The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War
Jonathan Dimbleby. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Photos. Maps. Illus. Notes. Index. Select Biblio. 560 pp. $34.95.
Reviewed by James M. Scott
British author and television journalist Jonathan Dimbleby has crafted an immensely readable history of the German submarine war in World War II in his new book, The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War.
In recent years, many World War II submarine narratives have focused largely on the fight in the Pacific. No doubt that is because the story is much more American oriented. U.S. boats had so crippled the Japanese economy that the fuel-starved military resorted to kamikaze attacks, while hungry Home-Island residents were left to eat acorns and sawdust.