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Sterling Point Books®: The Sinking of the Bismarck: The Deadly Hunt [Paperback]

William L. Shirer


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Aug. 28 2006 Sterling Point Books®
The Bismark was the greatest warship ever built, with guns so powerful and accurate it could destroy an enemy ship while safely staying outside the line of fire. But the Allies had to sink it…or risk losing the war. William Shirer, famed World War II correspondent and author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, captures every suspenseful moment of the perilous mission. Most tragic of all was the loss of the HMS Hood, the British Navy’s star battleship, sunk by the Bismark in just minutes. However, a mixture of luck and new technology—including radar—turned the tide in the Allies’ favor.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely written and a quick read Sept. 5 2007
By LHN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Shirer is a very good writer and keeps things moving and interesting, giving enough facts and information to understand who is who and what is going on (and where, which many books do not make clear). That said, it is a 'light' read. It took me only 3 or so hours to read it and I felt at the end that it had only touched the surface of the whole story. I would have liked more info on the major players, especially at British and German HQs. This book could have been expanded by half and it would have only made it better. I still highly recommend it.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, thrilling story and based on historical data. May 31 2007
By Juan P. Gonzalez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The author of this book takes you thru all the details of the short-living Bismarck, the Hood and others.

Before reading this book, I've never read any wargames books, nothing related to naval battles... but it's amazing how, literally, the complete british navy was behind the Bismarck and with determination to sink it under any circunstances...

Great book, a must read!

By the way, everything is based on historical data, it's not science fiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent introduction to military history May 21 2009
By Sunnyvale Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For the right age group, this book is wonderful. It explains not only what happened on the maiden voyage of the Bismarck, but some of the "why" as well. Why it was so important to the British that the Bismarck not reach the open Atlantic, why this ship meant so much to the German naval, and why so much of happens in war is the results of mistakes: time after time, the high command of both the British and German navies made mistakes, and med died for those mistakes.

If you want to teach the subject of not only WWII but the concept of war, this book is a great starting point.

I found the level of detail in the story perfect the age group it was meant for; they could absorb and reflect on the hunt and the final battle without being overwhelmed.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of one of the most important naval battles of WWII March 4 2008
By ironman96 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The author is one of the top historians of WWII. In this short, concise book, he tells the story of the sinking of the Bismarck, the Germans' newest battleship. At that time, the Bismarck was the most powerful warship ever built. The British knew that they had to defeat it or risk the loss of their Atlantic convoys. This book is only 168 easy pages and is a quick read. If you are fascinated by military history--you'll love this one and it is a must read.
5.0 out of 5 stars My Son Loved It June 30 2014
By Andrew Prestage - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this book for my 14-year-old son, and he loved it. He's always loved stories associated with the Titanic, and has acquired a tremendous amount of Titanic knowledge. Although it was a VERY easy read for him, the story of the Bismarck has now broadened his horizons a little, and he enjoyed it immensely.

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