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By October, 1944, the U.S. Navy submarine Tang was legendary-she had sunk more enemy ships, rescued more downed airmen, and pulled off more daring surface attacks than any other Allied submarine in the Pacific. And then, on her fifth patrol, tragedy struck-the Tang was hit by one of her own faulty torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stay alive in their submerged “iron coffin” one hundred-eighty feet beneath the surface. While the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges, just nine of the original ...

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Overview

By October, 1944, the U.S. Navy submarine Tang was legendary-she had sunk more enemy ships, rescued more downed airmen, and pulled off more daring surface attacks than any other Allied submarine in the Pacific. And then, on her fifth patrol, tragedy struck-the Tang was hit by one of her own faulty torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stay alive in their submerged “iron coffin” one hundred-eighty feet beneath the surface. While the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges, just nine of the original eighty-man crew survived a harrowing ascent through the escape hatch. But a far greater ordeal was coming. After being picked up by a Japanese patrol vessel, they were sent to a secret Japanese interrogation camp known as the “Torture Farm.” They were close to death when finally liberated in August, 1945, but they had revealed nothing to the Japanese-not even the greatest secret of World War II.

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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)

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Kershaw (The Few, 2006, etc.) fashions a gripping, novelistic account of the U.S. submarine Tang's tragic final patrol. By August 1944, the Tang, a state-of-the-art torpedo-laden vessel under the guidance of Commander Richard O'Kane, had proven itself a formidable hunter of Japanese shipping. The tide was turning against the Japanese in the Pacific, as effective American technology allowed submarines to sink far below the surface to evade depth charges. In just four patrols, the cocky, ambitious, New Hampshire-born O'Kane had engineered the sinking of 17 ships. He was eager to embark on his fifth patrol, to the perilous enemy-lined Formosa Strait. By early October, the Tang had weathered an ominous typhoon, as well as a fall by the commander that left him with a broken foot. Once in the strait, the submarine successfully sank a convoy of Japanese cargo ships, emptying most of its torpedoes. Incredibly, the last torpedo, Number 24, boomeranged and headed straight back to strike the Tang. Half of the 87-member crew were killed instantly. When the fatally wounded submarine hit bottom, a handful of men miraculously escaped to the surface through the torpedo tubes. (They were equipped with Momsen Lungs, which took carbon dioxide from the air they exhaled, enriched it with oxygen and recycled it.) After floating for hours in the water, nine survivors, including O'Kane, were picked up by Japanese lifeboats. Surprisingly, the vengeful Japanese did not kill them outright, though they endured a harrowing period of captivity, subjected to interrogation, torture and starvation. On August 28, 1945, 19 days after the U.S. atomic bomb destroyed Nagasaki, the men were rescued by a U.S. destroyer.Stitched together from first-person accounts, Kershaw's action-packed, character-driven narrative of this extraordinary crew's exploits concludes with a poignant wrap-up of the survivors' later years. Reads like the best suspense fiction. First printing of 100,000. $100,000 ad/promo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410410627
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/17/2008
  • Pages: 337
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, and The Few, and two biographies: Jack London and Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Map of the Pacific, 1944     xiii
The Last Patrol
Thunder Below     3
The Bravest Man     15
The Most Dangerous Mission     29
The Greatest Patrol     41
Battle Royal     55
Escape from the Deep
The Deep     65
The Terrible Hours     83
Blow and Go     107
The Last Attempt     117
Captivity
Guests of the Japanese     137
Torture Farm     151
The Coldest Winter     165
The Last Stretch     173
Liberation     179
Back from the Deep
Back from the Deep     193
To the Last Man     203
The Survivors of the USS Tang     217
USS Tang     219
Notes     221
Bibliography     249
Index     255
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    incredibly gripping

    This was the fastest read I've ever had. You almost can feel your heart race as you experience the escape attempt. Best non-fiction thriller I've read. Would be a good beach read but you'd not go near the water. highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    GREAT THRILLER

    REALLY EXCITING

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

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    Escape To Adventure

    If you haven't read any books recently on action in World War II, this should be your next book to read. This is the story of the USS Tang, one of the most highly decorated submarines of the war. Near the end of her fifth patrol under command of Capt. Richard O'Kane, she was struck by an errant torpedo and sunk in the Formosa Straits. Only nine crewmen survived, including five who had to escape from the sunken sub as it rested on the bottom in 180 feet of water. Unfortunately for the survivors, this was only the beginning of their ordeal. They were to face over 10 months as prisoners in Japanese POW camps. After repeated beatings, torture and malnutrition, many returned home only to face broken homes, flashbacks of their months of torture, and recurring feelings of guilt that they had survived the cruel deaths of the rest of their crew. The book is well researched and includes much material gleaned from personal interviews with the survivors and many of the families of the crew. A fascinating true story that relates very well to all of us who owe so much to the members of our armed forces who served in the past and those who continue to protect us now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2009

    Fiction/Non-fiction

    Despite the good writing I can only give this book one star because I know of untruths presented as truths about my brother Lt. (j.g.) John Heubeck. This book is not supposed to be fiction.

    A whole little story was built around my brother that was pure fiction. When I know the facts about my brother ( and a little research could have shown the author the truth), I have to wonder what other fiction there is in this "non-fiction" book.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

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    Ecsape from the Deep by Alex Kershaw

    This book paints such a vivid image in your head its like your there through the adrenaline rush of the battles or the life or death escape from 180 ft below sea level. i enjoyed this book so much I am going to get the rest of his books. I would reccomend this book for any person who loves a descriptive thrilling book;especially for people who enjoy war stories. i really makes me appreciate are veterans and what they did and suffered for our country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    Entertaining, but...

    This book certainly had potential. Great story, eye-catching cover, but the book didn't live up to expectations. A tale of a legendary American submarine sunk in Japanese waters during WWII, a difficult escape, confinement in POW camps - the book had all the makings of a intriguing and captivating tale, but I was dissappointed. Kershaw gives a cursory and plain review of the event. Granted, his main sources of information were aged submariners who may have been reluctant to relive the incident, but with the acclaim credited to him for his previous works, I expected more. Be it outside information or descriptive writing. The quality of this books reminds me of an intoductory course on creative writing. You could probably get an equally descriptive summary from Wikipedia. Can't reccommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2008

    legendary submarine story

    alex kershaw has done a remarkable job putting together the courages story of the uss tang. one of the finest submarines who rescued many an allied flyer who if not for this vessel there would be many pilots in japanese hands this amazing ship went into battle countless times and sank untold numbers of japanese warships however a tragic accident caused the uss tang to sink but some of the crew managed to escape but was captured and put into the worst of japanese prisons but never did reveal any of the highest allied information. this book not only has some special photos but it is a story of real heritage and freedom and its needs to be told. great gift idea for a friend , family member or soldier serving over seas. book also has great web sites.

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    Posted December 11, 2010

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