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The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue by [Tougias, Michael J., Sherman, Casey]
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“This book captures the wit, grit and sacrifice of Coasties and their boats.” --Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A blockbuster account of tragedy at sea.”
--The Providence Journal

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The true story of an incredible disaster and heroic rescue at sea told by two masterful storytellers.

In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril.

In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with "dirty steel," and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic's mercy.

The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships. Coast Guard cutters raced to the aid of those on the Fort Mercer, and when it became apparent that the halves of the Pendleton were in danger of capsizing, the Guard sent out two thirty-six-foot lifeboats as well. These wooden boats, manned by only four seamen, were dwarfed by the enormous seventy-foot seas. As the tiny rescue vessels set out from the coast of Cape Cod, the men aboard were all fully aware that they were embarking on what could easily become a suicide mission.

The spellbinding tale is overflowing with breathtaking scenes that sear themselves into the mind's eye, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle for survival.

Not all of the eighty-four men caught at sea in the midst of that brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, it's a miracle—and a testament to their bravery—that any came home to tell their tales at all.

Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman have seamlessly woven together their extensive research and firsthand interviews to create an unforgettable tale of heroism, triumph, and tragedy, one that truly tells of the Coast Guard's finest hours.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1800 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Media Tie-In edition (May 7 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028S3WIY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This review is for the hardcover edition measuring 9 1/2 X 6 1/4 having 204 pages and 8 photo pages.
O.K. I might as well confess that usually I'm not a fan of American written accounts of American events on account of the constant flag-waving and hero worship.
This book, however is a SOLID no-holds-barred true account of a Coast Guard rescue operation n the winter of 1952.
2 oil tankers...the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer BOTH found themselves foundering in a massive storm off Cape Cod.
Built from what was, even then, called 'dirty steel' these quickly thrown together tankers had been hastily built for the wartime effort where numbers of craft were more relevant than the lasting quality well known to shipyards on the Atlantic coast.
Well recognized as weak and liable to break in two it was the misfortune of these two ships....these two captains and these two crews to suffer that fate early in the morning of February 18, 1952.
Several men were lost IMMEDIATELY as the ship opened up and with a massive crash...split into 2 pieces....both floating and both containing crew members.
Before the coast Guard knew about it reports began to float in and it was a long while before they knew that a ship had split in two......AND EVEN LONGER before the incredible realization that not 1 but 2 ships had suffered the same fate.
Brave men in wooden boats ventured out onto the storm-tossed seas to try and find and then rescue the men aboard.
This book is without a doubt a true PAGE-TURNER and the authors are to be commended on the skilful way they permit the story to unfold.
One of the best books I have read in years I look forward to more work by these 2 authors.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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I know I will love this book as I have read a couple of his now. Just haven't had time to read it yet.
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A very moving story!
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Very good
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awesome
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