Neptune's Inferno by James D. Hornfischer
The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

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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 Working from new interviews with survivors, unpublished eyewitness accounts, and newly available documents, Hornfischer paints a vivid picture of the officers and enlisted men who opposed the Japanese in America’s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.

 

About James D. Hornfischer

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James D. Hornfischer is a writer, literary agent, and former book editor. He is the author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, both widely acclaimed accounts of the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific.
 
Published January 25, 2011 by Bantam. 516 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction
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However, the U.S. Navy shocked the Japanese with its own night attacks and the use of SG radar to sink Japanese battleships and surface craft of all kind, ultimately leading to the loss of nearly 40 Japanese ships and the death of more than half of all Japanese aviators who had participated in th...

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(It also involved two divisions of the U.S. Army and air forces from Australia and New Zealand.) Guadalcanal was in fact a gigantic naval campaign, involving not just the land battles for control of the island but seven major naval actions and numerous raids, skirmishes, bombardments and landings...

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The Guadalcanal campaignwas the first Allied offensive of the Pacific War, following closely on the U.S. naval victory at Midway in June 1942.

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Japanese ship losses included an aircraft carrier, two battleships, several cruisers and six submarines.

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The Roanoke Times

There were ship-to-ship battles at sea, but the war was won by sailors providing effective resupply to the Marines who fought the land battles against Japanese soldiers who did not have the advantage of being provided with food and ammunition.

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The Marines generally own the narrative about the Guadalcanal Campaign, but as we learn the story of combat at sea, and in the air, around the islands of Guadalcanal and Savo Island from August to October of 1942, we come to find out that the Navy lost nearly 4,000 dead, three times the number of...

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