The Finest Hours

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The Finest Hours

The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

By Michael Tougias; Casey Sherman

Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9781501127175, 352pp.

Publication Date: December 29, 2015

The story behind the major motion picture from Disney starring Chris Pine, Eric Bana, and Casey Affleck written by a recognized master of the genre a blockbuster account of tragedy at sea ("The Providence Journal").
It's the winter of 1952 and a ferocious Nor easter is pounding New England with howling winds and seventy-foot seas. Two oil tankers get caught in the violent storm off Cape Cod, its fury splitting the massive ships in two. Back on shore, four young Coast Guardsmen are issued a suicide mission: save the lives of the stranded seamen. Sailing a tiny lifeboat into the teeth of the killer storm, the rescue crew soon loses all navigation. With no idea where the stranded seaman are nor how to get back home, the crew stumbles upon the SS "Pendleton" in the darkness. More than thirty hopeful men appear at the wounded ship's railings. Can the tiny lifeboat save them all?
Dripping with suspense and high-stakes human drama, "The Finest Hours" has incredible and astonishing true-to-life heroism and action-packed rescue scenes. This marvelous and terrifying yarn ("Los Angeles Times") deserves a place as a classic of survival at sea ("The Boston Globe").

About the Author
Michael J. Tougias is a syndicated newspaper columnist and the award-winning author of fifteen books. His latest book, "The Blizzard of '78," was a "Boston Globe" bestseller. He is also the coauthor of "King Philip's War" and "There's a Porcupine in My Outhouse" (Best Nature Book of 2003---Independent Publishers Association). He lives in Franklin, Massachusetts.

Casey Sherman is an award winning journalist and bestselling author of six books including "Animal", "A Rose for Mary", "Bad Blood", "Black Irish", and "Black Dragon". He received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Journalistic Excellence as a member of the CBS Boston news team, and has been nominated for an Emmy Award. A featured guest on major television networks and news programs, Sherman has lectured at The National Press Club and the US Coast Guard Command Center in Washington, D.C. He lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts.