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So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival during World War II

Michael J. Tougias

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ISBN 10: 1504714083 / ISBN 13: 9781504714082
Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2016
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Title: So Close to Home: A True Story of an ...

Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: MP3 CD

Book Condition:New

Edition: Unabridged MP3CD.

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[Read by Elijah Alexander]

A true story of men and women pitted against the sea during World War II -- and an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit.

On May 19, 1942, a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey fifty miles away from New Orleans. Captained by 29-year-old Iron Cross recipient Erich Wurdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with fifty-nine souls on board. Most of the crew were merchant seamen, but there were also a handful of civilians, including the Downs family, consisting of the parents, Ray Sr. and Ina, along with their two children, eight-year-old Ray Jr., nicknamed ''Sonny,'' and eleven-year-old Lucille. Fast asleep in their berths, the Downs family had no notice that two torpedoes were heading their way. When the ship exploded, Ina and Lucille became separated from Ray Sr. and Sonny.

An inspiring historical narrative, So Close to Home tells the story of the Downs family as they struggle against sharks, hypothermia, drowning, and dehydration in their effort to survive the aftermath of this deadly attack off the American coast.

About the Author:

Michael J. Tougias is the author of more than ten books, including Overboard!, The Finest Hours (with Casey Sherman), Fatal Forecast, and Ten Hours until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy aboard the Can Do. He is a sought-after lecturer who gives more than seventy presentations each year. He lives in Massachusetts.

Alison O'Leary is a former reporter for the Boston Globe, a magazine editor, and a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in publications across the country.

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