Escape from the Deep by Alex Kershaw
A True Story of Courage and Survival During World War II

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Kershaw has a screenwriter's style that's most intimate and spellbinding in portraying the trapped survivors' nightmare inside the Tang 180 feet below and their history-making escape that landed them in yet another nightmare as prisoners of war.
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In the early morning hours of October 24, 1944, the legendary U.S. Navy submarine Tang was hit by one of its own faulty torpedoes. The survivors of the explosion struggled to stay alive one hundred-eighty feet beneath the surface, while the Japanese dropped deadly depth charges. As the air ran out, some of the crew made a daring ascent through the escape hatch. In the end, just nine of the original eighty-man crew survived.

But the survivors were beginning a far greater ordeal. After being picked up by the Japanese, they were sent to an interrogation camp known as the “Torture Farm.” When they were liberated in 1945, they were close to death, but they had revealed nothing to the Japanese, including the greatest secret of World War II.

With the same heart-pounding narrative drive that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw brings to life this incredible story of survival and endurance.

 

About Alex Kershaw

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Alex Kershaw is the New York Times bestselling author of several books on World War II, including The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
 
Published April 14, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 305 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Don Oldenburg on May 19 2008

Kershaw has a screenwriter's style that's most intimate and spellbinding in portraying the trapped survivors' nightmare inside the Tang 180 feet below and their history-making escape that landed them in yet another nightmare as prisoners of war.

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