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  • I have finished your book and thoroughly enjoyed it. You included lots of detail and good maps (I like maps), it obviously required [an] extensive [amount] of research. How was so much of the Japanese side of the battles available? RAdm. Sprague's escape from Kurita's forces was very exciting. Just this past month there were documentaries on TV about the Leyte Gulf battle and also the old movie on the battle of Midway, their relationship to each other, after reading your book, made them more interesting than usual. I'm looking forward to your next book, get cracking!!” -- George M. - Agua Dulce, CA - USA
  • “I just bought my dad your book for Christmas and will be giving it to him on the 25th. Before I wrapped it I started to read a little and could not put it down. You really captured the whole story and facts of the battle. I was glad that you included information on the destroyers. That seems to be left out [in] other books. I know my dad will really love this book . . . Thanks for your time and writing such a great book on Leyte Gulf. I can't wait to give it to my dad.” -- Peter M. - Torrington, CT - USA
  • “Wonderful narrative of one of the pivotal sea battles of WWII. My regret is that the modern generation apparantly has no sense of our history therefore the book will not get read by those who would most benefit from it. The heroism and dedication displayed by the participants in this great battle is the bedrock upon which this nation was built. Brilliantly told story, a MUST read!” -- Ken B. - Florence, OR - USA
  • “The pace of this book exceeds a Tom Clancy novel. So much happens in just one day that author has a real chore to get all the information to the reader. Kenneth Friedman does this with excellence. Every American with a sense of history and what this country is all about should read this book. Men named Ern[e]st Evans, Copeland, and . . . Sprague will be remember[ed] for their uncommon valor. Another, Oldendorf has his high place in US Naval history, no matter how forgotten he may be today. The battle itself involved sound judgment, unsound judgment, and some plain good luck. Rain squalls sure helped. American ingenutiy was a factor. The concept of converting an old transport into an escort carrier perhaps saved the day. It was almost the first team regular Navy under Halsey/Nimitz operating with the mav[e]rick second team Navy operated under Kinkaid/MacArthur. Herein lies the depth of the Friedman account. A huge organization like the US Navy has a tendency to overdue management. A small autonomous organization has much better control and the ability to quickly innovate. Destroyer tactics where never better than that which the K/M produced. The use of planes against capitol ships was likewise both bold and effective. We owe much to the sailors and pilots who fought the battle of Leyte Gulf and Friedman's book is an appropriate memorial and a very good read.” Joseph C. -- Kitty Hawk, NC - USA
  • “Ken's take on Leyte Gulf, and the many actions that comprised the total battle, is engrossing and informative. Seen from the eyes of a student of the war, his narrative keeps the reader right in the center of the action. A battle of such grand scale is difficult to convey, but he does a wonderful job, and I found it to be a very good read.” John S. - Kalamazoo, MI - USA

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