A kaleidoscopic series of short-take narratives that, collectively, document the hell-and-high-water lot of American sailors during WW II. Drawing on personal journals, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, and archival sources, the ever-prolific Hoyt (Warlord, p. 201, etc., etc.)tracks Navy personnel in battle against the Axis from offshore North Africa to the far reaches of the western Pacific. Without scanting the experience of those who participated in major fleet campaigns (Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, Midway, Normandy, etc.), the author makes room for a host of unsung heroes and all-but-forgotten units—ranging from the demolition teams who cleared beaches for amphibious assaults through construction battalions, air crews that flew antisubmarine patrols, minesweepers, training commands, and escort carriers that performed as well if not better in action than their larger, more glamorous flat-top counterparts. While Hoyt includes a generous ration of officers' tales, he focuses on the enlisted ranks—deckhands, the black gangs who manned engine rooms, gunners, and others who all too often were on their last voyages. In a lighter vein, the author dredges up the stranger-than-fiction story of a silent-service pharmacist's mate who performed an emergency appendectomy deep beneath Japanese waters. An engrossing example of military history with a human face. (Twenty photographs)

Pub Date: May 31, 1993

ISBN: 1-55778-483-3

Page Count: 288

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1993

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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