forester tells with mounting excitement and suspense. "Tension and high excitement!…In this book C.S.Forester has compressed the taut drama of one of the great sea campaigns of history." NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE. This story is the basis of the movie 'Sink the Bismarck'.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891906063
  • Publisher: Amereon, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/1920
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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C. S. Forester
One of the most popular adventure novelists ever, C.S. Forester delighted readers with his Horatio Hornblower series of nautical historical novels, which follow the career of a brave captain in the Napoleonic wars. Forester also created a great love story in The African Queen, the basis for the John Huston film of the same name.

Biography

C. S. Forester (1899 - 1966) wrote several novels with military and naval themes, including The African Queen, The Barbary Pirates, The General, The Good Shepherd, The Gun, The Last Nine Days of the "Bismarck" and Rifleman Dodd. But Forester is best known as the creator of Horatio Hornblower, a British naval genius of the Napoleonic era, whose exploits and adventures on the high seas Forester chronicled in a series of eleven acclaimed historical novels. Over the years, Hornblower has proved to be one of the most beloved and enduring fictional heroes in English literature, his popularity rivaled only by Sherlock Holmes.

Born Cecil Louis Troughton Smith in Cairo, Egypt, Forester grew up in London. At the start of World War II, he traveled on behalf of the British government to America, where he produced propaganda encouraging the United States to remain on Britain's side. After the War, Forester remained in America and made Berkeley, California, his home.

The character of Horatio Hornblower was born after Forester was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film. While the script was being drafted, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, based on the same historical incidents about which Forester was writing. Rather than seek another movie project, and to avoid an impending paternity suit, Forester jumped aboard a freighter bound for England. By the end of the voyage he had outlined Beat to the Quarters, which introduced the now legendary character Hornblower, Bush, and Lady Barbara.

Forester died in 1966 while working on Hornblower During the Crisis.

Author biography courtesy of Time Warner.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 27, 1899
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cairo, Egypt
    1. Date of Death:
      April 2, 1966
    2. Place of Death:
      Berkeley, California

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    Neither history nor historical fiction, this account of the hunt

    Neither history nor historical fiction, this account of the hunt for and sinking of the Bismarck might be called fictionalized history. It's a decent telling of the events of the Bismarck's brief voyage, but consists mostly of invented dialog spoken by characters who didn't exist and descriptions of scenes that the author could only guess at because he did little research. There's no background about the German and British navies, World War II naval tactics are ignored, the Bismarck herself is not described, her design and capabilities are not discussed, her potential impact on the course of the war is hardly mentioned, and the strategy of her mission is left to the reader's imagination. We have no idea who is directing the operation on the British side--the author neglects to name the naval officers in charge, referring to them only as "the Admiral" and "the Rear Admiral," and does not bother developing them as characters. He doesn't even mention the date that all these events were taking place. Forester was a good prose stylist, but this book must have been written in haste, probably to fulfill a commission with a tight deadline, or perhaps to serve as the basis for the movie script.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    I would recomend the book to people who like to learn about who

    I would recomend the book to people who like to learn about who was on the ship, not about the ship.

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