WORLD WAR II DATABASE
"I was immediately impressed by Springer's writing style, which was straight-forward but was done without sacrificing detail. He professed that his interest in the history of USS Franklin had been nearly life-long, and it showed. The book delivered in clear detail everything encompassing the ship's history, configuration throughout the war, and the environments she had been in. Springer also succeeded in providing just enough information about the Pacific War so to shine light on why Franklin engaged in actions that she did...a history told with harrowing and gripping detail."
“Joseph Springer brings to life one of the most exciting stories of World War II as seen and told from the perspective of officers and Sailors who served on board the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin. The author has crafted a well-researched and easy-to-read oral history that not only pays tribute to the men who sailed in the Franklin but to the legacy of naval service and its values of honor, courage, and commitment…This book is a fitting tribute to the crew members of the Franklin and all the Sailors who fought during World War II.”
"Joseph Springer brings to life one of the most exciting stories of World War II as seen and told from the perspective of the officers and sailors who served on board the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Franklin."
WARSHIPS INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW
"At the core of this gripping account are eyewitness recollections of sailors, fighting to ensure their own survival or that of the ship. It is a warts-and-all portrayal of an epic fight to save a ship, not sparing those it deems incompetent or unduly disciplinarian."
NAVAL INSTITUTE PROCEEDINGS
"A fitting tribute to a crew who late in World War II took seriously the admonition immortalized more than a century before: 'Don't Give Up the Ship.' An excellent weaving of oral histories with factual research, this riveting account of tragedy and courage under horrific circumstances."
THE NYMAS REVIEW
"[In Inferno] we have a very different story, an epic of human courage and endurance, as the crew and those of other vessels, work desperately to save the ship, a task at which was ultimately successful, so that the ship survived to make home. The author has skillfully blended some very fine historical research and writing with numerous first-hand accounts by surviving crewmen to tell the story of the war at sea."