This was loads of fun! This is the autobiography of the famous (then) Captain Fluckey, who revolutionized submarine warfare in WWII. (He later became an Admiral.)
This is a great insight into the mind and heart of man born for the military. He also is generous with his depictions of his fellow servicemen.
As a 50 year old woman, whose death defying adventures are a long time ago the insight into someone whose “fear” emotion seems to be turned off when it came to anything physical, it was very interesting. (Depth charges meters away? No problem! Lose a gift his wife had given him? Bawling in his bunk–and not ashamed to put it in print.)
It’s also a great insight into the times before rapid communications, when people wrote letters on actual paper with pencils and pens. It shows how little people have changed.
It’s also a reminder that people who read widely are unlikely to be duped. I keep seeing how heart attacks are a “modern” phenomena brought on by trans fats, grain fed beef, and vaccines. (Which isn’t to say that the mRNA vaccine doesn’t cause serious complications in young, athletic males.) But I think people died of heart attacks back in the 40s without being diagnosed. At one point one of his officers has a heart attack, despite being in his twenties, and it is almost immediately recognized by the ship’s medic who had seen “plenty” of them before.
Great book, with lots of hair raising escapades and plenty of humor, too. I highly recommend it.