Down to the Sea
An Epic Story of Naval Disaster and Heroism in World War II
By Bruce Henderson
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061173172, 400pp.)
Publication Date: November 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
This epic story opens at the hour the Greatest Generation went to war on December 7, 1941, and follows four U.S. Navy ships and their crews in the Pacific until their day of reckoning three years later with a far different enemy: a deadly typhoon. In December 1944, while supporting General MacArthur's invasion of the Philippines, Admiral William "Bull" Halsey neglected the Law of Storms, placing the mighty U.S. Third Fleet in harm's way. Drawing on extensive interviews with nearly every living survivor and rescuer, as well as many families of lost sailors, transcripts and other records from naval courts of inquiry, ships' logs, personal letters, and diaries, Bruce Henderson finds some of the story's truest heroes exhibiting selflessness, courage, and even defiance.
Bruce Henderson is the author or coauthor of more than twenty nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller And the Sea Will Tell (with Vincent Bugliosi) and Down to the Sea. A former newspaper and magazine writer, Henderson has taught nonfiction writing at several major universities. He lives in Menlo Park, California.
Praise for AND THE SEA WILL TELL: “Engrossing...compelling. This book succeeds on all counts”
-L.A. Times Book Review
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