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Popular historian Kershaw (The Bedford Boys) chronicles the extraordinary WWII heroism of the crew of the USS Tang,"the deadliest submarine operating in the Pacific," in this spellbinding saga. The Tang' s captain, Cmdr. Richard O'Kane, was a celebrated maverick whose "contempt for the enemy was absolute." He was offered the opportunity to operate alone in the dangerous Formosa Strait, and the boat's crew sank 13 ships on "one of the most destructive patrols of the war." But the last torpedo malfunctioned and boomeranged on the Tang, killing half the crew instantly and sinking the sub. The explosion threw O'Kane and several others into the ocean, but most of the rest were trapped below; only nine of 87 survived. They were picked up by a Japanese patrol boat and taken to a POW camp, tortured and starved. O'Kane, who earned the Medal of Honor, weighed only 88 pounds when liberated. Relying on interviews with survivors and oral histories, and writing with his customary verve, Kershaw delivers another memorable tale of uncommon courage. 16 pages of b&w photos. 100,000 first printing; 10-city author tour.(May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.