The Great Rescue: American Heroes, an Iconic Ship, and the Race to Save Europe in WWI

The Great Rescue: American Heroes, an Iconic Ship, and the Race to Save Europe in WWI

by Peter Hernon


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062433879
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 371,557
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Peter Hernon is the author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller Under the Influence: The Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty (with Terry Ganey). Hernon worked as an editor at the Chicago Tribune, and before that was an investigative reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Trapped in New York 1

"All the Best Pictures of the Ruins" 10

Chapter 2

"You Will Never Run Her" 21

Voting No to War 26

Chapter 3

Monster of the Deep 33

The General and the Mademoiselle 38

Chapter 4

Dead in the Water 51

"I Am Not Joking" 59

Chapter 5

Missed Rendezvous 63

"An Admiring and Jealous White Audience" 73

Chapter 6

A New Skipper 79

"The Tuscania's Been Hit" 82

Chapter 7

Steaming for "Rendezvous A" 89

Two Dead Nurses 95

Chapter 8

The Orphans of Brest 101

A Promise of Help-and Micheline's Kisses 105

Chapter 9

POWs and Icebergs 113

Lessons in Trench Warfare 117

Chapter 10

Lost in the Fog 125

Hand Grenades and Brownings 131

Chapter 11

"Blitzkatarrh," or "Flanders Fever" 137

An Even Better Target 141

Chapter 12

U-Boat Attack 147

"Don't Lose Hope-I Beg You" 153

Chapter 13

Submarines and the Sky Pilot 161

"Another Way of Spelling the Word 'American'" 166

Chapter 14

40 Hommes/8 Chevaux 175

The King of Gasses 182

Chapter 15

Two Men Overboard 187

Visiting the Front with FDR 192

Chapter 16

A Near-Death Experience 197

Moving Up to the Front 201

Chapter 17

"Everyone Attack" 215

Fear of a "Flu Trip" 220

Chapter 18

A Bad Wound 223

The Eve of the Flu Voyage 230

Chapter 19

"Kamerad! Kamerad!" 233

Pandemic at Sea 240

Chapter 20

"Funny Little Smile" 247

Burials at Sea 252

Chapter 21

The U'Boats Go Home 257

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month 260

Chapter 22

Partying in Liverpool 273

A Sailor Named Bogart 279

Chapter 23

Journey of the Survivors 283

A Famous Shoreline 288

Chapter 24

"Amid a Silence That Hurt" 293

Chapter 25

Farewell to Arms 297

"I Have Made Plans for Us" 299

Epilogue 305

Acknowledgments 311

Notes 315

Select Bibliography 335

Index 339

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