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A Novel
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591144762
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Era: WWII
  • Number of Pages: 464
  • Subject: Fiction
  • Date Available: March 2008
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The crew of an old U.S. Navy destroyer steaming toward a deadly battle in the Java Sea is the focus of this famous novel set at the outbreak of World War II as the Allies attempted to defend the Philippines and Dutch East Indies against superior Japanese forces. Thrust into conflict against the highly trained modern navy, the American sailors often had only their own courage with which to meet the enemy, and Admiral Mack's memorable description of those men as they faced overwhelming odds has assured the book's popularity since it first appeared in hardcover in 1987.

Vice Adm. William P. Mack, the author of numerous books, served as a gunnery officer aboard the destroyer USS John D. Ford in the Java campaign. In 1971 he became commander of the Seventh Fleet and later served as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. William P. Mack Jr. has coauthored a number of books with his father.

Customer Reviews
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south to java
Thursday, March 13, 2008
By: james tulloh
adm mack's book is an excellent read esp for anyone interested in the early months of the war in the far east. i rank his books up there with herman wouks "the caine mutiny" he also gives an excellent account of what life must have been like aboard a 4-stacker in the early days before and after the start of the war.
South To Java
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
By: Ed Weglein
This book was an excellent read, telling the story of the destroyer squadron that survived the early debacles in South Pacific in WWII. Mr. Mack has done an excellent job of describing the state of readiness of ships well past their prime and how the men who fought them struggled with their ancient craft against a vastly superior and more modern enemy and managed to inflict enough damage to delay the enemy long enough to secure Australia.


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