USS Enterprise (CV-6) – By Steve Ewing


ISBN # 0-933126-24-7


“USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6)” The Most Decorated Ship Of World War II. By Steve Ewing. Commissioned in 1938, the American aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) was the sixth carrier of the United States Navy. Often referred to as the “Big E” she was one of only three American carriers commissioned prior to World War II to survive the war. Enterprise participated in more major actions of the war against Japan than did any other American ship. These actions included the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, various other air-sea engagements during the Guadalcanal campaign, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, as well as the “Doolittle Raid” on Tokyo in 1942. On three separate occasions during the Pacific War, the Japanese incorrectly announced that she had been sunk in battle. The Enterprise earned 20 battle stars, the most for any U.S. warship in World War II. From the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 to the final assault on Okinawa in 1945, the vessel was in the thick of battle in the Pacific war against the Japanese. After the war several attempts were made at preserving the ship as a floating museum or memorial. However all efforts failed. On July 1, 1958 the “Big E” was sold for scrapping. Author, Steve Ewing presents a detailed narrative of the ship’s impressive twenty-year history. Ewing also wrote “American Cruisers of World War II.” This impressive book is laced with nearly 200 historic photographs, the entire story of Enterprise is told, from her commissioning to the end of the line in 1958. New 8 1/2 by 11 inch softbound book. 160 pages, 199 black and white photographs, 8 color photos, 1 diagram, no maps or index. Includes an appendix and roster of the 373 men lost during her action in World War II.

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Book Reviews:

“This is an excellent book on the first aircraft carrier Enterprise. The Big E was the most decorated ship of World War II and had a charmed life. She fought in nearly all of the major naval battles in the Pacific and was awarded 20 battle stars by the government. The Enterprise was also the ONLY carrier operating in the Pacific for a time during the war. This book has good photos and the information is detailed, without being overwhelming for a basic book. (It is really an introduction to the subject and left me wanting more.) The cost of the book is quite low for so much content. The author brings across his love of the Enterprise and makes you cringe when plans to preserve the ship as a museum fall apart and the ship is scrapped.” – Brent Holt

“Being both a watcher of war documentaries and a Trekkie, I’m always on the lookout for any kind of information regarding the histories of actual vessels dubbed ‘Enterprise’. This particular trade paperback, featuring over a hundred photos of the Pacific War’s standout vessel, is one of the few books about one of the real Enterprise vessels I’ve encountered. True, this book’s text lacks the sheer volume and sentimentality of Edward Stafford’s ‘The Big E’. But, even though ‘USS Enterprise CV-6’ author Steve Ewing’s text is relatively brief, he does manage to give a surprisingly in-depth and occasionally heartfelt look at the ship’s history, as told by both himself from his own research and the men who served aboard her. Also described in both words and pictures is the Enterprise legacy, which lives on in the veterans who were part of her crew and in the many memorials made up of both fond recollections and the Enterprise’s myriad surviving components. My only real complaint is that, despite the fact this book was last reprinted in 1998, it hasn’t been updated since 1987. Other than the lack of a recent revision, however, this pictorial history is one of the best sources of information about the US Navy’s most-decorated warship, and is available at a very reasonable price [$12.95]. Whether you’re a Pacific War fans, a Naval aficionado, or a Trekkie who is both curious and appreciative of the real-life history of the greatest ‘forebear’ to sci-fi’s most famous starship, this trade paperback is an essential addition to your bookshelf!” – Zagnorch

“This is a great reference book on what is, in my opinion, the greatest American fighting ship in history. This book is packed with pictures of the ship and plenty of detail on her combat operations and what the ship did BETWEEN combat operations, what she did after the war, and her ultimate fate. The only weak point of the book, which prevented my giving it 5-stars, is the lack of good pictures of aircraft from her air-groups. This might be beyond the authors intended scope of the book, but I would have liked to actually see what Hellcats and Avengers of 20 Air Group looked like in authentic markings and paint schemes. I mean, I could super-detail an Enterprise model with the photos from this book, but I would have to go to another source to accurately detail the aircraft on her decks.” – George Parker


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