PT 109

PT 109

An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy

Book - 2015
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"In the early morning darkness of August 2, 1943, during a chaotic nighttime skirmish amid the Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri barreled through thick fog and struck the U.S. Navy's motor torpedo boat PT 109, splitting the craft nearly in half and killing two American sailors instantly. The sea erupted in flames as the 109's skipper, John F. Kennedy, and the ten surviving crewmen under his command desperately clung to the sinking wreckage; 1,200 feet of ink-black, shark-infested water loomed beneath. 'All hands lost,' came the reports back to the Americans' base: no rescue was coming for the men of PT 109. Their desperate ordeal was just beginning--so too was one of the most remarkable tales of World War II, one whose astonishing afterlife would culminate two decades later in the White House. Drawing on original interviews with the last living links to the events, previously untapped Japanese wartime archives, and a wealth of archival documents from the Kennedy Library, including a lost first-hand account by JFK himself, bestselling author William Doyle has crafted a thrilling and definitive account of the sinking of PT 109 and its shipwrecked crew's heroics. Equally fascinating is the story's second act, in which Doyle explores in new detail how this extraordinary episode shaped Kennedy's character and fate, proving instrumental to achieving his presidential ambitions: 'Without PT 109, there never would have been a President John F. Kennedy,' declared JFK aide David Powers."--Book jacket.
Published: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062346582
Branch Call Number: 940.5426 DOY
Characteristics: xvii, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm


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They go after journalists in Mexico, don't they? (As well as police officers, mayors, and political candidates)......Ramos.....hmmmmm..//JFK, after he was a naval officer and before he was a United States Senator, he was a journalist and an author. He wrote the book, WHY ENGLAND SLEPT, when still a young man....he attended the meeting which produced the United Nations---in San Francisco, and reported back about it.// It is part of the accepted way of life to Mexicans, because it happens so much. Every few months there is a massacre that is drug-ring -connected. Ramos had lived here a long time. But every few months here we have a 'lone-nut- mass-killing.' Can it be proved Ramos had no access to these events occurring, in what would have been his homeland, had he not succeeded in emigrating here?


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