Escape from the Deep: A True Story of Courage and Survival During World War II

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In the early morning hours of October 24, 1944, the legendary U.S. Navy submarine Tang was hit by one of its own faulty torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stay alive one hundred-eighty feet beneath the surface, while the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges. As the air ran out, some of the crew made a daring ascent through the escape hatch. In the end, just nine of the original eighty-man crew survived.

But the survivors were beginning a far greater ordeal. ...

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Overview

In the early morning hours of October 24, 1944, the legendary U.S. Navy submarine Tang was hit by one of its own faulty torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stay alive one hundred-eighty feet beneath the surface, while the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges. As the air ran out, some of the crew made a daring ascent through the escape hatch. In the end, just nine of the original eighty-man crew survived.

But the survivors were beginning a far greater ordeal. After being picked up by the Japanese, they were sent to an interrogation camp known as the “Torture Farm.” When they were liberated in 1945, they were close to death, but they had revealed nothing to the Japanese, including the greatest secret of World War II.

With the same heart-pounding narrative drive that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw brings to life this incredible story of survival and endurance.

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Editorial Reviews

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American Profile Magazine, 5/24/09
“A tale of courage, survival and heroism beyond what most of us can even imagine, it's got the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. So read it now and be ready to tell everyone, ‘Oh, the movie was good—but the book was better!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306817908
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 273,456
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Map of the Pacific, 1944 xiii

Part 1 The Last Patrol

1 Thunder Below 3

2 The Bravest Man 15

3 The Most Dangerous Mission 29

4 The Greatest Patrol 41

5 Battle Royal 55

Part 2 Escape From the Deep

6 The Deep 65

7 The Terrible Hours 83

8 Blow and Go 107

9 The Last Attempt 117

Part 3 Captivity

10 Guests of the Japanese 137

11 Torture Farm 151

12 The Coldest Winter 165

13 The Last Stretch 173

14 Liberation 179

Part 4 Back From The Deep

15 Back from the Deep 193

16 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 January 30, 2013

    Action packed book, could not put it down, read it cover to cove

    Action packed book, could not put it down, read it cover to cover very quickly. Excellent.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    Shipshape nonfiction novel. Alex Kershaw is so much superior to

    Shipshape nonfiction novel. Alex Kershaw is so much superior to any other nonfction warfare writer alive today. This book, had me turn every page to find out what happened next. Unrivaled in his resarch, this author paints a very inspring tale of survival during WWII. Excellent book.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    Finest book I have read in a long time, WW2 story of survival in

    Finest book I have read in a long time, WW2 story of survival in the Pacific during WW2, between USA submarines -- survivors, vs Japanese patrol boats, then as POWs under Japanese commnand. Very good book.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    Better than any type of action movie. Very exciting: great writi

    Better than any type of action movie. Very exciting: great writing, incredible survival story of WW2 submarine wreck survivor(s) in Pacific during WW2, escape submarine being blown up, then remaing survivor(s) enduring Japanese prison of war captivity. It is definetly a page turner, coulud not wait to read the next page, very good book. Highly recommended WW2 book, action-adventure book. Great book.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Picked up this book and could NOT put it down! It is an incredib

    Picked up this book and could NOT put it down! It is an incredible book about WW2 submarine survival! IT IS AN AMAZING BOOK! Most exciting book I have ever read, very good writing! Buy it -- read it ---- you will LOVE this book! I did!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Great Thriller

    Book is great thriller from the submarine service. It shows the heroism by our submariners. Also it shows there courage when taken pow. At the end of the book are interesting facts about the Hiroshima bomb which was dropped while the men were still in there pow camps. Also the men were in pow camp with Captian Boyington from Baa Baa Black sheep fame. A must and fast read book.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Received this book as a christmas present, very good gfit, the a

    Received this book as a christmas present, very good gfit, the author does an exciting job of painting a picture of submarine survival story in world war two pacific. Good book.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Amazing book. Better adventure, action story than anything you

    Amazing book. Better adventure, action story than anything you will ever read in another book, see in an action movie. Fun, easy to read, good book.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    This book is so well written,learned a lot about human spirit!

    This book is so well written,learned a lot about human spirit! Motivated me to success in my own life! Escape from the Deep is a well writen book about the plight of a WW2 submarine vessell that is bombed and the few survingcrew members odessy as prisoners' of war in Japan. It is very good! VERY VERY GOOD! This author should be given the Pultzer Prize, he is probably the best writer I have ever encountered in regard to the topic of history and/or world war two. This book motivates, inspires, teaches the reader about WW2, you will definetly love reading it! A page turner, once you pick up this book and read the first page you will not be able to put this book down until you are done, it is incredible! HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMNEDED. Anyone interested in history, WW2, spending their money an a high quality nonfiction book -- buy Alex Kershaw! This book one of the best books I have ever read! Very, very well written.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    Escape from the Deep, by author Alex Kershaw is written in a tim

    Escape from the Deep, by author Alex Kershaw is written in a timeless, classic manner which deserves the attention of millions of readers. Great story, great book.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    Very well written Submarine story of survival WWII bombing. It

    Very well written Submarine story of survival WWII bombing. It was very action packed, fun book.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    Best survival story, action book I have ever read.

    Best survival story, action book I have ever read.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    I shouldn't be alive on cable tv -- stole this book's premise. V

    I shouldn't be alive on cable tv -- stole this book's premise. Very captivating tale of survival. GREAT BOOK, a real page turner.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    Amazing book, superior to anything ever written in regard to war

    Amazing book, superior to anything ever written in regard to warfare conducted on the sea, incredibly inspirational. It was awesome!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    GREAT FUN READ

    GREAT FUN READ

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    a must for the avid submarine history fan

    I'm constantly amazed at the heorism of those who survived WW11 in our Navy anf this book brings it to life.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

    Tale of survival in the face of death, destruction WWII pacific

    Tale of survival in the face of death, destruction WWII pacific theatre.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    great read

    very well written and enjoyable if your into true sub stories. I'd recommend it----definitely

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Exception is my opinion for ranking.

    Exception is my opinion for ranking.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    Great story of survival, warfare WWII.

    Great story of survival, warfare WWII.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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