- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: B & H Pub Group; First Edition edition (September 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805450009
- ISBN-13: 978-0805450002
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sea of Glory: A Novel Based on the True WWII Story of the Four Chaplains and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester Hardcover – September 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Does factual history make for good fiction? Well, yes and no in this military novel with strong spiritual themes. Father John Washington, Rev. Clark Poling, Pastor George Fox and Rabbi Alex Goode are thrown together on the doomed army transport ship Dorchester in February 1943. As Nazi U-boats lurk just beneath the surface of the western Atlantic, waiting to intercept and destroy ships that pass within torpedo range, spiritual battles take place on board the Dorchester. Not, however, among the clergy. Despite their diverse religious traditions Catholic, Jewish, Methodist and Reformed Protestant the four chaplains find a consistent unity of purpose in boosting the spirits of the military men under their care. Indeed, the spiritual unity is unbelievably idyllic: some disagreement or tension among the four might have made their relationship more convincing. However, the final sacrifice they make based on true accounts is undisputedly inspiring. The novel's strength lies in its detailed depiction of a heavily researched historical event; this is also a weakness, as the reader often feels more like a history pupil than a participant in the adventure. This story might have been better presented as nonfiction. Still, history buffs who prefer a Christian theme in their novels will be happy to find a new offering in the limited pool of titles available to them, and WWII fans will enjoy this retelling of the sinking of the Dorchester.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Amid the secrecy surrounding military transports during World War II, four military chaplains board the U.S.A.T. Dorchester to minister to the 902 soldiers there. George Lansing Fox, a Methodist minister; Alexander D. Goode, a rabbi; Clark V. Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister; and John P. Washington, a Catholic priest, are men of different faiths, ages, and backgrounds drawn together by an unswerving belief in God. As they show their concern and faith each day, they begin to shape a miracle in one man's heart that will blossom on February 3, 1943, the day a German U-boat torpedoes the Dorchester and the chaplains make a final sacrifice for the crew. While the details about the men's lives prior to boarding the Dorchester are rather dry, Poling (a cousin of one of the ministers) and Wales (a screenwriter for the TV show Christy) pack enough emotion into the rest of the novel to more than compensate. For fans of military fiction and the movie Saving Private Ryan.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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American Legion and will continue to do so each year as we remember the Four Immortal Chaplains in a special ceremony.