Synopses & Reviews
"I am just one of many who experienced life on a submarine during World War II. Silent Running
is a story sincerely told—free of any revisionism or cynicism—and I commend Vice Admiral Calvert for sharing this dramatic personal account of that difficult and exciting time." —President George Bush
"Hardened old sub vet that I am, I still felt the need for two weeks R&R after reliving Jim's only too realistic war patrolling adventures." —C. W. Nimitz, Jr., Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)
"I believe it is the best personal account yet written on U.S. submarine operations in the Second World War. [Calvert] writes with lucidity and a rare candor. We get an extraordinary sense of what it was like, feeling the tensions and emotions, sharing the successes and disappointments, ... This is a true story with teal people, always gripping and sometimes tender. It is exciting to read and hard to put down. —J. L. Holloway, Admiral, USN (Ret.) President, Naval Historical Society, Chief of Naval Operations, 1974-1978.
"I knew Jim Calvert Throughout the war, and in this book he has told the submarine story in a way that catches the flavor and tang of the real thing. This is the way it really was." —Frederick B. Warder, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) Legendary W.W. II skipper of the Seawolf.
"I knew Jim Calvert Throughout the war, and in this book he has told the submarine story in a way that catches the flavor and tang of the real thing. This is the way it really was." — Frederick B. Warder, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) Legendary W.W. II skipper of the "Seawolf."
The author chronicles his wartime exploits and the men who served with him aboard the submarine "Jack". He recalls the eight patrols undertaken by "Jack" between 1943 and 1945. He describes in detail undersea and surface battles in which a total of 15 Japanese vessels were sunk; going in under enemy fire to successfully recover downed fighter pilots; and the moment in September 1945 when Calvert and three of his shipmates paid an unofficial call on the city of Tokyo itself.
About the Author
JAMES F. CALVERT, Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.), one of the Navy's most decorated officers in World War II, commanded a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine, served as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, and headed the First Fleet in the Pacific.
Table of Contents
Training for the Big Show.
On to Pearl Harbor.
Patterns of War in the Deep.
At the Gates of Tokyo.
A Taste of Defeat.
The Tanker Sweep.
Australia and Admiral Jay.
The New Skipper.
A Gallant Retreat.
Farewell, Forgiveness, and Tragedy.
Decisions at Guam.
Deliverance by the Bomb.
Tokyo--Hail and Farewell.