Black Shoe Carrier Admiral

Frank Jack Fletcher at Coral Sea, Midway, and Guadalcanal
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Published:February 15, 2013
By Lundstrom John B. (Author)

This is the first paperback edition of the revisionist work about Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, who won his battles at sea but lost the war of public opinion. A surface warrior, Fletcher led the carrier forces in the Pacific that won against all odds at Coral Sea, Midway, and the Eastern Solomon’s. Despite these successes, during the post-war Fletcher had become one of the most controversial figures in U.S. naval history and was portrayed as a timid bungler who failed to relieve Wake Island and who deliberately abandoned the Marines at Guadalcanal.

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  • Subject: World War II
  • Paperback : 672 pages
  • Illustrations: 27 b/w photos; 38 maps
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (February 15, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1591144191
  • ISBN-13: 9781591144199
  • Product Dimensions: 7 X 10 in
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  • “It is very difficult to turn around a half century of conventional wisdom, but John Lundstrom has done it. In a careful but readable way, he has proved that Adm. Jack Fletcher deserves to be remembered as a hero and not a goat.” --Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder

John B. Lundstrom is the author of several books on the Pacific War, including The First Team and The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign. He is the recipient of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, the Hook Contributor’s Award and the Admiral Arthur W. Radford Award by the National Aviation Museum. He is a resident of Milwaukee, WI.

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