Ship of ghosts : the story of the USS Houston, FDR's legendary lost cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors / James D. Hornfischer.

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    • Content Notes:
      On Asia Station -- A bloodstained sea -- The emperor's guests -- In the jungle of the Kwai -- Rendezvous with freedom -- Men of the USS Houston (CA-30) and the lost battalion killed in action or died in captivity, 1942-1945.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (p. [437]-458) and index.
    • ISBN:
      0553803905
      9780553803907
    • Accession Number:
      2006047530
    • Accession Number:
      ocm69680190
      69680190
    • Accession Number:
      fay.217343
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HORNFISCHER, J. D. Ship of ghosts : the story of the USS Houston, FDR’s legendary lost cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors. [s. l.]: Bantam Books, 2006. ISBN 0553803905. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.217343. Acesso em: 19 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Hornfischer JD. Ship of Ghosts : The Story of the USS Houston, FDR’s Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors. Bantam Books; 2006. Accessed September 19, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.217343
    • APA:
      Hornfischer, J. D. (2006). Ship of ghosts : the story of the USS Houston, FDR’s legendary lost cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors. Bantam Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Hornfischer, James D. 2006. Ship of Ghosts : The Story of the USS Houston, FDR’s Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors. Bantam Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.217343.
    • Harvard:
      Hornfischer, J. D. (2006) Ship of ghosts : the story of the USS Houston, FDR’s legendary lost cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors. Bantam Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.217343 (Accessed: 19 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hornfischer, JD 2006, Ship of ghosts : the story of the USS Houston, FDR’s legendary lost cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors, Bantam Books, viewed 19 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Hornfischer, James D. Ship of Ghosts : The Story of the USS Houston, FDR’s Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors. Bantam Books, 2006. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.217343.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hornfischer, James D. Ship of Ghosts : The Story of the USS Houston, FDR’s Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors. Bantam Books, 2006. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.217343.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Hornfischer JD. Ship of ghosts : the story of the USS Houston, FDR’s legendary lost cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors [Internet]. Bantam Books; 2006 [cited 2020 Sep 19]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.217343

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2006 November #1

/*Starred Review*/ The author of Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors (2004) gives us another excellent volume of World War II naval history. His subject is now the heavy cruiser Houston--before the war, FDR's favorite ship for a Caribbean cruise and, in 1941, flagship of the Asiatic Fleet. Her crew was prewar navy almost to a man, as well as being part of the peculiar subculture of the Asiatic Fleet. When war came, the surface vessels of the fleet sailed south to join in the defense of the Dutch East Indies, which has been described as "a magnificent display of very bad strategy." Houston fought long and well, taking major damage in a Japanese air attack and fighting in the Battle of the Java Sea. She and HMS Perth encountered the Japanese invasion of Java, and both went down fighting. Most of Houston's crew went down with her or died as Japanese POWs. Drawing on the survivors' accounts and extensive published resources, Hornfischer has painted a compelling picture of one of the most gallant ships and one of the grimmest campaigns in American naval history. He has a positive genius for depicting the surface-warfare sailor in a tight spot. May he write long and give them more memorials. ((Reviewed November 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2006 October #2

The heavy cruiser USS Houston , FDR's favorite warship, was stationed south of Manila during the attack on Pearl Harbor. After December 7, it rendezvoused with other American, Australian, British, and Dutch ships to form a fleet in the Dutch East Indies. While assaulting a Japanese convoy, it was sunk in a heated battle at Sunda Strait. Many of the crew were killed, but others survived only to be imprisoned in Japanese camps. Hornfischer (The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors ) focuses primarily on life in the various prison and labor camps to which the Houston 's men were sent, from shipyards in Japan to the camp whose inmates built the infamous Burma-Thailand railway (dramatized in The Bridge on the River Kwai ). Many in these camps died from a combination of disease, malnourishment, torture, and abuse, if not outright murder. Others survived, and still others escaped with the help of agents from the newly formed OSS, predecessor to the CIA. This colorful book does a fine job of telling these tales, but brevity is not one of Hornfischer's strengths; the lengthy narrative at times bogs down in detail. A strong and interesting book that better editing would have made stronger; for public libraries.â€"Matthew J. Wayman, Pennsylvania State Univ., Abington Coll. Lib.

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PW Reviews 2006 August #4

This engrossing WWII epic by Hornfischer (TheLast Stand of the Tin Can Sailors ) recounts the exploits of the Houston , mainstay of the skimpy Allied fleet opposing the Japanese onslaught in the war's early days, until her sinking in a desperate battle with overwhelming Japanese forces in the Java Sea in 1942. This part of the story features a superb evocation of naval combat as the harnessing of immense destructive forces booming eight-inch guns, plunging bombs, stealthy torpedoes by the crew's frenzied yet meticulous choreography. The narrative then shifts gears to follow the Houston' s several hundred survivors through Japanese POW camps in Southeast Asia, focusing on the labor camps on the Burma-Thailand railway (glamorized in the movie Bridge on the River Kwai ). Shorn of their weapons and confronting starvation, disease and the brutality of Japanese guards, the prisoners cultivated a different kind of heroism, where survival hung on the ability to absorb hardship and humiliation without complaint, and the pilfering of an egg or a can of condensed milk for the dying was the ultimate act of courage. The result is a gripping, well-told memorial to Greatest Generation martyrdom. Photos. (Nov. 7)

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