This Essential category, Operate Forward book is the most epic and intimate account ever written of the contest for control of the seaways of the Solomon Islands. Those who enjoyed The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, on the previous edition of the CNO Professional Reading Program, will find Neptune’s Inferno equally impressive. Neptune’s Inferno details the grim, protracted campaign for Guadalcanal that has long been heralded as a Marine victory. Now, with his powerful portrait of the Navy’s sacrifice – three sailors died at sea for every man lost ashore – Hornfischer tells for the first time the full story of the Navy men who fought in the deadly waters of “Ironbottom Sound.” In addition to the rich Navy history and heritage that is contained in this book, there are many insightful lessons on leadership and the high cost of tactical failures in combat. This gripping book offers valuable lessons for Sailors and Officers of all pay grades.
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