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Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945

By
Evan Thomas

(432 pages, photos, maps)

Reviewer:  Terry Miller

Overall Rating: Four Stars: Highly recommended. An excellent book.

Evan Thomas is the Assistant Managing Editor at Newsweek Magazine but also finds time to write and write very well indeed. Sea of Thunder is a masterfully-told book about four men, two American and two Japanese, whose commands clashed during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. From the Native American ship captain, Ernest Evans to William Halsey and Imperial Japanese Navy admirals Ugaki and Kurita, Thomas shows his readers how these larger-than-life characters brought their assets to bear on each other in the greatest naval battle in history.

The story of the various battles at Leyte Gulf have been told from differing perspectives yet we never seem to tire of hearing them. In Sea of Thunder, however, we are shown not so much the facts of war but the faces of those whose will to win became the real test. It is a remarkable story remarkably told; Evan Thomas has proved repeatedly with his books that he is more than just a talented writer and in this volume he captures the essence of leadership and the foibles of human beings and places them both before the reader in a way that is at once informative and an enjoyable read. Every destroyerman will want to read and perhaps reread this book.

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