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"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

About the Author

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

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (April 13, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 030681790X
  • ASIN: B002DYJKPM
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,787,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Kershaw is the New York Times best-selling author of several popular WW11 titles. He is a British born journalist.

Please visit alexkershaw.com for his full bio and some great web-sites devoted to his books. He would be happy to answer any questions and sign books and help in any other way.

You can also catch up with him and his work at his facebook page - alex kershaw, author's page.

He blogs at www.alexkershawauthor.com and provides video/images/posts on facebook.



THE LIBERATOR Q&A

What inspired you to write the book?

I was researching a story about men who liberated the camps in WW11. I came across an extraordinary photograph which showed a young American officer, Felix Sparks, firing his pistol into the air on 29 April 1945. He is in a coal-yard at Dachau, which he has just liberated, and some of his men have opened fire on SS soldiers. He is firing his pistol and shouting to make them stop. The image captures an amazing moment of incredible humanity when one considers that Sparks had by then spent over 500 days in brutalizing combat, losing an entire company at Anzio and a battalion to the SS, since landing on the first day of the invasion of Europe. Most people would not have stopped the killing of such evil men, just minutes after discovering the full horrors of Hitler's first concentration camp. I had to meet this man and in 2007 I interviewed him, literally on his death-bed. No other American fought for longer or suffered more to free more people from the greatest evil of modern times.


- What surprised you the most during the writing process?

I was often astonished by the sheer violence and trauma endured by the so-called Greatest Generation. Over 150,000 mostly working-class Americans died to liberate Europe. Hundreds of thousands came home and never talked about it. Why would you want to recount what felt like being in a terrible car crash each day? I interviewed many men who served with and under Sparks and because they opened up to me I was struck over and over by how great their suffering had been. None came home unbroken. They all paid a huge price if they were in combat.

- What would you be doing if you weren't a writer?

I'd be a retired banker, sipping cocktails in St. Lucia, lazily scanning the Wall Street Journal to see how my investments, taxed at almost nothing, are doing. Sadly, l decided to try to do something a little more interesting....

- What else are you reading right now?

I am utterly absorbed in the Civil War and Revolutionary War America - my son is studying these periods at middle school. It's hugely colorful history. Even as an expat "limey" who has lived here for twenty years I'm astonished by how radical the idea was that all men should be equal before the law, not subjects of a king. As concerns the Civil War, Michael Shara's The Killer Angels is amazing. The Civil War has not ended of course - just look at the red and blue states.

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I found this book a great and easy read.
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Escape From the Deep is beautifuly written as Kershaw gives you a glimse into the last days of the Tang and the fight of its crew!
Andi
His writing style brings you into the story and you become drawn in to the people and circumstancesyou are reading about.
Virginia Clinebell

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wesley M. Burritt on May 8, 2013
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Kershaw nails it again with a concise and fast reading history. This book actually made me feel the fear these men felt trapped in the submarine and their ordeal as POW's. The escape from the sub is terrifying and moving at the same time. I have more respect for submariners now and the sacrifices they made. I know I would not have volunteered for the "silent service". Thanks again for another great read Mr. Kershaw!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By otto0713 on January 25, 2012
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A vivid and accurate re-telling of Captain Richard O'Kane's WW II legacy that brings the reader into an ever increasing awareness of the brutalities of both the Submariners life in combat and the after capture existence as a POW by the Japanese.
This one should be read by anyone interested in Submarine warfare and tactics. That period in our heritage is one of intense and unimaginable suffering. War is certainly an ugly part of the twentieth century and doesn't seem to be going away. Our awareness of this cannot be overstated. For that it rates my five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Clinebell on May 9, 2011
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Alex Kershaw is an extroidnary writer. His research is extensive and factual.Escape From the Deep, as well as any book by Mr.Kershaw is a must read. His writing style brings you into the story and you become drawn in to the people and circumstancesyou are reading about.
Bravo Alex Kershaw!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Otis James Allen on March 15, 2014
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I read this for a 400 level WWII class. It was the only book of the entire reading list that I read it in one sitting. It was that enthralling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth N. Van Loon on July 6, 2010
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Great read, wonderful reminder of sacrifice and courage. Highly recommend for history and adventure fans alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Lee on June 22, 2014
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What a story! I didn't know of the USS Tang until this book. What a heroic group of men. Don't miss it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ProjectValhala on March 28, 2014
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Half of the book is about the USS Tang and it's exploits against Japanese shipping, it's captain and the crew.
After the sinking of the sub, the other half of the book covers the pain and humiliation that the few surviving crew had to undergo as POWs in Japan.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Appraiser Steve on November 14, 2013
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An excellent read if you want to know what surviving a submarine sinking and enemy capture would be like. It is amazing that any of these men survived.
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