By Sea and By Stealth

By Sea and By Stealth

by Burke Wilkinson

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One night in December 1941 a young Italian sat shivering on a buoy in Alexandria Harbour. Four hours later two British battleships blew up and settled on the muddy bottom. Luigi De La Penne had successfully completed one of the most fantastic surprise attacks of the war.

This and many other extraordinary attacks showed great resourcefulness, courage and daring. The cost in lives and material was small, the stakes dazzlingly high.

First published in 1957, this book from American novelist Burke Wilkinson tells of some of the most striking and brilliant surprise attacks made by sea during the war. The individual exploits carry their own compulsion as tales of great courage and daring always do, but more than that they show the valuable lessons to be learned and the future hazards we must face from these bold and venturesome tactics.

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ISBN-13: 9781787205925
Publisher: Arcole Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 139
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Burke Wilkinson (August 24, 1913-October 18, 2000) was a former American advertising executive, government official, biographer and novelist.

Born in 1913 in New York City, the son of Henry and Edith (Burke) Wilkinson, he attended St. George’s School and received his Bachelor magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1935. He then travelled to Cambridge University in England in 1936 on a Lionel Harvard studentship.

Wilkinson began his career in advertising, working as a copy writer for Lord & Thomas (advertising) from 1936-1938. He then became assistant advertising manager at Reynal & Hitchcock from 1938-1939 and served as advertising manager at Little, Brown & Company from 1939-1941.

He was Commander of the United States Naval Reserve from 1941-1946 and again from 1951-1952.

Following World War II, he worked as a freelance writer between 1946-1950 and again between 1952-1954. Amongst others, he published Proceed at Will (1948), Run, Mongoose (1950), Black Judas (1950) and Last Clear Chance (1954) during these years.

In 1954 he began a career working as a government official when he was appointed as special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for public affairs, a role he served until 1956. Thereafter he served as deputy assistant secretary of state for public affairs from 1956-1958.

Wilkinson moved to Paris, France in 1958, where he became public affairs adviser at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe, a position he held until 1962.

He was the Director of the United States National Tennis Hall of Fame from 1962-1981.

He died in 2000 aged 87.

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