itissteeltime wrote:I'm not an avid reader, but I really only like non-fiction. I like intense stories. The two most recent books I read were 'A Captains Duty' about that American boat that was taken over by Somali Pirates, and 'Not Without Hope' about the 3 football players who go on a fishing boat and only 1 returns.
Those are the kinds of books im looking for. True stories that are intense. Any ideas?
You might like the WWII naval-history books by James D. Hornfischer. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
is about the Battle off Samar in WWII. It was a battle that pitted a handful of U.S. destroyers, destroyer escorts, and tiny escort carriers against a Japanese fleet that included 4 battleships (including the super-battleship Yamato
), 8 cruisers, and 11 destroyers. If the Japanese won, they would have had unimpeded access to attack the transports carrying the U.S. invasion force for the Philippines. Ship of Ghosts
is about the survivors of the U.S.S. Houston
, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese early in the war. The survivors were captured by the Japanese and many of them suffered brutal treatment in captivity, including being used as slave labor to build the Burma Railway (which included the (in)famous “bridge over the River Kwai”). Neptune’s Inferno
is about the brutal battles between the Japanese and U.S. fleets over the waters surrounding Guadalcanal, many of them night battles. So many ships on both sides were sunk in the battles that the waters north of Guadalcanal were quickly nicknamed “Ironbottom Sound.” Hornfischer is a great writer and has meticulously researched his topics. He doesn’t spare the details, and some of them aren’t pretty at all. It’s pretty hard to sink a warship, for example, and the level of damage you need to inflict also causes horrible casualties to the men on board. I found each of these books to be quite gripping.