Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors

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  • Title: Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors
  • Author: James D. Hornfischer
  • ISBN: 9780553803907
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Hardcover
Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors

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Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors

About “James D. Hornfischer

  • James D. Hornfischer

    Hornfischer s writing career has grown out of a lifelong interest in the Pacific war He has appeared on television on The History Channel, Fox News Channel s War Stories with Oliver North and C SPAN s BookTV A frequent speaker on the subject of the war in the Pacific, the U.S Navy, and the experience of America s sailors in World War II, he frequently addresses veterans organizations, youth and civic groups, and professional naval organizations on the inspiring stories found in his books A native of Massachusetts, and a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Texas School of Law, Hornfischer is a member of the Naval Order of the United States, the Navy League, and was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as an Admiral in the Texas Navy A former New York book editor, Hornfischer is president of the literary agency Hornfischer Literary Management, located in Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife and their three children.



443 thoughts on “Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors

  • Reads like Band of Brothers Sounds like the horrore horror All the pieces are here the finely crafted storytelling with intentionally though seamlessly placed details all fitting together and falling into place so that you hardly notice the author s hand, as you should not You should be focused on the story, and that s not difficult as this is a terrible, true tale of war and human perseverance through some of the harshest treatment man has ever doled out to man Reading Ship of Ghosts you get th [...]


  • I picked this book up primarily as it was my father s first ship in 37, right off the tobacco farm fortunately for me he was transferred off before the beginning of the war unfortunately for him, he was transferred to Pearl Harbor, and was still there Dec 7th But he made it through in one piece I still have my father s souvenir photo album from the Houston in my closet, and many of the photos in it and stories I heard growing up appear in the book So, as you might imagine, the book resonates wit [...]


  • Hornfischer, doesn t a name of that caliber sound like it should be Admiral Hornfischer Ship of Ghosts is a definite goodread You usually pick up a history bookbecause you are interested in the subject, but sometimes text is a bit dryand tough to get through, well that s no problem here I was always lookingforward to time to continue reading Hornfischer selected a perfect niche with this early days of the warin the Pacific, which in the shadow of tales of the later war years ofIwo Jima and Okina [...]


  • I believe that the USN Houston was the first American capital ship to take on the Imperial Japanese surface navy This story is told from the mouths of those who lived through the ordeal The ship and crew acquitted themselves according to the highest standards of the United States Navy until they were sunk and survivors were captured Captivity was horrible and Hornfischer brings all this back to life I do not know if it is the Pacific War I love reading about or if it is the way that Hornfischer [...]


  • Fantastic history Incredibly well researched, organized An excellent story of the men of the Houston who found themselves working on the Burma railroad.What a remarkable story, and how well told My only comment is that the title might be a little misleading The book is devoted mostly to the trials of the men after the ship was lost Though they may have maintained a personal identification with the Houston, it is not the main emphasis of the book The Epic Saga of Her Survivors should be the title [...]


  • Very well written book Lots of info I didn t know about I would recommend this to those interested in WWII history.


  • The USS Houston was serving in the South Pacific when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor As such it immediately started the fight against the Japanese, but was far from resupply lines On February 28, 1942 the USS Houston and the Australian ship Perth were sunk off the coast of Indonesia as they battled the Japanese landing fleet Survivors of both ships were taken prisoners and served the remainder of the war as Japanese slave labor.Why I started this book Hornfischer is one of my new history crush [...]


  • Very interesting book I have never read any naval history so the first part took me a bit to get through I didn t understand a lot of the terms and or couldn t visualize what they were talking about However, it picked up for me a bit once the ship was sunk and they were captured and transferred to the POW camps The author really does a great job wrapping up the book He lets you know how these soldiers POWs did after the war and talks about the lifelong impact that their experiences had on them H [...]


  • Ship of Ghosts is a rather unfortunate title for the story of the USS Houston, FDR s legendary cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors There are no ghosts There are, however, harrowing tales of bravery, sacrifice, and human dignity in the face of unbelievable hardships and suffering This book fits in nicely with Flags of Our Fathers and Tom Clancy s Debt of Honor There are many aspects of the WW2 era that today s generations seem woefully ignorant about such as the Gulag Archipelago in Russi [...]


  • Two tremendous stories the story of the USS Houston and its crew as it battled with the doomed ABDA fleet in the first months of WWII The first 6 months of the war, particularly in the western Pacific, were a chaotic time for the Allies as they tried to slow the Japanese advance The Houston literally went down, flags flying, in an effort to stop a Japanese invasion fleet in Indonesia.The 2nd story is that of her crew that survived and were captured They faced the full gamut of the Allied POW exp [...]


  • This a really good read The amount of detail in the first several chapters seemed daunting at first but soon I got hooked on the stories and hated to reach the end The book begins with the saga of the USS Houston and follows the crew until the end of WWII The story of The Lost Battalion 131st Artillery, 36th Infantry Division, Texas National Guard is interwoven The two groups shared many POW experiences Hornfischer provides enough big picture information strategies, planning, major battles, over [...]


  • The movie The Bridge over the River Kwai is the framing device as to why the author wrote this book In the movie the character played by William Holden states that he is from the USS Houston, CA 30 Which confused the author since he naturally assumed that the Houston was lost later in the conflict Instead he finds a horror story that the crew went thru after their ship, along with the HMAS Perth D 93 were sunk while off the Sunda Strait near the island of Java After the crew is captured and init [...]


  • A story to be rememberedThe men of the Houston had many distinctions, a few unfortunate It was FDR S favorite ship, well run with great morale They fought in the first great naval battle in the Pacific war in 1942, the Sunda straight, fighting bravely but sunk The unfortunate bits were the timing this happened at the start of WW II, little as known of them, and the survivors liberated after VE day, when the nation s attention was turned to celebration I m between they suffered, died, persevered, [...]


  • James Hornfischer does it again An amazing survival story that lasted almost the entire Pacific War I was surprised at the real story behind the film and novel Bridge on the River Kwai , and how HOUSTON survivors played a part They suffered a truly torturous existence at the hands of Japanese slave drivers a.k.a POW guards After reading this I feel even honored to have been given the opportunity to return one of the USS HOUSTON survivors to a final rest with his shipmates In 2008, as the lay le [...]


  • Excellent Recounting I will admit when I bought this book, I was clueless about the USS Houston and its plight I did not know it was FDR s favorite ship I did not know it was stationed in the South China Seas under a fractured command structure or that is was the first Untied States Warship to be sunk by Japanese gunfire This is a compelling tale of the men who served and died on her during the early days of World War Two If you haven t read this book and are looking for a rare find, I can t rec [...]


  • This book tells the story of the battleship USS Houston the flagship of the Asiatic Fleet The ship was a favorite of FDR who sailed on it for many trips The ship was sunk in an early engagement with the Japanese The book then follows the survivors as prisoners of war many of them were forced to help build the Burma to Thialand railroad This railroad was immortalized in the movie Bridge over the River Kwai The truth is far from the romanized version of the movie The chronicle of the prisoners bru [...]


  • There are SO MANY stories of American heroes that are not told This is a huge story many heroes doing so much and we never know about it if we don t go search This is another great book by Mr Hornfischer It tells the story of a ship that I never even heard of and he tells it very well I urge you to read this book Will our children ever care about the struggles of our world when they have computer games


  • I loved this book The first part was a little hard going since I am not an expert on naval terms, but after this it was riveting It covers the experiences of the USS Houston up to and including the battle in the Java Sea However, the best part is what happens afterwards as these sailors became POWs and enforced laborers building a railway in Burma and Thailand Think The Bridge on the River Kwai It is inspiring and heartbreaking and riveting.


  • Very well written A little known story of the USS Houston being sunk in Feb 1942 It tells of the heroic and courageous struggle to survive the harsh Japanese brutality and the jungles working on the railroads thru Burma and Thailand Many believed there were no survivorsnof the Uss Houston till the near end of the Pacific War I was able to meet one of the survivors at a USNCSA reunion in 2010.


  • The real facts of war are so much horrific than any movie could reveal There is not one positive thing you can say about war Evil is out there in all shapes and forms For example, the United States government is in the midst of evil right now.


  • Excellent chronicle of the men of the USS Houston, it spares a lot of the horror show usually found in books depicting POW experiences but it s unsensationalized, factual retelling of the stories that make up the story loses none of it s impact for that Excellent.


  • A summary of the death railroad built during World War II, focusing on the Americans and the Australians from the Perth and the Houston.


  • Fabulous story What these brave men endured should never be forgotten in an America obsessed with growing mediocrity.


  • The Houston was lost in the battle of the Java Sea as part of a badly overmatched Anglo Dutch American force, but it left a reputationfor valor.


  • In reading James Hornfishers Ship of Ghost, I had two visceral reactions I felt embarrassed to put down the book long enough to get lunch A simple privilege that was not available to these good people.If America is ever called before a celestial court to account for it actions America can be nothing but proud that it helped to systematically and by a humiliating degree destroy Japanese militarism.I wish to be clear on this second point As a Midshipman I visited modern Japan and enjoyed myself an [...]


  • The heavy cruiser, USS Houston, was the flagship of the United States Asiatic Fleet at the outbreak of war between Japan and the United States on December 7, 1941 It was her fate and that of her crew to participate in one of the war s first major naval engagements USS Houston and HMAS Perth, together with several smaller destroyers were part of a multi national force that attempted to thwart the Japanese invasion of Java After suffering greatly during that battle, Houston and Perth attempted to [...]


  • It s odd to say one enjoyed something of such dark subject matter, but it fits here Hornfischer s second book, SHIP OF GHOSTS covers mostly the war experience of USS HOUSTON s crew With the telling of HOUSTON s sinking done by 1 4 of the way through, the bulk of the book is devoted to the crew s experiences in Japanese prisoner of war camps in the Burma region While the horrors visited on the Allied prisoners by the Japanese military and Korean guards are related, one will have to read other boo [...]


  • Great story about the USS Houston s sinking and the resulting survival of it s crew The book chronicles the atrocities suffered by the hands of their Japenese guards Particulary during the building of the Burma Railway and what has become known as The Bridge on the River Kwai The difference between the facts of the aformentioned movie and the actuality of the level of dispair are amazing My hats of to those survivors and what a shame they never recieved much in compensation in the form of repera [...]



  • FDR s favorite ship and the flag ship of the US Pacific fleet at the start of WWII, the USS Houston, is involved in the first large Pacific sea battle of WWII and sunk Survivors are sent to Japan and Siam where some work on the famous Bridge over the River Kwai The prisoners suffer terribly under the Japanese and are liberated and go on to various careers.A tremendous amount of personal interviews with the survivors of the Houston were collected shortly after the war resulting in a very detailed [...]


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