- Hardcover: 270 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st edition (April 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306815192
- ISBN-13: 978-0306815195
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Escape From The Deep: The Epic Story of a Legendary Submarine and Her Courageous Crew Hardcover – April 29, 2008
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Starred Review. Popular historian Kershaw (The Bedford Boys) chronicles the extraordinary WWII heroism of the crew of the USS Tang, the deadliest submarine operating in the Pacific, in this spellbinding saga. The Tang's captain, Cmdr. Richard O'Kane, was a celebrated maverick whose contempt for the enemy was absolute. He was offered the opportunity to operate alone in the dangerous Formosa Strait, and the boat's crew sank 13 ships on one of the most destructive patrols of the war. But the last torpedo malfunctioned and boomeranged on the Tang, killing half the crew instantly and sinking the sub. The explosion threw O'Kane and several others into the ocean, but most of the rest were trapped below; only nine of 87 survived. They were picked up by a Japanese patrol boat and taken to a POW camp, tortured and starved. O'Kane, who earned the Medal of Honor, weighed only 88 pounds when liberated. Relying on interviews with survivors and oral histories, and writing with his customary verve, Kershaw delivers another memorable tale of uncommon courage. 16 pages of b&w photos. 100,000 first printing; 10-city author tour.(May)
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An expert in the history of small military units (e.g., The Bedford Boys, 2003) tackles his smallest unit yet: the nine survivors of the USS Tang, a submarine sunk off the China coast in 1944 by a circular run of her own last torpedo. The survivors included both those, among them Captain Richard O’Kane, who were washed off the bridge when she sank and those who swam up from 180 feet down to join their comrades in surviving until morning. Picked up by the Japanese and subjected to nearly a year of exceptionally brutal treatment, all nine lived to return home and resume their lives, despite physical and psychological scars. Kershaw has researched exhaustively, including interviewing the last two living survivors, and written compactly the portrait of nine Americans who rose to heroism and of a ship that well deserved its status—it was the most successful combat sub in the Pacific theater—as a legend in the naval history of World War II. --Roland Green
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It’s hard to express what exactly sticks in my mind, because all of it does. These brave men were daring. Perhaps history should be taught more with books like this rather than from a textbook, because it makes it much more real. I would love to go the museum sometime though I am sure it would be an emotional journey, one I would never forget!
Until then, I highly recommend reading books that share about the lives of those in service to our country that we may never be able to thank because they are gone now. However, if we can share the stories of these brave men and their families, we can be reminded of the high cost our freedoms come with and be more thankful. Alex Kershaw has written other books and I plan to read more to share with my sons who love history too! I think Alex’s gift of sharing these true hero stories is wonderful as we sometime forget what a true hero is and isn’t in the society in which we live.
My deepest thanks to all who have, are and will serve in the armed forces!
Ironically after 9 men managed to survive they were soon captured and a new horror began.This book chronicles that life,their subsequent rescue and many personal stories which prove the validity of this book.For instance 1 man is on the verge of rescue on the beach after imprisonment only to die at the last possible moment.
Another story in the book is where a us commander opened fire on Japanese survivors adrift in rafts.This and other events I have read about by Americans such as I goes to prove we Americans are sometimes just as hideous in our nature to our fellow human being,s as other people of this world,not just the Germans ,Russians,and the Japanese.Truth,s like these which show the bad side of the story only prove that this book has truth and was well documented by 25 pages of notes,a complete index ,many pictures of the survivors and their life after rescue.
[...]---is a list of all crew members and survivors of this ill fated submarine name U.S.S.Tang--May these brave men who died for my America rest in peace eternally.