Vanished : The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II

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Praised by Robert Kurson, Philipp Meyer, Hampton Sides, Michael Paterniti, and many others "A powerful story, masterfully told." "GQ" "[A] deeply textured, propulsive new book...a phenomenal writer." "" "Marries an almost cinematically well-paced narrative with a deep sensitivity to the people whose lives it tells." "The Boston Globe" "Superb... Part Pacific Theater history, part Indiana Jones thriller." "Newsday" As featured on NPR's"Weekend Edition" and "The Diane Rehm Show" In the fall of 1944, a massive American bomber carrying eleven men vanished over the Pacificislands of Palau, leaving a trail of mysteries. According to mission reports from the Army Air Forces, the plane crashed in shallow water but when investigators went to find it, the wreckage wasn't there. Witnesses saw the crew parachute to safety, yet the airmen were never seen again. Some of their relatives whispered that they had returned to the United States in secret and lived in hiding. But they never explained why. For sixty years, the U.S. government, the children of the missing airmen, and a maverick team of scientists and scuba divers searched theislands for clues. They trolled the water with side-scan sonar, conducted grid searches on the seafloor, crawled through thickets of mangrove and poison trees, and flew over the islands in small planes to shoot infrared photography. With every clue they found, the mystery only deepened. Now, in a spellbinding narrative, Wil S. Hylton weaves together the true story of the missing men, their final mission, the families they left behind, and the real reason their disappearance remained shrouded in secrecy for so long. This is a story of love, loss, sacrifice, and faith of the undying hope among the families of the missing, and the relentless determination of scientists, explorers, archaeologists, and deep-sea divers to solve one of the enduring mysteries of World War II."show more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps, frontispiece
  • 1594487278
  • 9781594487279
  • 403,042

About Wil S Hylton

Wil S. Hylton is a contributing writer at "The New York Times Magazine." He lives in more

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Praise for Wil S. Hylton " Wil is not only a tenacious reporter, he's also a gifted storyteller. . . . By now you should know that when you see Wil's byline on a piece, it doesn't really matter what it's about. Just read it."--Hugo Lindgren, "The New York Times Magazine" " There is no boosterism or puffery in saying that Wil Hylton is one of the best journalists working today. I never read a piece of his that doesn't transport me and teach me something. But this story needed to be bigger, needed to be a book, and in order to tell it Hylton became an even better writer." --John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of "Pulphead"show more