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World War II: Carrier War


At dusk on December 8, 1941, the carrier Enterprise and her escort of cruisers and destroyers entered Pearl Harbor. Officers and men
lined the rails, watching in stunned silence. The twisted, smoldering superstructure of the Arizona was still aflame, and there was a stench
of charred wood and fuel oil in the air.
"Morale went to nothing just about then," said an officer on one of the escorting cruisers. "We were sick and shocked. We couldn't
believe that this had happened to us." Through the night, the crew of the Enterprise, under the command of Admiral William "Bull"
Halsey, took on fuel, provisions, and ammunition. Before dawn it was back at sea.
The Enterprise was just one of the carriers that won the war in the Pacific. Here is the extraordinary story of the men and ships that turned
the tide of the war.


A concise review of the carrier's decisive role in replacing the battleship as the deciding factor in naval warfare during the Pacific war.
Ultimately, the U.S. got and exploited the technological, industrial, and human edge that enabled it to reduce the most powerful navy in
the world in 1941 to an empty shell by 1945. By war's end, Japan had few carriers, fewer planes, and very few replacement pilots to fly
those planes. This outcome was by design, not by accident.
--Robert R. Rue

Mr. Sears has provided a comprehensive, easy-to-read account of the aircraft carrier and its use by both Japan and the United States in the
Pacific Ocean during World War II. His many personal accounts make the story an exciting history to read. While Mr. Sears mentions all of
the important (as well as less known) land battles, this book concentrates on the Navy version and specifically the sailors and pilots
assigned or attached to naval vessels.
I highly recommend this book.
--Douglas Fugate

This is a very well written book about the victories of the American Navy over Japan during the four + years following the surprise attack on
Pearl Harbor. The battles are clearly described and the losses of life on both sides are clear and painful.
--Dr. R. W. Butcher

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