Enterprise: America’s Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II
Barrett Tillman. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2012. 320 pp. Illus. Maps. Bibliographical references. Index. $29.99.
Reviewed by Douglas V. Smith
As can be expected from this prolific, six-time award-winning author, Barrett Tillman’s Enterprise: America’s Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II is outstanding, in large measure for the hundreds of interviews he conducted. Because these people played important roles in the battles covered in the book, the reader wishes Tillman had referenced the interviews more completely, but more than half of his subjects have passed away, and those who remain have memory lapses due to their age. Still, these primary sources are invaluable, even if available only by contacting the author. In a way they can be considered important additions that build on the work of Edward Peary Stafford’s classic contribution, The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise (Random House, 1962).