The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

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This novel details moment by moment a trans-Atlantic convoy cruise during World War II. Vividly described with the accuracy of nonfiction are the complex manoeuvres with which the convoy commander shepherds his close-packed flock of 37 escorts and tankers as they evade or occasionally destroy the deadly U-boats of Hitler's infamous wolf packs. The reader experiences the action from the perspective of the man who alone bears the ultimate responsibility for the fates of the 3,000 men under his command, as well as countless other lives dependent upon the safe arrival of the convoy's cargo; this novel explores the decision-making process of the commander who must thoroughly analyze all the tactical and moral element of each situation yet act in seconds with unflinching decisiveness.

From start to finish it is a suspenseful, compelling account of naval training, seamanship, and self-discipline put to the ultimate test. The novel was widely acclaimed for its authenticity, accuracy, and detail.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 146.56 x 215.39 x 29.97mm | 521.63g
  • Annopolis, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0870212303
  • 9780870212307
  • 1,620,994

About C. S. Forester

C. S. Forester (1899-1966) wrote several novels with military and naval themes, including The African Queen, The Barbary Pirates, The General, The Good Shepherd, The Gun, The Last Nine Days of the ""Bismarck,"" and Rifleman Dodd. But Forester is best known as the creator of Horatio Hornblower, a British naval genius of the Napoleonic era, whose exploits he chronicled in a series of eleven acclaimed historical novels.

Born in Cairo, Forester grew up in London. At the start of World War II he travelled on behalf of the British government to America, where he produced propaganda encouraging the United States to remain on Britain's side. After the War, Forester remained in America and made Berkeley, California, his home.
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1,236 ratings
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4 38% (474)
3 17% (208)
2 3% (42)
1 1% (17)
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