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Comment: 1956. 192 pages. No dust jacket. Good condition hardback; as expected for age. Covers, boards, pages, and binding are presentable with no major defects. Minor issues may exist such as shelf wear, inscriptions, light foxing and tanning.
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  • Hardcover: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (1956)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007JBM92
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,170,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry Vanerwegen on January 10, 2013
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Novel from which the movie was based. BOTH are recommended. Usual amount of artistic license in the movie. Seeing the movie helped me to visualize the characters.
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I first was introduced to "The Enemy Below" with the movie back in the 80's. It was one of my father's favorite movies, and instantly had become one of mine. It's only 30 years later that I got the bug in me to read the book after watching it a month ago and noting that it was based on a book by D. A Rayner.

The movie was incredible, one of the reasons I really loved it so much. And was surprised to find how much it followed the book.

There are differences though - in the movie, it was a US Naval ship, in the book it's a British Naval ship. But many of the small things I would have expected to either be dropped from the book for the movie, or things I would have expected were added by Hollywood, were actually in both. The seaman who hurts his hand on the destroyer, for example, was only slightly modified. His fingers were severed in the movie, his wrist crushed in the book.

One thing I had thought may have carried over from the book was the defiant singing in the movie of the U-boat's captain and crew, but there was no such scene in the book.

Both book and movie do a fantastic job of letting the audience witness both sides of this heroic battle between the two opposing forces. But the German kapitan in the book is a MUCH more bloodthirsty, sadistic person than the kapitan in the movie, played beautifully by Kurt Jurgens. I'm not sure which version I actually prefer. The book version seems to be more inline with things we've seen from the third reich during WWII, and things I'd seen when I visited the concentration camps in Germany when I lived there in the 80's before then after the wall came down.
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By Louis Sabo on December 8, 2014
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The movie differs slightly from the book, but both are great. There are some military details in the book left out of the movie.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pen pen name on January 20, 2007
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Rare vintage paperback, basis for the Robert Mitchum movie, The Enemy Below. Subtitle: The extraordinary story of a duel between a destroyer and a submarine. Submarines are always a trip.

The 1968 edition, photo above, is sort of a psychotic cover illustration of the 2 protagonists, which is fun.
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