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Product Details

  • Series: Bluejacket Books
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 1st edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557503621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557503626
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best account to date of America's early war against the U-Boat." Journal of Military History

"Homer Hickam is a gifted storyteller...the reader is transported back to those crucial battles at sea to live and die with those seamen." Times-Herald, Newport News, Va.

"A dramatic end detailed account." West Coast Review of Books --Journal of Military History

From the Inside Flap

SLAUGHTER AT SEA--JUST MILES FROM U.S. SOIL!

In 1942 German U-boats turned the shipping lanes off Cape Hatteras into a sea of death. Cruising up and down the U.S. eastern seaboard, they sank 259 ships, littering the waters with cargo and bodies. As astonished civilians witnessed explosions from American beaches, fighting men dubbed the area "Torpedo Junction." And while the U.S. Navy failed to react, a handful of Coast Guard sailors scrambled to the front lines. Outgunned and out-maneuvered, they heroically battled the deadliest fleet of submarines ever launched. Never was Germany closer to winning the war.

In a moving ship-by-ship account of terror and rescue at sea, Homer Hickam chronicles a little-known saga of courage, ingenuity, and triumph in the early years of World War II. From nerve-racking sea duels to the dramatic ordeals of sailors and victims on both sides of the battle, Hickam dramatically captures a war we had to win--because this one hit terrifyingly close to home. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Homer Hickam (also known as Homer H. Hickam, Jr.) is probably best known for his award-winning memoir Rocket Boys which was adapted into the ever-popular movie October Sky. Mr. Hickam has been a coal miner, Vietnam combat veteran, scuba instructor, NASA engineer, and now a best-selling author. For more information, please go to http://www.homerhickam.com.

Customer Reviews

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I highly recommend this book for any history buff, particularly WWII buffs.
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Thoroughly researched and well written.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on November 8, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Torpedo Junction was an area off the eastern coast of the United States. During World War II, a handfull of German U-Boats sunk more tonnage than the Japanese fleet sunk in the pacific. War material being transfered across the ocean was the target and many items were lost. In the first days alone, one U-Boat sunk just under ten transports before returning to reload.
This part of the war is largely unknown, but played a crusial part in the war.
Homer Hickam wrote out this book wonderfully, making it seem if you were right there with the submarine commanders in battle. What I found interesting about the book is the detail and accuracy of the book. Hickam used sources from the commanders to military officials to write this, providing a complete and accurate history of the U-Boat wars.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2003
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Torpedo Junction is one of the most exciting and action filled books I have read. It covers the early U-boat war off the East coast. I could not believe that the U-boats were doing so much damage to the U.S. shipping lanes and how long it took the U.S. Navy to do something about it: examples; Ships running with their running lights on at night, no black outs laws for towns and city's located up and down the coast line, ships being able to run by themselves instead of in convoys like the British had already suggested. This book was really hard to put down. A ton of action for only $.... I would buy this book again!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2003
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I read Hickam's The Keeper's Son first then noticed in the back where he mentioned writing this book, too. It is the true story behind The Keeper's Son and what a story it is! Like the other reviewers, I never realized the tremendous damage the u-boats caused along our shores. The book, Hickam's first, is written with such skill, it seems like you're right there on those little cutters or the con of the u-boats. High recommended for all those interested in World War II or true sea tales.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards on November 21, 2004
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In the 1940's, an entire war was fought within sight of America's East Coast, and most of America never knew it. In `Torpedo Junction,' Homer Hickam brings that war alive. Put out to sea with the men who fought, and bled, and died, defending America from a threat we weren't even aware of. This book is more than a history of America's coastal war with Germany; it's also one hell of a great read.

Jeff Edwards, Author of "Torpedo: A Surface Warfare Thriller"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on September 24, 1999
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This is a great, page-turning history (It's always a thrill find one of these) of little-known U-boat engagements against merchant shipping off the Atlantic coast at the beginning of WWII.
Nearing the 3/4 point in Mr. Hickam's book, I took last night off to view the film, "Das Boot," a well-researched German-produced film about a WWII U-boat and crew. Don't get me wrong. The book is incredible, but if you want to spice up the experience even more, "Torpedo Junction" and "Das Boot" (The Boat) make excellent symbiotic entertainment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By clare mcguire on August 5, 2013
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I lived in Cape May for years...visited the battery there at the point..and now understand the reason for it.....the things you aren't taught in history class
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2000
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Torpedo Junction is the best book about men at war on the high seas I've ever read. And I'm a naval history buff! The author is the same Homer Hickam who wrote Rocket Boys and then the subject of the movie October Sky. How he came to write this book I have no idea but he did a great job!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gil Marr on May 14, 2014
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Torpedo Junction was my first in depth window into the submarine terror that was submerged just off the American Atlantic coast during World War II. Homer is able to put the reader onboard the USCG ships as the commanders realize the extent of the submarine assault and begin to take steps to protect merchant ships while developing techniques for harassing and destroying the U-boats.

The facts of the battles are solid and presented in a narrative that brings them to life in the imagination of the reader.

This chapter of World War II is, perhaps, the least known. Most Americans believe the war took place in Europe and in the Pacific. Torpedo Junction drives home the fact that the Germans were on our coast and in our harbors while the populations of the cities were oblivious to the devastating attacks taking place.
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