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The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue Paperback – April 13, 2010
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In a 1952 nor’easter, the distress of two ships off Cape Cod initiated a dramatic Coast Guard operation recounted here by coauthors Tougias and Sherman. Both vessels were World War II surplus, cheaply built, unwisely kept in service, and broken in two by the storm. All four halves floated, for the moment, and the authors’ narrative accordingly tracks four separate search-and-rescue efforts that form the complete story. The most prominent, in the press at the time and in official honors conferred afterward, concerned one motorized lifeboat, a puny 36 feet long and manned by four men, dispatched to do battle with the maelstrom’s towering waves. This is the seascape of The Perfect Storm, and the authors do justice to the peril in a tight account of the action. Plotting the course of CG36500, the utilitarian name of the lifeboat captained by Bernie Webber (interviewed for this book), Tougias and Sherman reach their peak of tension in the sink-or-swim moments when mariners abandoned ship and chanced their lives on their rescuers’ skill and bravery. An excellent entry in the disaster-at-sea genre. --Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
“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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BUT, having read it and gotten most of the way through before I realized it was for kids, I would still say this is an excellent kids book. would recommend at around age 11 or 12 kids might find this interesting. A good gift if you are in to giving kids books for gifts.
This edition is for young readers, but is perfectly suitable for adults as well: the interview with the authors at the end clarifies what was removed from this version (largely technical information on the construction methods used in building oil tankers, etc.) As it is this version is eminently readable and thoroughly engrossing. Buy whichever version you prefer, but don't miss out on this incredible and incredibly well written tale of the sea.
It all makes for a bit of a mess. There are chapters that really drag, as when the authors report on the findings of the post-rescue board of inquiry. The writing is bogged down by long sections of maritime jargon.
There are continuity problems, too. On several occasions, the book mentions a nautical term, like hawser, without explaining what it is. Then later in the book, an explanation appears.
Finally, the book ends on a really depressing note. The rescuers didn't really want the attention they received and in later years didn't share their exploits with their families. They just seemed to want to bury the past, but were also haunted by the experience. How unfortunate.