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The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise

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A lasting memorial to the USS Enterprise, this classic tale of the carrier that contributed more than any other single warship to the naval victory in the Pacific has remained a favorite World War II story for more than twenty-five years. The Big E participated in nearly every major engagement of the war against Japan and earned a total of twenty battle stars. The Halsey-Doolittle Raid; the Battles of Midway, Santa Cruz, Guadalcanal, the Philippine Sea, and Leyte Gulf; and the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa ...
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A lasting memorial to the USS Enterprise, this classic tale of the carrier that contributed more than any other single warship to the naval victory in the Pacific has remained a favorite World War II story for more than twenty-five years. The Big E participated in nearly every major engagement of the war against Japan and earned a total of twenty battle stars. The Halsey-Doolittle Raid; the Battles of Midway, Santa Cruz, Guadalcanal, the Philippine Sea, and Leyte Gulf; and the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa are all faithfully recorded from the viewpoint of the men who served her so well. The author, a naval aviator, focuses on the exploits of the famous ship's air groups, capturing the reality of their encounters and provoking a range of emotions from readers.

This superb study of a great ship, her crew, and the action they saw has been called one of the finest pieces of naval writing to emerge from the war. What it is like inside the cockpit of a Dauntless dive bomber as it bores in on its target or the effort required to unstick the ship's huge rudder when damaged by a bomb are just two of the nuggets Edward Stafford mined from the mountain of research and lengthy interviews he conducted to write the book. Literate and scholarly as well as highly dramatic, the book will appeal to historians and the general public alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557509987
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2002
  • Series: Bluejacket Books
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 266,928
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    This book is easily one of the finest single-unit histories ever

    This book is easily one of the finest single-unit histories ever written and a damn fine book otherwise. If you like to read about World War II, read this book.

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    Posted March 26, 2013

    A must for any WW2 that wants to get an overall view of the Pacific war.

    A very good over view of the war in the Pacific Ocean. Not much detal but as a book that covers all major battles this book covers these in limited detail, but then to cover this in detail this would take many volumes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    Outstanding well written history of the legendary USS Enterprise

    This book follows the history of the USS Enterprise and her air groups from Pearl Harbor till the last desparate months of the Pacific War. Enterprise was involved in almost every major sea battle in the Pacific and at one point was the only Carrier that held the line against the Japanese in the Pacific. The author tells the story of the Enterprise through anecdotes from her crew and the men who flew and commanded her airgroups giving a very personalized and intimate feel of what it was like serving in the luckiest, greatest warship of WWII. This is a great account of one of the most important warships in history.

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  • Posted December 15, 2014

    If you only read one book about the Pacific War, make sure its t

    If you only read one book about the Pacific War, make sure its this one.

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