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The author of the book: Robert John Donovan
Edition: International Marine Publishing
Date of issue: September 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9780071408684
Format files: PDF
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First published in 1961, this 40th Anniversary edition comes with a Foreword by Daniel Schorr, a Preface from author Robert J Donovan and Afterword on PT boat history by Duane Hove.
I picked this up in a book auction held at a seminar of Dealey Plaza U.K. My knowledge of Kennedy's WWII exploits come from dim memories of the PT109 film that I was taken to see at the cinema too many years ago.....I must have been around ten years old.
I can't agree with Ted Kennedy's quote, "To me, it has always been one of the great war stories of all time." He would have said that wouldn't he. I must say that this book was very well researched by Bob Donovan. Once read, it is easy to refute the criticism that Jack Kennedy was negligent in allowing his boat to be rammed by a Japanese destroyer. Both vessels were without radar in a pitch dark night and Donovan's interviews with the crew members of both sides confirm the haphazard nature of the incident. What is not in dispute are the heroic actions undertaken by the skipper to save and bring rescue to his crew.
The same heroic traits he displayed in 1962 when he saved you and me from nuclear conflagration.
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Read information about the authorRobert John Donovan was a Washington correspondent, author and presidential historian. Donovan attended Lafayette High School in Buffalo, New York, where he was Captain of the Hocke Herald Tribune after the war and served as a foreign correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief. During the latter period he was President of the White House Correspondents' Association. From the Tribune, he moved to the Los Angeles Times as Washington Bureau Chief and for a short time as Associate Editor in Los Angeles.
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