The War Below by James Scott audiobook

The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan

By James Scott
Read by Donald Corren

Blackstone Publishing 9781439176832
14.33 Hours Unabridged
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The riveting story ofthe submarine force that helped win World War II by ravaging Japan’s merchant fleetand destroying its economy The War Below is a dramatic account of extraordinary heroism,ingenuity, and perseverance—and the vital role American submarines played inwinning the Pacific War. Focusing on the unique stories of the submarines Silversides, Drum,and Tang—and the men who skippered and crewed them—James Scotttakes readers beneath the waves to experience the thrill of a direct hit on amerchant ship and the terror of depth charge attacks. It’s a story filled withincredible feats of courage, including an emergency appendectomy performed withspoons by an inexperienced medic and the desperate struggle of sailors toescape from a flooded submarine stuck on the bottom, as well as tragic momentssuch as American submarines sinking an unmarked enemy ship carrying some 1,800American POWs. The casualty rate among submariners topped that of all militarybranches, a staggering six times higher than the surface navy. The war claimedalmost one out of every five boats. But Japan was so ravaged by the loss ofprecious fuel and supplies that by war’s end, Japanese warships lay at anchorwhile hungry civilians ate sawdust. Scott paints an unforgettablepicture of the dangerous life submariners endured, including the atrociousprison camps where the Japanese beat, tortured, and starved captured Alliedtroops. Based on more than one hundred interviews with submarine veterans and areview of more than three thousand pages of previously unpublished letters, diaries,and personal writings, The War Below allowsreaders to experience the Pacific War as never before.

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Summary

Summary

The riveting story ofthe submarine force that helped win World War II by ravaging Japan’s merchant fleetand destroying its economy

The War Below is a dramatic account of extraordinary heroism,ingenuity, and perseverance—and the vital role American submarines played inwinning the Pacific War. Focusing on the unique stories of the submarines Silversides, Drum,and Tang—and the men who skippered and crewed them—James Scotttakes readers beneath the waves to experience the thrill of a direct hit on amerchant ship and the terror of depth charge attacks. It’s a story filled withincredible feats of courage, including an emergency appendectomy performed withspoons by an inexperienced medic and the desperate struggle of sailors toescape from a flooded submarine stuck on the bottom, as well as tragic momentssuch as American submarines sinking an unmarked enemy ship carrying some 1,800American POWs.

The casualty rate among submariners topped that of all militarybranches, a staggering six times higher than the surface navy. The war claimedalmost one out of every five boats. But Japan was so ravaged by the loss ofprecious fuel and supplies that by war’s end, Japanese warships lay at anchorwhile hungry civilians ate sawdust. Scott paints an unforgettablepicture of the dangerous life submariners endured, including the atrociousprison camps where the Japanese beat, tortured, and starved captured Alliedtroops. Based on more than one hundred interviews with submarine veterans and areview of more than three thousand pages of previously unpublished letters, diaries,and personal writings, The War Below allowsreaders to experience the Pacific War as never before.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is the most absorbing narrative of submarine warfare that I’ve read in years. The research is so deep, and the writing so vivid, I could practically feel the vast ocean closing over me as these three boats ranged the Pacific looking for the kill.” James D. Hornfischer, New York Times bestselling author
“Beautifully researched and masterfully told, James Scott’s book is an enthralling and important addition to the story of undersea warfare.” Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from the Deep
“Scott, a journalist turned naval historian, combines patrol reports and extensive interviews with former submariners to reconstruct the achievements of three of the most successful US submarines…Scott presents the submariners aboard his chosen trio of ships as a team, brought together to do a high-risk job that ‘pushed boat[s] and men to the limit,’ and their story is an exciting one.” Publishers Weekly
“Scott recounts the Pacific war patrols of three US submarines, of which two today are on display…Providing character sketches of the boats’ commanders that note leadership style and pugnacity, Scott puts each on the periscope and describes the ensuing patrol…Though focusing on commanders, Scott expands to describe crew members’ roles, which further evokes the claustrophobic, dangerous world of the WWII sub.” Booklist
“Using voluminous official records plus interviews and an amazing number of unpublished diaries and letters, former Charleston Post and Courier investigative reporter Scott delivers a gripping, almost day-by-day account of the actions of three submarines…Military buffs will lap it up, but general readers may find it difficult to resist the tension, drama, and fireworks of this underappreciated but dazzlingly destructive American weapon of World War II.” Kirkus Reviews
The War Below provides an intensely personal look inside the pressure hulls of three Pacific Fleet submarines that established historic records against the Japanese Empire. The epic war patrols of USS Silversides, Drum, and Tang provide gripping reading and serve as a memorial to the lost boats and crews ‘still on patrol.’” Barrett Tillman, author of Enterprise

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Author

Author Bio: James Scott

Author Bio: James Scott

James Scott is a former investigative reporter with The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was named Journalist of the Year in 2003 by the South Carolina Press Association. A 2007 Nieman Fellow for Journalism at Harvard University, Scott is the author of The Attack on the Liberty, which won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English