The USS Portland, nicknamed "Sweet Pea," had an illustrious career. The heavy cruiser carried the biggest guns the Navy possessed after Pearl Harbor. After surviving 80 kamikaze attacks and taking part in many battles -- two at night -- the USS Portland was singled out to accept the Japanese surrender in 1945. Extensive research and interviews with members of the ship's crew make this a definitive history of the ship. Paperback. 290 pgs.