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No Greater Glory: The Four Immortal Chaplains and the Sinking of the Dorchester in World War II

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The sinking of the "Dorchester in the icy waters off Greenland shortly after midnight on February 3, 1942, was one of the worst sea disasters of World War II. It was also the occasion of an astounding feat of heroism--and faith. <BR>As water gushed through a hole made by a German torpedo, four chaplains--members of different faiths but linked by bonds of friendship and devotion--moved quietly among the men onboard. Preaching bravery, the chaplains distributed life jackets, including their own. In the end, these four men went down with the ship, their arms linked in spiritual solidarity, their voices raised in prayer. In this spellbinding narrative, award-winning author and journalist Dan Kurzman tells the story of these heroes and the faith--in God and in country--that they shared. <BR>They were about as different as four American clergymen could be. George Lansing Fox (Methodist), wounded and decorated in World War I, loved his family and his Vermont congregation--yet he re-enlisted as soon as he heard about Pearl Harbor. Rabbi Alex Goode was an athlete, an intellectual, and an adoring new father--yet he too knew, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, that he would serve. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), the son a famous radio evangelist, left for war begging his father to pray that he would never be a coward. Father John Washington (Catholic), a scrappy Irish street fighter, had dedicated himself to the church after a childhood brush with death. Chance brought the chaplains together at a Massachusetts training camp, but each was convinced that God had a reason for placing them together aboard the "Dorchester. <BR>Drawing on extensive interviews with the chaplains' families and the crews ofboth the "Dorchester and the German submarine that fired the fatal torpedo, Kurzman re-creates the intimate circumstances and great historic events that culminated in that terrible night. The final hours unfold with the electrifying clarity of nightmare--the chaplains taking

About the Author

DAN KURZMAN, a former foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, is the author of fifteen previous books and the winner of five major literary and journalistic awards. His books include Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis; Left to Die: The Tragedy of the USS Juneau; and Genesis 1948: The First Arab-Israeli War. He lives in North Bergen, New Jersey.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812966091
Author:
Kurzman, Dan
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Biography-Military
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-PP PHOTO INSERT; MAP
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.02x5.13x.63 in. .46 lbs.

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