Crossing the Line: A Bluejacket's World War II Odysseyby Alvin Kernan
A gritty, humorous, and knowing account of an enlisted man's life aboard World War II aircraft carriers, this memoir captures the tedium of a seaman's routine and the terror of the war's great battles, from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima. Kernan, a longtime humanities professor at Yale and Princeton universities and now a senior adviser at the Andrew W.Mellon Foundation Introduces his memoir on this-time recording by recounting some of his shipmates' responses to Crossing the Line.
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