No Greater Glory: The Four Immortal Chaplains and the Sinking of the Dorchester in World War II

By Dan Kurzman
Read by William Dufris

6.77 Hours 03/01/2006 unabridged
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During the night of February 3, 1943, a torpedo shattered the side of the SS Dorchester off the coast of Greenland. The 904 men aboard, who would certainly have drowned, were saved, thanks to the tremendous bravery of the four chaplains aboard: the Reverend George L. Fox (Methodist), the Reverend Clark V. Poling (Dutch Reformed), Father John P. Washington (Roman Catholic), and Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) who distributed life jackets to the troops, including, in the end, their own. No Greater Glory is a riveting story of four men of God who came from different backgrounds but found common ground in courageously serving God and country.

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During the night of February 3, 1943, a torpedo shattered the side of the SS Dorchester off the coast of Greenland. The 904 men aboard, who would certainly have drowned, were saved, thanks to the tremendous bravery of the four chaplains aboard: the Reverend George L. Fox (Methodist), the Reverend Clark V. Poling (Dutch Reformed), Father John P. Washington (Roman Catholic), and Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) who distributed life jackets to the troops, including, in the end, their own. No Greater Glory is a riveting story of four men of God who came from different backgrounds but found common ground in courageously serving God and country.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The chaplains have been commemorated over the years in various media but never in so comprehensive a fashion as in Kurzman’s book. His research of primary documents associated with each chaplain’s life and religious career and interviews of people who knew them pays off in a narrative that not only recalls the men’s personalities but also the quality of their faith in God…movingly commemorated in this poignant account, which is bound to connect with spiritually minded readers.” Booklist
“A moving, memorable episode in WWII naval history…carefully detailed and very well narrated: a fine tonic for those weary of sectarian division.” Kirkus Reviews
No Greater Glory flows like a novel and reminds the reader that the foundation of most religions in love, not hatred. Well written and highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Tone carries a lot of weight in William Dufris’ reading. He doesn’t do individual voices but ably sets the appropriate mood with inflection, whether he’s voicing a wife’s memories of her late husband or an official report. The package bears the men’s likenesses as seen at the Pentagon Chapel.” AudioFile
“Former Washington Post correspondent Kurzman follows the men from their enlistments to that fateful night, detailing their families and travails along the way. The result is the fullest reckoning yet for the men who have become known as the ‘Four Immortal Chaplains,’ who have previously been commemorated by the US Postal Service, with a stamp issued in their honor.” Publishers Weekly 
“An intensely personal moving account of the events and personalities involved in the catastrophe and its clouded aftermath.” Sea Power
“The story of the Four Immortal Chaplains once occupied a place in the American patriotic imagination alongside Valley Forge and Gerrysburg…[Today their] deeds in 1943 still inspire.” Chicago Tribune
“Kurzman has done his homework, yet avoids overwhelming readers with details…The book reads like a novel, tracing the path of faith that led each chaplain to that fateful night.” Houston Chronicle
“Kurzman takes this gigantic tragedy and tells it in very personal terms…The writing style is compelling…Kurzman records dozens of tales of heroism, large and small. One can only marvel at the superhuman feats man is capable of in times of crisis.” Indianapolis Star
“A story of courage and high ideals…The shining example of the four chaplains of the Dorchester lives on.” Roanoke Times
“One of the greatest survival stories of World War II. A tale full of heroism and courage in the face of genuine horror.” Los Angeles Times

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Author Bio: Dan Kurzman

Dan Kurzman was an American journalist and novelist of many military history books. He earned a Bachelor's degree in political science from University of California at Berkeley, worked as an NBC news correspondent in Jerusalem, and worked as the foreign policy correspondent for the Washington Post. In 1965 he received the George Polk award for external reporting. He was also the recipient of the Cornelius Ryan Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English