So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During World War II

So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During World War II

by Michael J. Tougias, Alison O'Leary

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681774329
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 459,284
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

MichaelTougias is the author and co-author of twenty-three non-fiction books,including several true survival-at-sea adventures, such asRescue of the Bounty, Fatal Forecast, Overboard!,A Storm Too Soon,andThe Finest Hours(soon to bea major motion picture by Disney). His bookTen Hours Until Dawnwas selected as one of the American Library Association's "Best Books of the Year."

AlisonO’Learyis a former reporter for the TheBoston Globe, a magazine editor, and a freelancewriter. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across thecountry.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Part I

1 A Tired Old Workhorse 3

2 Ina and the South American Venture 7

3 Admiral Dönitz and his Grey Wolves 18

4 Harro Schacht and U-507 28

5 The Grey Wolves and the Mississippi 40

6 Moving Ever Closer 47

7 Denied a Safe Port 58

8 An Uneasy Feeling 67

Part II 75

9 Torpedoes in the Night 77

10 The Raft 83

11 A Most Hopeless Night 89

12 Dawn 96

13 Desperation 101

14 Running Out of Time 107

15 The Shrimp Boat and a Surprise 116

16 Ina 119

17 Lucille 128

Part III 139

18 Triumphant Return to Lorient 141

19 Morgan City and the Hospital 152

20 The Laconia: A Sinking and a Rescue 165

21 Spies, Duty, and the Turning of the Battle Tide 177

22 Passages So Far from Home 189

23 Sonny 200

Epilogue 203

Acknowledgments 213

Sources 217

Authors' Notes 219

Bibliography 223

About Author Michael J. Tougias 229

Summary of Michael J. Tougias's Latest Books 231

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So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During World War II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exciting account of a family caught in the crosshairs of war. Returning from Central America in the early days of World War II, the Downs family's ship is torpedoed by a German U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico. They are separated and lost at sea, not knowing if their loved ones are still alive or if they will even be rescued. A harrowing true story of grit and determination to overcome a frightening disaster while the world is locked in a bitter battle of blood and death. Michael Tougias and Alison O'Leary have crafted a wonderful book about a family's struggle for survival during the worst conflict in world history. Both thrilling and poignant, "So Close to Home" hits home with power and emotion during a very dark chapter of America's past. It is a rescue story on par with "The Fibest Hours," which was co-authored by Tougias. Loved it!