In Harm’s Way: JFK, World War II, and the Heroic Rescue of PT-109

By Iain Martin
Read by Dan Bittner

3.57 Hours 07/31/2018 unabridged
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In September 1941, young Jack Kennedy was appointed an ensign in the US Naval Reserve. After completing training and eager to serve, he volunteered for combat duty in the Pacific and was appointed commander of his patrol torpedo boat, PT 109. On August 2, 1943, Kennedy’s PT 109 and two others were on a night mission to ambush an enemy supply convoy when they were surprised by a massive Japanese destroyer. The unsuspecting Americans had only seconds to react as the Japanese captain turned his ship to ram directly into Kennedy’s. PT 109 was cut in half by the collision, killing two of Kennedy’s twelve crew men and wounding several others in the explosion. In Harm’s Way tells the gripping story of what happened next as Kennedy fought to save his surviving crew members who found themselves adrift in enemy waters. This exciting narrative is the first book to cover this adventurous tale for young readers.

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Summary

Summary

In September 1941, young Jack Kennedy was appointed an ensign in the US Naval Reserve. After completing training and eager to serve, he volunteered for combat duty in the Pacific and was appointed commander of his patrol torpedo boat, PT 109.

On August 2, 1943, Kennedy’s PT 109 and two others were on a night mission to ambush an enemy supply convoy when they were surprised by a massive Japanese destroyer. The unsuspecting Americans had only seconds to react as the Japanese captain turned his ship to ram directly into Kennedy’s. PT 109 was cut in half by the collision, killing two of Kennedy’s twelve crew men and wounding several others in the explosion.

In Harm’s Way tells the gripping story of what happened next as Kennedy fought to save his surviving crew members who found themselves adrift in enemy waters. This exciting narrative is the first book to cover this adventurous tale for young readers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dan Bittner’s exciting narration will have listeners on the edge of their seats with this dramatic true story…Although listeners miss the pictures in the print version, Bittner’s narration adds a cinematic quality to the engaging and well-paced war story. Sidebars in the text add more details for presidential and military history buffs, and are denoted with a nautical bell sound to alert listeners to a break in the narrative.” AudioFile
“A fast-paced, gripping narrative…Martin tells the story in vigorous prose amply laced with quotations, taking care to include the stories of the Melanesian men who rescued Kennedy and his crew…with insets and sidebars offering further information. An admiring, inspiring portrait of a courageous and selfless natural-born leader.” Kirkus Reviews
“An exciting and detailed tale…[that] offers insight into the young man and how his war experiences affected his subsequent political career.” School Library Journal
“[A] well-researched, dramatic account…[with] short, riveting chapters. The tension-filled narrative of his assignment to the Solomon Islands in 1943, his rescue of the PT 109 crew, and the later rescue by PT 59 of stranded combatants from Choiseul constitute half the book…Martin’s sympathetic, balanced rendering of Kennedy’s postwar career includes reconciliation with Japan, the two Melanesian islanders who played a determining role in the PT 109 crew’s survival, and the fate of each major figure in the story.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Iain Martin

Iain C. Martin is a freelance writer and historian with a MA degree in American history from Southern Connecticut State University. He is the author of several nonfiction books, including two for young readers, of which Gettysburg: The True Account of Two Young Heroes in the Greatest Battle of the Civil War was a 2013 VOYA pick for Best Nonfiction.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 3.57
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English