PT 109: John F. Kennedy in WW II

PT 109: John F. Kennedy in WW II

by Robert J. Donovan
     
 

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"To me, it has always been one of the great war stories of all time."–Senator Edward M. Kennedy

In the early morning darkness of August 2, 1943, in the waters of Blackett Strait in the Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri sliced an American PT boat in two, leaving its crew for dead in a flaming sea. Over the next three days, the boat's

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"To me, it has always been one of the great war stories of all time."–Senator Edward M. Kennedy

In the early morning darkness of August 2, 1943, in the waters of Blackett Strait in the Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri sliced an American PT boat in two, leaving its crew for dead in a flaming sea. Over the next three days, the boat's skipper, a boyish lieutenant from Boston named John Fitzgerald Kennedy, repeatedly risked his life in an effort to summon help until he finally secured his crew's rescue.

First published to wide critical acclaim in 1961, Robert Donovan's timeless classic tells the complete, harrowing story of PT 109 and her crew. This 40th anniversary edition includes a foreword from Daniel Schorr, a preface by the author recounting the circumstances of the book's creation, and an afterword by World War II naval historian Duane Hove portraying the broader context for PT boat operations in the South Pacific. Here for a new generation of readers is a compelling glimpse of the values of service and duty that characterized America during the war years, as fresh and timely now as when it was published forty years ago.

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ISBN-13:
9781567319286
Publisher:
MJF Books
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Edition description:
40th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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