The Winds of War by Herman Wouk - A masterpiece of historical fiction, spellbinding and impossible to put down. This book was sweeping in scope, from the European Theater to the Pacific and all parts in between. Part one of a two parts series about World War II.
"Get this through your thick Reserve head, the heat is on. I'll be the guy everybody will hate. That's okay. I'm the exec of this ship, and I'll carry out my orders, do you hear?" Gorton to Keefer, "The Caine Mutiny"