Down to the Sea: An Epic Story of Naval Disaster and Heroism in World War II (Paperback)
This epic story opens at the hour the Greatest Generation went to war on December 7, 1941, and follows four U.S. Navy ships and their crews in the Pacific until their day of reckoning three years later with a far different enemy: a deadly typhoon. In December 1944, while supporting General MacArthur's invasion of the Philippines, Admiral William "Bull" Halsey neglected the Law of Storms, placing the mighty U.S. Third Fleet in harm's way. Drawing on extensive interviews with nearly every living survivor and rescuer, as well as many families of lost sailors, transcripts and other records from naval courts of inquiry, ships' logs, personal letters, and diaries, Bruce Henderson finds some of the story's truest heroes exhibiting selflessness, courage, and even defiance.
About the Author
Bruce Henderson is the author or coauthor of more than twenty nonfiction books, including "True North". He served as a U.S. Seventh Fleet weatherman aboard an aircraft carrier in the Vietnam War, during which his ship rode out a typhoon in the South China Sea. Henderson, who teaches writing at Stanford University, lives in Menlo Park, California.
Praise for AND THE SEA WILL TELL: “Engrossing...compelling. This book succeeds on all counts”
-L.A. Times Book Review
Praise for TRUE NORTH: “Nail-biting true adventure”
Praise for TRUE NORTH: “A masterful job”
-San Francisco Chronicle