Slow Dance to Pearl Harbor: A Tin Can Ensign in Prewar America

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Bill Ruhe lived a unique life in a unique time. Having graduated from Annapolis in 1939, the young ensign set sail in a navy preparing for a war that seemed inevitable. He served on a "tin can," the destroyer Roe, under a tyrannical skipper reminiscent of the erratic captains of The Caine Mutiny and Mister Roberts. The reader will chuckle as Ensign Ruhe and the crew battle, and sometimes outsmart, their overzealous captain, all the time training for the much tougher reality ahead.
Slow Dance to Pearl Harbor is more than an outstanding naval memoir. It's a rich social history of America right before World War II - a period in which civilian society refused to admit to the dangers of the future.

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William J. Ruhe was corporate director of marine programs for submarine manufacturer General Dynamics.

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