Ship of Ghosts (2006) is the story of the USS Houston (CA-30), which entered the annals of our most compelling naval mysteries when she was lost off Java early in World War II. The final radio message from her captain gave no hint of the odds his crew had faced—and told nothing of the ordeal the ship’s survivors would confront as slaves on the notorious Burma-Thailand Death Railway, the inspiration for the film The Bridge on the River Kwai. A New York Times bestseller and a Main Selection of the History Book Club and the Military Book Club, Ship of Ghosts was a 2007 winner of the U.S. Maritime Book Award.

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors (2004) is the first book to bring to life the legendary Battle off Samar, considered the greatest upset victory in the U.S. Navy’s history. A New York Times bestseller and a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Military Book Club, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors was a charter selection of the Navy Professional Reading Program and received the 2004 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature. It was chosen as one of “a dozen Navy classics” by the U.S. Naval Institute’s Naval History magazine (December 2008) and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five best books on men at war (April 24, 2010).

Neptune’s Inferno (2011) is a full narrative account of the epic naval campaign for the seas around Guadalcanal in the South Pacific in late 1942. America’s first concerted offensive of World War II, the six-month contest for control of those vital seaways involved seven major naval battles in which the U.S. proved it had the implacable will to match the Imperial Japanese war machine blow for violent blow. Written from new interviews with survivors, unpublished eyewitness accounts, and newly available documents, it is the first major work on this essential subject in almost two decades. It was a New York Times bestseller and a selection of the Navy’s Professional Reading Program.

The Fleet at Flood Tide (forthcoming October 25, 2016) is an unprecedented account of the extraordinary World War II air, land, and sea campaign that brought the U.S. Navy to the apex of its strength and marked the rise of the United States as a global superpower. 

     Drawing on new primary sources and personal accounts by Americans and Japanese alike, Hornfischer tells the story of the invasion of the Mariana Island and the momentous events it produced. Casting this clash of nations and cultures with cinematic scope and penetrating insight, he focuses closely on people who rose to challenging events. Here is Raymond Spruance, the brilliant, coolly calculating commander of the Fifth Fleet; Kelly Turner, whose amphibious forces delivered Marine General "Howlin' Mad" Smith's troops to the beaches of Saipan and Tinian; Draper Kauffman, founder of the Navy unit that predated today's SEALs; Paul Tibbets, the creator of history's first atomic striking force, who flew the Enola Gay to Hiroshima; and Japanese warriors and civilians who saw the specter of defeat as the ultimate test of the spirit.

     From the seas of the Central Pacific to the shores of Japan itself, The Fleet at Flood Tide is a stirring and deeply humane account of World War II's world-changing finale.

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