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By October, 1944, the U.S. Navy submarine Tang was legendary-she had sunk more enemy ships, rescued more downed airmen, and pulled off more daring surface attacks than any other Allied submarine in the Pacific. And then, on her fifth patrol, tragedy struck-the Tang was hit by one of her own faulty torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stay alive in their submerged iron coffin” one hundred-eighty feet beneath the surface. While the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges, just nine of the original eighty-man crew survived a harrowing ascent through the escape hatch. But a far greater ordeal was coming. After being picked up by a Japanese patrol vessel, they were sent to a secret Japanese interrogation camp known as the Torture Farm.” They were close to death when finally liberated in August, 1945, but they had revealed nothing to the Japanese-not even the greatest secret of World War II.

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Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, and The Few, and two biographies: Jack London and Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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"Popular historian Kershaw ("The Bedford Boys") chronicles the extraordinary WWII heroism of the crew of the USS "Tang," the deadliest submarine operating in the Pacific, in this spellbinding saga. The "Tang"'s captain, Cmdr. Richard O' Kane, was a celebrated maverick whose contempt for the enemy was absolute. He was offered the opportunity to operate alone in the dangerous Formosa Strait, and the boat's crew sank 13 ships on one of the most destructive patrols of the war. But the last torpedo malfunctioned and boomeranged on the "Tang," killing half the crew instantly and sinking the sub. The explosion threw O' Kane and several others into the ocean, but most of the rest were trapped below; only nine of 87 survived. They were picked up by a Japanese patrol boat and taken to a POW camp, tortured and starved. O' Kane, who earned the Medal of Honor, weighed only 88 pounds when liberated. Relying on interviews with survivors and oral histories, and writing with his customary verve, Kershaw delivers another memorable tale of uncommon courage."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review "This tremendous read...shouldn't be missed."--"Boston Herald" 5/7/08 "Kershaw's vivid account of heroism and survival is so riveting, it can only be so long before Hollywood scoops it up to adapt for the big screen."--"Entertainment Weekly" 5/9/08 "Kershaw has researched exhaustively, including interviewing the last two living survivors, and written compactly the portrait of nine Americans who rose to heroism and of a ship that well deserved its status--it was the most successful combat sub in the Pacific theater--as a legend in the naval history of World War II."--"Booklist" ""Escape from the Deep" is a must read for any submariner."--SubmarineResearch.com "A "page-turner" that tells a "riveting story." Alex Kershaw is "a raconteur [with] a screenwriter's style that's most intimate and spellbinding...damn-the-torpedoes storytelling."--"USA Today""A stirring story of the human spirit"--"Rocky Mountain News" 5/29/08 "Told in action adventure prose...Alex Kershaw's "Escape from the Deep" moves crisply from scene to scene, shifting points of view and time sequences to keep the survival narrative front and center... Kershaw does a good job of honoring an interesting subsection of the Greatest Generation."--"Portland Oregonian" 5/25/08 "This harrowing story of one sub's deadly fate is an eloquent tribute to the extraordinary courage of the sailors of the silent service."--Military.com, 5/14/08"Kershaw's account reveals, with nail-biting tension, how the Navy sub was sunk by its own torpedo on its final mission, forcing a handful of survivors into a bold and terrifying escape."--"Kirkus" Big Books Issue ""Escape from the Deep" showcases the human spirit."--"Manitowic Times Reporter""Writing purposefully about The War and showing the normalcy that preceded it...[Kershaw] enriched our macro understanding of Armageddon by focusing on the micro, the particular, the individual. Kudos!"--"Washington Times," 5/11/08

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