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The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue


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In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal norand#8217;easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril, setting the stage for one of the most heroic rescue stories ever lived. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the andlt;Iandgt;Pendleton andlt;/Iandgt;and the andlt;Iandgt;Fort Mercer, andlt;/Iandgt;found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with "dirty steel," and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlanticand#8217;s mercy. andlt;Iandgt;The Finest Hours andlt;/Iandgt;is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The spellbinding tale is overflowing with breathtaking scenes, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle for survival. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Not all of the eighty-four men caught at sea in the midst of that brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, itand#8217;s a miracleand#8212;and a testament to their braveryand#8212;that any came home to tell their tales at all.

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Michael J. Tougias is the author of a number of books, including andlt;iandgt;Rescue of theandlt;/iandgt; Bountyandlt;iandgt;: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandyandlt;/iandgt;; andlt;iandgt;Overboard!andlt;/iandgt;; andlt;iandgt;Theandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Finest Hoursandlt;/iandgt; (with Casey Sherman), soon to be a major motion picture from Disney; andlt;iandgt;Fatal Forecastandlt;/iandgt;; and andlt;iandgt;Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the andlt;/iandgt;Can Do. He is a sought-after lecturer who gives more than seventy presentations each year. He lives in Massachusetts.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andnbsp;Casey Sherman is the author of two novels, andlt;iandgt;Black Irishandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Black Dragon.andlt;/iandgt; Heand#8217;s also the author of the acclaimed true crime thriller andlt;iandgt;A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Stranglerandlt;/iandgt;. Sherman has been nominated for an Emmy Award, has appeared on dozens of national television programs and has been profiled by numerous magazines and newspapers. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Tougias, Michael
Scribner Book Company
Tougias, Michael J.
Sherman, Casey
Oceans & Seas
Natural Disasters
Ecosystems & Habitats - Oceans & Seas
Maritime History
Ships & Shipbuilding - Shipwrecks
United States - State & Local - New England
Nautical-Ships and Ship History
World History-General
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