In the early morning darkness of August 2, 1943, a Japanese destroyer sliced an American PT boat in two, leaving its crew for dead in a flaming sea. The boat's skipper was John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Swimming into darkness and seriously injured, Kennedy led his men through a grueling three miles to the safety of a small island, towing one badly burned crewman the whole way. Over the next three days, he repeatedly risked his life to summon help until he finally secured his crew's rescue. He lost only two men.
In PT 109, journalist Robert Donovan vividly re-creates these events, as well as a later daring night operation in which Kennedy, skippering another boat, braved heavy enemy gunfire to pluck fifty men from the water and carry them to safety.
This audio of Donovan's classic includes a new foreword from Daniel Schorr, a new preface by the author, and a new afterword by World War II naval historian Duane Hove. Here for a new generation is a compelling glimpse of the values of service and duty that characterized America during the war years, as fresh and timely now as when it was published forty years ago.
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"To me, it has always been one of the great war stories of all time."--Senator Edward M. Kennedy
In the early morning darkness of August 2, 1943, in the waters of Blackett Strait in the Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri sliced an American PT boat in two, leaving its crew for dead in a flaming sea. Over the next three days, the boat's skipper, a boyish lieutenant from Boston named John Fitzgerald Kennedy, repeatedly risked his life in an effort to summon help until he finally secured his crew's rescue.
First published to wide critical acclaim in 1961, Robert Donovan's timeless classic tells the complete, harrowing story of PT 109 and her crew. This 40th anniversary edition includes a foreword from Daniel Schorr, a preface by the author recounting the circumstances of the book's creation, and an afterword by World War II naval historian Duane Hove portraying the broader context for PT boat operations in the South Pacific. Here for a new generation of readers is a compelling glimpse of the values of service and duty that characterized America during the war years, as fresh and timely now as when it was published forty years ago.
"In PT 109 we see a man assailed by hunger, heat, cold, discouragement and danger rising, without dramatics or posturing, to greatness."--New York Times Book Review
"A tense, tough and intelligent story of wartime adventure and heroism."--San Francisco ChronicleAbout the Author:
Robert J. Donovan was Chief of the Washington Bureau of the New York Tribune. He has written numerous books, including the bestselling Eisenhower: The Inside Story; and Tumultuous Years, a two-volume history of the Truman presidency. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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