The Terrible Hours

The Terrible Hours : The Greatest Submarine Rescue in History

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On the eve of World War II, the Squalus, America's newest submarine, plunged into the North Atlantic. Miraculously, thirty-three crew members still survived. While their loved ones waited in unbearable tension on shore, their ultimate fate would depend upon one man, U.S. Navy officer Charles "Swede" Momsen -- an extraordinary combination of visionary, scientist, and man of action. In this thrilling true narrative, prize-winning author Peter Maas brings us in the vivid detail a moment-by-moment account of the disaster and the man at its center. Could he actually pluck those men from a watery grave? Or had all his pioneering work been in vain?
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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060932775
  • 9780060932770
  • 2,163,350

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"Peter Maas has given us a suspenseful tale of terror, courage, heroism and American military genius. I couldn't put it down."--Tom Brokaw"Mr. Maas...proves once again there is little he cannot achieve with the written word."--"New York Times Book Review" "Peter Maas offers insights only the best reporters can unearth."--"Boston Globe" "Each time I pick up Maas, I feel that I have been given a backstage pass to an American moment."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review""Thrilling...breathlessly written."--"Washington Post"A white-knuckle read."--"Publishers Weekly"Riveting."--"Vanity Fair"A thrilling tale of naval heroism."--"Associated Press"Take a deep breath before diving into this Navy rescue."--"Life magazine"Suspenseful."--"Chicago Tribune"Gripping."--"New York Times Book Review"Thrilling....A wonderful book...a harrowing tale of suspense."--"Portland Oregonian"Heroic."--"Washington Post Book World"Riveting."--"Boston Globe
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2 3% (60)
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