4 out of 4 stars
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USS TUNNY: A History, Tribute and Memoir is a military journal of the USS Tunny, a United States Navy Gato-class diesel submarine. This book offers the most descriptive and comprehensive details of the old but legendary piece of warfare machinery known as Tunny.
Raymond Vance Olszewski extensively gave historical details of the ship, its military attributes, and the honors it received. The author also identified more than 1,500 known officers that served on the ship during its active military service. Additional biographical information about the Tunny's servicemen was also extensively written out.
This book boasts of myriads of information on a United States Navy vessel. I found the biographical information of the thousands of officers who served on the ship a bit in excess; it made the book bulky. Besides being bulky, l do not find the storytelling as thrilling as I anticipated. The excitement that made me take this book wasn't to be after I had gone some distance into the book. But I'm sure that military personnel associated with marine warfare will find the book's concept exciting — I won't say the same for the storytelling.
To the author's credit, I benefited from the historical accuracy of the state of marine warfare and the significant roles of submarines, especially during WWII and the Cold War. I could also appreciate what it was like living as a submariner. This book would make a fine reference book or a dossier of helpful information for research purposes.
The writer's use and choice of words were basic and very communicative. I had no issues understanding the writer's military terms or points throughout the book. Also, the author avoided the cliché trap; he uniquely narrated the story. Each point or story was extensively detailed. The theme of this book was solid and central and went in perfect accordance with the title. Generally, the whole book structure was cohesive as it revolved around the submarine.
Another feature of this book was the lavish display of references, which, although tiring, was commendable. The sources to the references were adequately cited, and links to online resources were well presented. Also, the inclusion of many relevant pictures, coupled with songs in this book, bolstered the book's appeal.
The editing is commendable, considering the book's voluminous nature. Though I have a few minor concerns, I still rate USS TUNNY: A History, Tribute and Memoir 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to readers associated or fascinated with military warfare, especially the Navy.
USS TUNNY: A History, Tribute and Memoir
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