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by Edward P. Stafford

  • ISBN: 1557509980
  • Category: Engineering
  • Author: Edward P. Stafford
  • Subcategory: Transportation
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; First Thus edition (April 18, 2002)
  • Pages: 616 pages
  • FB2 size: 1766 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
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Great book on a great aircraft carrier. There are a couple points about the book which the prospective reader should be aware of. Stafford's focus is primarily on the ship's squadrons, and less so on efforts of her crew.

Great book on a great aircraft carrier. The USS Enterprise was used in most if not all Pacific operations during WW2 and for a while was the only functioning . carrier in the Pacific after the sinking of the USS Hornet. The Japanese also claimed to have destroyed her three times but reappeared each time after the claims earning her the nickname the "Grey Ghost".

A lasting memorial to the USS Enterprise, this classic tale of the carrier that contributed more than any other single warship to. .Edward P. Stafford, now a retired . Navy commander, is the author of several books, including the best-selling The Big E and Little Ship, Big War.

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A lasting memorial to the USS Enterprise, this classic tale of the carrier that contributed more than any other .

The Halsey-Doolittle Raid; the Battles of Midway, Santa Cruz, Guadalcanal, the Philippine Sea, and Leyte Gulf; and the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa are all faithfully recorded from the viewpoint of the men who served her so well.

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A lasting memorial to the USS Enterprise, this classic tale of the carrier that contributed more than any other single warship to the naval victory in the Pacific has remained a favorite World War II story for more than twenty-five years. The Big E participated in nearly every major engagement of the war against Japan and earned a total of twenty battle stars. The Halsey-Doolittle Raid; the Battles of Midway, Santa Cruz, Guadalcanal, the Philippine Sea, and Leyte Gulf; and the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa are all faithfully recorded from the viewpoint of the men who served her so well. The author, a naval aviator, focuses on the exploits of the famous ship's air groups, capturing the reality of their encounters and provoking a range of emotions from readers.

This superb study of a great ship, her crew, and the action they saw has been called one of the finest pieces of naval writing to emerge from the war. What it is like inside the cockpit of a Dauntless dive bomber as it bores in on its target or the effort required to unstick the ship's huge rudder when damaged by a bomb are just two of the nuggets Edward Stafford mined from the mountain of research and lengthy interviews he conducted to write the book. Literate and scholarly as well as highly dramatic, the book will appeal to historians and the general public alike.


Reviews about The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise (Bluejacket Books) (7):
Marirne
I remember back in 1962 when I first checked out my school's edition of this book. It was one of the best non-fiction naval history books I had read to date which properly numbered over 40. It ranked up there with Lord's "A Night to Remember". My regret over the years has been that so many of those great naval history books were, for the most part, lacking in maps and photos. While I've only read about 1/5 of this edition, I know what elevates any book to be recognized as a superlative effort. This book, without any discussion, is part of that group. The photos will most likely add at the minimum,double the time you'd normally put aside,for this book. I'm a retired History teacher/department head so I've not only seen a wide range of qualities but have also seen the difference between a 1st edition text versus the same text 10-12 years later with added photos, maps and overlays.. Quality, extras and ease of reading were given parameters both at school and home. This is a "must have" for any naval/military history student. I'm absolutely sure that the late Cmdr. Stafford knew what the praise would be for this edition His superior effort has resulted in this absolutely fantastic book. Buy it without any reservation; you will not be disappointed.
SARAND
I bought this for my husband for a birthday present because he served on "The Big E" for 4 years in the 70's. He loved it, but after reading it he was a bit disappointed that it mostly contained info on the original Big E and didn't contain much on the newer "Big E" that he served on. But he said that it was a great read with many good stories of the experiences aboard the ship.
Gribandis
First published back in 1957, just as the pioneering aircraft carrier was sadly being broken up, this portrait of the ship and her crew (both sailing and flying) has now been reissued in a large-format and fully-illustrated version, including some period color photos. Stafford relates the whole story of CV-6 which took part in virtually every important battle of the 1941-45 Pacific War. The focus is on the men, and especially the pilots of the Dauntless, Devastator, Corsair, Wildcat and Hellcat fighter aircraft. It's hard to believe this carrier weighed in at only a fifth the weight of a modern nuclear carrier.

The original book (Random House) included some photos and a few maps, while the new one--publication of which was underwritten by Enterprise rent-a-car--adds hundred more and additional maps. Only one drawback: it's a heavy sucker sitting in your lap! But it's worth it and this is the edition to own, read, and enjoy.
Najinn
This volume on the USS Enterprise was written by Edward Stafford in 1962 and I am delirious the Naval Institute Press added illustrations to original book and re-released it. The prose is easy going and very readable, literally I could not put this down once I started reading it. The photographs add a touch of realism to the words and between the two, it is almost like you are there when that bomb hits the flight deck. This book belongs to that select set of incredible narratives from World War II, you must own this book!
Road.to sliver
This book is a work of the 1960's. The author did a very fine job with the reference material at hand. His first person interviews were extensive and well done. In the forward the author points out that the story of the Enterprise is a story of its aircrew. I don't necessaily agree with that comment. What you'll get with this book is an thoroughly detailed account of the Enterprises air ops during WWII. It's a story that has to be told and it's well done here. I enjoyed this book very much. However, I was more interested in researching Enterprise the ship herself and this book didn't satisfy that need. I found Steve Ewing's book on CV-6 after buying "The Big E". Ewing's book is exactly what I was looking. I'm very pleased that I have both of these books. They provide an excellent balanced account of all of Enterprise's histories. One issue I have with this book. The author errs when writing about the overall strategic situations that the Enterprise found herself in. Case in point: he writes that the Midway operation was a continuation of the overall Japanese plan to conquest the Pacific. This was never the case. Yamamoto never considered the occupation of Midway or the Aleutian Islands when he developed his war plan prior to the Pearl Harbour attack. He put together the Midway operation as a knee-jerk response to the Doolittle raid on the Japanese homeland in April of 1942. He felt obligated to apologize to Hirohito and promised that he would extend Japan's defensive perimeter to prevent such raids from happening again. Hence - Midway. One other unfortunate error made by the author... he gave credit for the breaking of the Japanese naval code to the commander of the military unit that was tasked with breaking the code. However, it was Captain Rochefort who actually led the men who broke the code and thankfully historians give him full credit for his miraculous work - not his commanding officer. Again this book was written over fifty years ago so quite possibly these facts were not as well known as they are today. I give the author the benefit of the doubt.
Tygralbine
Great book on a great aircraft carrier. The USS Enterprise was used in most if not all Pacific operations during WW2 and for a while was the only functioning U.S carrier in the Pacific after the sinking of the USS Hornet. The Japanese also claimed to have destroyed her three times but reappeared each time after the claims earning her the nickname the "Grey Ghost". There is a lot more to learn in the book and I recommend it to anyone who has a fascination with aircraft carriers or WW2.

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