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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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A sailor's extraordinary experiences on an American submarine in the Pacific are candidly reported in this eyewitness account of war from a torpedoman's perspective. Robert Hunt managed to survive twelve consecutive war patrols on the submarine USS Tambor. During the course of the war, Hunt was everywhere that mattered in the Pacific. He stood on the bow of the Tambor as it cruised into Pearl Harbor just days after the devastation of the Japanese air raid, peered through binoculars as his boat shadowed Japanese cruisers at the Battle of Midway, ferried guns and supplies to American guerilla fighters in the Philippines, fired torpedoes that sank vital Japanese shipping, and survived a near-fatal, seventeen-hour depth-charge attack. For "exceptional skill and proficiency at his battle station" Hunt received a commendation from Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. This WWII torpedoman's account of the war offers the rare perspective of an enlisted seaman that is not available in the more common officer accounts.To capture and recount the progress of the Pacific War through Hunt's eyes coauthors Robert Schultz and James Shell examined the young submariner's war diary, as well as crew letters, photographs, and captains' reports, and they also conducted hours of interviews. Their vivid descriptions of the ways in which sailors dealt with the stress of war while at sea or on liberty show a side of the war that is rarely reported. The fact that Hunt's submarine was the first of a new fleet of World War II boats and the namesake of a significant class adds further value to his remarkable story.

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Virginia poets and fiction writers Schultz (English, Roanoke College) and Shell draw mainly on the testimony of Robert Hunt, who was torpedoman on the USS Tambor for 12 of its 13 World War II patrols 1940-44. His voice includes the diary he kept on board at the time, recent interviews with him, and a written account that he produced for the volume. Other perspectives are provided by the official reports--now declassified--and the many published histories of the Pacific Theater. Among the topics are eyewitness accounts of the Japanese attack on Wake Island, the Battle of Midway, guerrilla resupply in the Philippines, submariners' liberties in Hawaii and Western Australia, a severe depth-charging in the East China Sea, and the V-J Day "peace riots" in San Francisco. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Robert Schultz is the Fishwick Professor of English at Roanoke College in Virginia. His books include a novel, The Madhouse Nudes, and two collections of poetry. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Award in Fiction, Cornell University's Corson Bishop Poetry Prize, and, from The Virginia Quarterly Review, the Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry. James Shell, has had fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in The Roanoke Times, Jazz, College Poetry Review, Single Living, Ideas at Work, Artemis, Raconteur, GlennGould, and the University of Toronto Quarterly. A resident of Salem,VA, this is his first published full-length work.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591147787
Author:
Schultz, Robert
Publisher:
US Naval Institute Press
With:
Shell, James
Author:
Shell, James
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
United states
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
Biography-Military
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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