Enterprise: America's Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II

Enterprise: America's Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II

by Barrett Tillman


$15.30 $17.00 Save 10% Current price is $15.3, Original price is $17. You Save 10%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Friday, June 28


Acclaimed military historian Barrett Tillman recounts the World War II exploits of America’s most decorated warship and its colorful crews— tales of unmatched daring and heroism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439190883
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,033,558
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Barrett Tillman is a widely recognized authority on air warfare in World War II and the author of more than forty nonfiction and fiction books on military topics. He has received six awards for history and literature, including the Admiral Arthur Radford Award. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Note on Distances and Aircraft Code Names xv

Prologue: Kearny, New Jersey, 1958 1

1 "I Have Done the State Some Service" (1938-41) 7

2 "Keep Cool, Keep Your Heads, and Fight" (December 1941-May 1942) 33

3 "Revenge, Sweet Revenge" (June 1942) 61

4 "We Didn't Know a Damned Thing" (August 1942) 88

5 "A Fighting Chance" (October 1942) 111

6 "The Most Exciting Part of Your Day" (November 1942-January 1943) 133

7 "A Long and Teedjus Journey" (February-December 1943) 148

8 "If Any of Them Lived, It Wasn't Our Fault" (January-June 1944) 169

9 "Vector Two-Seven-Zero" (June-July 1944) 183

10 "Only Human" (August-December 1944) 199

11 "Live with Great Enthusiasm" (January-May 1945) 223

12 "The Enterprise Has a Soul" (1945-58) 247

Appendix 1: American Aircraft 263

Appendix 2: Japanese Aircraft 265

Acknowledgments 267

Notes 271

Index 287

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Enterprise: America's Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
CHIEFAF More than 1 year ago
I just now finished reading Enterprise......and although I was but a young boy during the many battles the Big E fought - I had the privilege on 12 Oct 1945 of boarding CV 6 when she entered the locks at Pedro Miguel, Panama Canal Zone. We kids who lived there as our Dad's worked on the locks were able to get "close" as the ships were in the chambers. The sailor that took me aboard was JAMES M BACHINO.......i spent the next 7 hours as we crossed over to the Atlantic side and along with a number of other kids-- were thrilled to visit aboard...........James gave me a small metal ID bracelet with his name along with the silhouette of CV 6 inscribed on it and 58 years later in 2003.....I tried to locate James to no avail as he had passed two years prior. Thanks to the CV 6 Association, I was able to locate his wife Mary.........and I returned this bracelet of Jim's to his widow and of course Mary had no idea that this even existed. I was most proud to have found Mary Bachino - as I was so proud to have met James aboard the Enterprise on 12 Oct 1945. John Schmidt, CMSgt, USAF Retired
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Enterprise opened a few new doors in the storied history of the USS Enterprise (CV-6), it is a lightweight replication of Edward Staffords "The Big E." Perhaps because the ship's history has been told so well in the past, Tillman limits the scope of the ship's exploits to specific events. On the plus side his coverage of the ship's early, pre-war days is new and interesting.
Old_Wizard More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. It is written in a way that keeps one's interest throughout the book. It's almost like reading a novel, it gives a person lots of facts and figures while putting a face on the crew of the Big E.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Unkletom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Barrett Tillman¿s history of the USS Enterprise is an extensively researched chronicle of the life and ultimate demise of one of the most famous ships in history. It begins poignantly at the end as a New York shipyard begins to dismantle the ship that did more to defeat the forces of Japan than any other vessel in the U. S, Navy. In his prologue Tillman does an excellent job of summoning the ghosts of those who had walked these empty deck; those who had taken off from its flight deck and all too frequently not returned.Unfortunately, exhaustive research and a great beginning don¿t guarantee final success. I read this book hoping for a compelling narrative that allowed me to relive the events experienced by the sailors and airmen of the Enterprise while providing an overall understanding of where the ship fit in in the overall strategy of the war. What I actually read was more reminiscent of a commissioned history where those who participated buy a copy with the expectation their named listed within. It reminded me of a shoebox full of receipts waiting for a tax preparer to make sense of it.Tillman¿s résumé suggests that he is more comfortable writing about airplanes than ships. It shows in this book but as someone who isn¿t as familiar with air combat, I would have appreciated a brief description of the composition of the air groups that traveled with/on the Enterprise. I gather they are broken down into separate divisions consisting of fighters, bombers, torpedo bombers and scout planes but I never saw such a description. Had it been there it would have saved me a lot of confusion. In the end I felt that I had just read 250 pages of ¿On-x-date-Lieut.-So&So-flamed-downed-dunked-splashed-or-otherwise-shotdown-x-number-of-Zekes-Betties-Tojos-or-Claudes-and-on-the-next-day-he-did-it-again.¿ What I found most irritating, though, was the poor editing that made parts of the narrative incomprehensible. In ¿An Avenger crew and two Helldivers fell to Takao Harbor¿s thick flack, plus a Hellcat, but the survivors were scooped up by a submarine¿ it almost sounds like three planes were downed by flack and another American plane. It mentions survivors but doesn¿t say how many. Did they all survive? I couldn¿t tell.In the book Tillman mentions Butch O¿Hare, one of the most famous aces of the war. Sadly, few people today know of this heroic airman even though every year millions of us pass through an airport bearing his name. I would think that Tillman would have mentioned that O'Hare International Airport is named after him, but he didn¿t. Perhaps the most glaring omission concerns the role, or lack thereof, of the Enterprise in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. When the Japanese sent its remaining carriers, with their few remaining planes, north as a decoy, Admiral Halsey fell for the bait and took his fast carriers off in pursuit pulling the Enterprise out of the battle and leaving the small force of Taffy 3 to face the might of the Japanese Imperial fleet alone. I understand that these events are embarrassing but if a history book is to be taken seriously, the author can¿t gloss over such events. Where the book almost succeeds is in Tillman¿s descriptions of the events where the Enterprise is under attack and the crew comes together in heroic style to save her. This is where I could see and understand the immense sacrifices of the common sailors who raced into burning compartments to save their shipmates. In the end, it is the actions of the crew and airmen of the Enterprise, and not the author, who have earned the tree stars I¿m giving it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CardinalII More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read! Only thing I could have wished for is more pictures! Otherwise, a great book with a lot of detail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, esp. with the pictures in the middle of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I was saying the second world war is the most instesing war yet. My favorite battle that the Enterprise was in was the Battle of Midway. And you cannot forget the Battle of Goudacanal. I think it was sad the the Enterprise was sold for scrap. I'm a young kid. And if your asking yourself how I know all this stuff, read my first comment or post: "You must read". If not reread the book Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont like the book