The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

by James D. Hornfischer

National Bestseller

In the tradition of #1 New York Times bestselling Flags of Our Fathers, James D. Hornfischer's inspiring chronical portrays a naval battle unlike any other in U.S. history. Facing overwhelming firepower, with no prospect of reinforcement, 13 American warships began a fight they couldn't win.

Told from the point of view of the men there, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons, a veteran commander improvising tactics, and young crews rising to an impossible challenge. The readers follow an iron-willed, self-made executive officer who leads his men through a sea of carnage over two hellish days and nights, clinging to survival amid oil, blood, sharks, and madness. Despite an overmatched U.S. force enduring the loss of five gallant ships and nearly a thousand brave men, they turned a certain crushing defeat into a momentous victory that would lead to the final surrender of America's ruthless imperial foe.

Published in History