"Tillman's Enterprise is a brilliant piece of scholarship combining detailed research with a highly readable narrative. An important work for anyone interested in World War II."
Robert von Maier, editor-in-chief, Global War Studies
"A superb book that captures the heroism and tragedy of war, and at the center of it all is this remarkable ship, the likes of which we're unlikely to see ever again."
“Whirlwind has the critical elements to separate it from the pack of cockpit and command aviation histories; it is vivid, lucid, and human. But it is something much more: it provides the essential foundation for the examination of the impact of conventional airpower as a fundamental cause of Japan’s surrender.”
Richard B. Frank.“The story of how B-29s and lesser aircraft ended the Pacific War is wonderfully told by Barrett Tillman . . . He conveys details of the great Tokyo fire raid and the atomic obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in terms that are fresh. . . . Tillman is a master storyteller.”
“With the analytical ability of a successful cold-case detective, and the flair of a gifted storyteller, Tillman reconstructs the famous battle as seen through the eyes of…both Americans and Japanese. This gives balance and fairness, something missing in past histories, which tended to be one-sided.”
Henry Sakaida, author of Winged Samurai
“No one can write this stuff like Tillman. It’s a ‘you are there’ approach that has been done before—in fact, all popular histories try it—but rarely so well as this…An exciting book by a first-class writer.”
Robert Citino, World War II Magazine
“…an extraordinary contribution…. Thoroughly researched, engagingly presented, and filled with useful insights, comments, and nuggets of valuable information.”
Dr. Richard P. Hallion, Senior Historian of the U.S. Air Force
“The first chapter of this book will long stand as one of the best-written in any aviation book. Hellcat is absolutely a must for anyone interested in aviation history.”
Jeffrey Ethell, Warbirds magazine
U.S. NAVY FIGHTER SQUADRONS IN WWII
“A SUPERB piece that fills a major hole in reference material on WWII Naval Aviation. Tillman is to be congratulated for putting out a book that the Navy Historical Office should've done decades ago. Here's hoping he does the same for the other carrier squadrons.”
The Hook magazine, Journal of Carrier Aviation
“Anyone who has ever flown military aircraft will appreciate this book. It’s all here: the fun, humor, and sorrow of unexpected loss.”
Capt. James Lovell, USN (Ret) Commander, Apollo 13.
“The most intelligent thriller I’ve seen all year.”
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