NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from James D. Hornfischer's Neptune's Inferno. qSon, weare going to Hell.q The navigator of the USS Houston confided these prophetic words to a young officer as he and his captain charted a course into U.S. naval legend. Renowned as FDRas favorite warship, the cruiser USS Houston was a prize target trapped in the far Pacific after Pearl Harbor. Without hope of reinforcement, her crew faced a superior Japanese force ruthlessly committed to total conquest. It wasnat a fair fight, but the men of the Houston would wage it to the death. Hornfischer brings to life the awesome terror of nighttime naval battles that turned decks into strobe-lit slaughterhouses, the deadly rain of fire from Japanese bombers, and the almost superhuman effort of the crew as they miraculously escaped disaster again and againauntil their luck ran out during a daring action in Sunda Strait. There, hopelessly outnumbered, the Houston was finally sunk and its survivors taken prisoner. For more than three years their fate would be a mystery to families waiting at home. In the brutal privation of jungle POW camps dubiously immortalized in such films as The Bridge on the River Kwai, the war continued for the men of the Houstonaa life-and-death struggle to survive forced labor, starvation, disease, and psychological torture. Here is the gritty, unvarnished story of the infamous BurmaaThailand Death Railway glamorized by Hollywood, but which in reality mercilessly reduced men to little more than animals, who fought back against their dehumanization with dignity, ingenuity, sabotage, willapoweraand the undying faith that their country would prevail. Using journals and letters, rare historical documents, including testimony from postwar Japanese war crimes tribunals, and the eyewitness accounts of Houstonas survivors, James Hornfischer has crafted an account of human valor so riveting and awe-inspiring, itas easy to forget that every single word is true.NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from James D. Hornfischera#39;s Neptunea#39;s Inferno.
|Title||:||Ship of Ghosts|
|Author||:||James D. Hornfischer|
|Publisher||:||Bantam - 2009-03-25|