Escape From the Deep

Escape From the Deep

The Epic Story of A Legendary Submarine and Her Courageous Crew

Book - 2008
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Details the history of the U.S. Navy submarine Tang in the Pacific theater of World War II, the explosion that led to its sinking, the ordeal of its surviving crew members and their capture by the Japanese, followed by months of brutal captivity.
Publisher: New York : Da Capo Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780306815195
Branch Call Number: 940.5451
Characteristics: xi, 270 pages :,illustrations, map ;,24 cm


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Jul 03, 2015

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About two-thirds of the book is given over to Tang's sinking and the subsequent ordeal of the surviving crew. Kershaw's recounting of the desperate efforts to survive by the Tang crewmen already in the water and others trapped onboard the sunken sub are downright harrowing. Though O'Kane and eight others were pulled from the water by the Japanese, their subsequent imprisonment was equally horrendous.

ESCAPE FROM THE DEEP will get to you. Reading of the final moments in the forward torpedo room as some men escape the doomed submarine while others lay back to await death will touch your heart. What I found especially poignant was a reminsicence from O'Kane's daughter. In his final years O'Kane suffered from Alzheimer's. On walks along the beach with his daughter, the sound of foghorns would suddenly transform the man cited as "the bravest of the brave." He would try and pull his daughter toward the water, calling out "We have to go...We have to go save them."

A wonderful tribute to some of America's finest, ESCAPE FROM THE DEEP gets my highest recommendation.

Oct 21, 2012

The Escape from the Deep --- by Alex Kershaw. The time is World War II. The location is the western Pacific Ocean. Alex Kershaw tells the story of the US Submarine Tang on a mission to sink Japanese shipping, as much as she can in the waters between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. Her crew is, for the most part, quite young, something not uncommon in those desperate days of the war. The Tang accomplishes her mission, well almost, until she sends her last torpedo down the tubes. And then it happens: the torpedo, instead of homing in on the enemy vessel, turns around and hits the Tang. But the vessel doesn’t sink all the way. The story is about what happens next to the crew. Some do survive. And that brings us to the second part of the story. They are picked up by Japanese boats sent out to rescue survivors of the Japanese ships the Tang sunk. And by twists and by turns the story gets better yet. But read the book to find out. This book is very well written. It had my attention after the first few pages. The cast are not just cardboard cut-out figures. They are real people. The tension is real. The problems they encounter are real. All of this really happened exactly as the book says. The book is extensively footnoted so we know that Kershaw isn’t just making this up to sell a book. Well worth reading.


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