Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's by James D. Hornfischer

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At once the muzzle blast, just ten feet from the plane, tore the canvas skin right off the plane. As Lt. Harold S. Hamlin recalled, “the pilot found himself sitting on a picked chicken—the blast had removed every stitch of fabric from the plane. ” The Houston belched so much smoke from her after stack that the antiaircraft crews lost use of the aft rangefinder, bathed in black soot. So they aimed by eye. Good as the crews on her eight open-mount five-inch guns were, they were shocked to find that their ammunition was of little use.

Put Stephen Ambrose aboard the cruiser… Next bring along Patrick O’Brien for nautical detail and high-seas drama. ” —Publishers Weekly “Ship of Ghosts would be an unforgettable book if only for its brilliantly wrought account of the massive, chaotic sea battle that destroyed the USS Houston. ” —Stephen Harrigan, author of Challenger Park and The Gates of the Alamo “On sea and on land, these intrepid sailors endured enough for a thousand lifetimes. ” —Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers “Hornfischer has produced another meticulously researched naval history page-turner in Ship of Ghosts.

In a movement to the South, where such supplies are, they will inevitably be opposed by the combined power of the United States, the British Empire, and the Netherlands East Indies. ” Two weeks later he noted that “the Jap situation is sizzling this week end, with the fall of the cabinet, and with the torpedoing of our destroyer Kearny on the east coast. I suppose it means real trouble…. ” For a short time still, the Philippine capital would be a sanctuary from the kind of chaos that was overtaking Shanghai.

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