PT 109: John F. Kennedy in WW II

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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 ...

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Overview

"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071408684
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 307,731
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    JFK and WW II

    PT 109 is one of the very best if not the best stories of WW II. JFK's swimming in the dangerous waters of the Pacific to save his crew from the collision of his PT boat with a Japanese bomber, is one of the most daring act a commander can do to his men. In this book o ne can see what kind of man JFK was and what was it like to be stranded in the pacific amidst the war. There are few heroes in the call of duty and JFK and his elder brother Patrick Joseph, are two of them. Donovan presented the book from an extensive research he did in the islands that JFK and his men were stranded. The book has personally touched me and learn a lot from JFK as a soldier in WW II. One can also read The Kennedys at War, to understand fully this book, about a great American president.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    Disappointing

    One would be better off getting a copy of the original. Many of the photos have been removed, and very little in the way of updating footnote information has been done, which is sad as much of that information is now outdated. The one bright spot is the afterword by Duane Hove!

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