Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

by James D. Hornfischer

Book cover for Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

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 Working from new interviews with survivors, unpublished eyewitness accounts, and newly available documents, Hornfischer paints a vivid picture of the officers and enlisted men who opposed the Japanese in America’s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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  • On May 26 2022 Dan P read this book
  • On Oct 21 2013 Tom Copeland (USCG) read this book and commented:

    I've read quite a few books that described surface actions, and with most of them I really haven't been able to get a good picture of what happened. But the diagrams and explanations in this book were clear and straightforward and laid out the scenarios so that I could follow them. Contains a good defense - or at least backstory - on the Navy's actions and contributions at Guadalcanal.

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