The Depths of Courage: American Submariners at War with Japan, 1941-1945 [NOOK Book]

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Chosen by WWII History magazine as one of the Best Books of the Year.

In the dark days after Pearl Harbor, the small, illequipped arm of the Navy known as Submarine Force would stand between the shattered U.S. Pacific Fleet and the might of the Japanese Navy. Unfortunately, the spirit and courage of the Submarine Force is being forgotten as the veterans of that force pass ...
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The Depths of Courage: American Submariners at War with Japan, 1941-1945

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Overview

Chosen by WWII History magazine as one of the Best Books of the Year.

In the dark days after Pearl Harbor, the small, illequipped arm of the Navy known as Submarine Force would stand between the shattered U.S. Pacific Fleet and the might of the Japanese Navy. Unfortunately, the spirit and courage of the Submarine Force is being forgotten as the veterans of that force pass into history.

To preserve their heroic tales of war beneath the sea, critically acclaimed author and military historian Flint Whitlock, in collaboration with decorated World War II submarine veteran Ron Smith, set out on a journey of more than two years to interview submariners and to record their accounts before the memories of their endeavors are lost forever. These are their stories.


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What People Are Saying

William Tuohy
A lively account of wartime U.S. Pacific submarines...a rousing good read. (William Tuohy, author of The Bravest Man)
John Wukovits
Brings the drama and heroism to the reader's doorstep. (John Wukovits, author of One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440636790
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/4/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 215,905
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Flint Whitlock is the author of Given Up for Dead: American GIs in Hitler's Slave-Labor Camp at Berga.

Ron Smith enlisted in the Navy and was awarded the Submarine Combat Insignia, the Purple Heart, and many other commendations.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     XV
Introduction     1
Black Sunday     5
The Fruits of War     26
A Tough Row to Hoe     48
Hell on Earth     66
Damn These Torpedoes!     82
School Days     97
The End of the Beginning     113
Ready for War     130
At Home in the Caboose     144
Abortive Attack     172
Just Stay Loose     193
Feather Merchant Third Class     212
The Road to Tokyo     224
The Finest Submarine Commander     246
The Fate of the Empire     269
The Death of Innocents     288
Return to the Philippines     302
Disaster at Sea     315
A Lesson in Cruelty     332
A Writhing, Twisting Maelstrom     347
Bear the Unbearable     362
Epilogue: The Velocity of Postwar History     376
Acknowledgments     387
Notes     389
Bibliography     405
Credits and Permissions     415
Index     417
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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    A great read

    This book really brings home what the men in the submarines had to go through in WWII. It took special men to spend each day underwater not being able to visually see where you are going and to know depth charges are falling around you and not knowing if you will survive.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Great read

    Very good book. You can tell why whitlock is an award winning author. Spans the war and at about 400 pages a good deal. I disagree with the previous review that the formatting is bad. Ive seen much much worse on ereaders. Any naval enthusiast will enjoy.

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  • Posted February 28, 2010

    Nook has ruined the reading experience ==== one star

    Great book!, One star for the Nook!!! I am an old submariner albeit nuclear, Nautilus was my first boat, but I had the honor of steaming with some of the last of the WWII sub vets.
    The text runs into the right hand margin regardless of font size. Strangely mixed fonts often show up in the first word of a paragraph. Paragraphs crash into the bottom of the "page".

    The maps could have been enlarged, and displayed in landscape on one page. Many of the pictures are bad. The Jap BB pictures were mangled, Yamato duplicated and Musashi crashed on the bottom of a page.

    I am not happy with this effort or should I say lack of effort by B&N and their Nook people. It makes me wonder what this would look like on the Kindle, or is the electronic transfer done by one company for both readers; I wonder?
    My recommendation is to buy the hard copy.
    DN~

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