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The story of the man who won the battle of Midway and avenged Pearl Harbor for the United States.  

During the Battle of Midway in June 1942, US Navy dive bomber pilot Wade McClusky proved himself to be one of the greatest pilots and combat leaders in American history, but his story has never been told - until now.  

It was Wade McClusky who remained calm when the Japanese fleet was not where it was expected to be. It was he who made the counterintuitive choice to then search to the north instead of to the south. It was also McClusky who took the calculated risk of continuing to search even though his bombers were low on fuel and may not have enough to make it back to the Enterprise. His ability to remain calm under enormous pressure played a huge role in the US Navy winning this decisive victory that turned the tide of war in the Pacific.  

This book is the story of exactly the right man being in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. Wade McClusky was that man and this is his story.

©2019 David Rigby (P)2019 Tantor

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  • J. S. Harbour
  • 17-05-2020

This biographer is obsessed

The writing is so very bad that I would describe this as an amateur biography. It's a real shame because I enjoy the subject matter and feel that I'm very patient but at the halfway point in this book, I realized that the author wasn't going to stop with his obsessive-compulsive writing and decided to give up on it.

Is Wade McClusky a qualified dive-bomber pilot, experienced and skilled with the STB Devastator? His squadron sunk two Japanese carriers in a single mission, so what is the point in belaboring this point? Let this poor dead horse alone already. But this author won't do it. Over and over and over and over and over without mercy he beats this horse and I, personally, have better books to read. Dusty Kleiss commented publicly that McClusky wasn't the best choice as squadron commander because he flew at 190 knotts toward the Japanese fleet instead of 160 ("like a proper STB pilot"), which threatened the fuel consumption in the rearward planes in his attack group. That's pretty much the sum total of the criticism. So let it alone? No, Rigby won't leave it alone, and after about the 20th time bringing it up, I called it quits.

The second problem, and I might have been able to stick through the bad writing, but the tipping point was the narrator: he uses a robotic text-to-speech voice that grates after a while, over-pronunciating every word and is even more OCD than the author. A bad combination. A better narrator who doesn't sound like Robbie The Robot would have made it possible to endure the bad writing in order to get through to the details. There are some good details in this book but they are hard to get to.

My review stars are based on the fact that I could not finish the book. If I give up on a book then it's 2 stars at best.

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  • Brownshirt
  • 17-01-2020

Somewhat disapointing.

There is much unnecessary criticism of other authors. More anecdotes about McClusky and fewer dry entries from logbooks would help. Still, it contains some fresh information.

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  • JM
  • 19-11-2020

Tedious

Overall narration was dull and narrative was tedious and at times rather dull. I would not suggest this book to anyone interested in the battle of Midway. It provides very important facts but it is several hours to long.

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  • Denny Mc
  • 09-04-2020

Boring!

This book repeats the same information over and over and over. Don’t spend your money on this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-07-2019

Outstanding biography

Couldn't stop listening. The chapters on the Midway search and attack alone are worth the read.

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  • Chad
  • 06-06-2021

No doubt a hero

McClusky was a great naval officer and leader, no doubt. But the author strives to make his points by being repetitive, thus coloring this biography amateurish. The audiobook isn't helped by the narrator, whose insists on enunciating every word / stressing every syllable - very annoying.

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  • John
  • 23-10-2020

Good Book About a Largely Forgotten WWII Hero

This was a good biography of Wade McCluskey, who made a critical intuitive decision that found the Japanese fleet while leading dive bombers at the Battle of Midway. The author makes a good case that McCluskey was an enormously experienced aviator whose contribution during the battle has been largely ignored or disrespected, especially by current historians. McCluskey was clearly instrumental in winning a battle that turned the tide in the Pacific theater.

That said, this is not a perfect book. As others have pointed out, it is extremely repetitive. The author repeats the basic facts about McCluskey again and again. Simply stated, and as is the case with so many books, it could have used a good editing.

The narrator is good, but he did remind me of an announcer on a World War II newsreel. It is as if the narrator is consciously using his "announcer voice." It was OK to me, but others may find it annoying.

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  • LHH06R
  • 17-01-2020

Another unsung hero of WW II

Wade Mccluskey is another example of the greatest generation. He was a little older than most in WW II but that gave him the maturity and experience needed for that decisive day!

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