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Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bantam Dell Pub Group
Publication date March 6, 2012
Pages 516
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780553385120
ISBN-10 0553385127
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.40 lbs.
Original list price $20.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "A masterpiece of 20th-century naval history." --Bob Shacochis, National Book Award-winning author of The Immaculate Invasion

"The star of this year's reading list is James D. Hornfischer, a military historian whose flair for narrative is rivaled only by his ability to organize the sweep of battle and assess strategy and tactics in layman's terms." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Battle of Guadalcanal has long been heralded as a Marine victory. Now, with his powerful portrait of the Navy's sacrifice, James D. Hornfischer tells for the first time the full story of the men who fought in destroyers, cruisers, and battleships in the narrow, deadly waters of "Ironbottom Sound." Here, in stunning cinematic detail, are the seven major naval actions that began in August 1942, a time when the war seemed unwinnable and America fought on a shoestring, with the outcome always in doubt. Working from new interviews with survivors, unpublished eyewitness accounts, and newly available documents, Hornfischer paints a vivid picture of the officers and enlisted men who opposed the Japanese in America's hour of need. The first major work on this subject in almost two decades, Neptune's Inferno does what all great battle narratives do: It tells the gripping human stories behind the momentous events and critical decisions that altered the course of history and shaped so many lives.

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Hardcover
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from Bantam Dell Pub Group (January 25, 2011)
9780553806700 | details & prices | 516 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.75 in. | 2.05 lbs | List price $30.00
About: “A literary tour de force that is destined to become one of the .
Paperback
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from Bantam Dell Pub Group (March 6, 2012)
9780553385120 | details & prices | 516 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $20.00
About: "A masterpiece of 20th-century naval history.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Robertson Dean (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (January 25, 2011)
9780307881397 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.00 × 1.75 in. | 0.92 lbs | List price $45.00
About: With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D.

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