I have always been fascinated with aircraft carriers with their ability to mobilize a large force of aircraft anywhere in the world. Barret Tillman’s new book “Enterprise: America’s Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II” focuses on the lower ranks of those who served on “The Big E” during the major battles of the Pacific in World War II. Cody Carlson of the Deseret News reviews Tillman’s book.
In 1941, the world entered a new age of naval warfare. Beginning with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor , the aircraft carrier became the critical weapon of the Pacific War. With air superiority absolutely vital to modern operations, every major engagement in the Pacific during World War II included at least one carrier to guarantee that superiority. The Battle of the Coral Sea in early 1942 became the first battle in world history in which the combatants on surface ships never saw each other — the battle was fought entirely by American and Japanese planes striking the enemy.
Historian Barrett Tillman’s new book, “Enterprise: America’s Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II,” is an amazing look at one carrier’s service in the Pacific cauldron. An expert in the history of carrier operations and naval aviation in World War II, Tillman expertly traces the life of this grand lady in what amounts to nothing short of a ship’s biography.