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The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most…

by Michael J. Tougias, Casey Sherman

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On Febraury 18, 1952, a nor'easter swept through Cape Cod and the seas. Caught in the storm, two oil tankers - the Pendleton and the Mercer - split in half. Back on shore, the Coast Guard launched a daring rescue on 36 foot lifeboats attempting to save both crews' lives in dangerous waters, high winds, and at great risk to their own men.

Using research and interviews with the men involved, Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman weave a taut, fast-paced adventure tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat and pages turning fast. The authors juggle the various people and pieces of the drama with aplomb. The aftermath of the rescue and catching up with both men and boats' lives was a little more muddled, but it was still an excellent read. ( )
  bell7 | Apr 17, 2018 |
My history dose for the month-- a fascinating look at the heroic efforts of Coast Guard rescuers in a deadly Nor'easter. Four separate Coast Guard lifeboats attack 2 oil tankers off Cape Cod--both broken in half. When ordinary men do what has to be done at great peril, their heroism can be spectacular. Of particular interest, what happened to the Coasties after the events that shaped these young men? However, as much as I DID like it, I had a hard time keeping the various names (both of people and of boats) straight in a listen...maybe it would be easier with a read? ( )
  buffalogr | Mar 3, 2018 |
A wonderful description of a piece of history that gives you an amazing Ocean view of what's happening. ( )
  SBoren | Sep 25, 2017 |
This was a fascinating look at the heroic efforts of Coast Guard rescuers in a deadly Nor'easter from the early 1950s off the coast of Cape Cod. I found myself drawn into the story as the narrator described the events as they unfolded and brought us up-to-date on how it affected the men who were part of the rescue and even some of those rescued. Bernie Webber received many accolades for his leadership that night, but he knew he could not have done it without his crew and fought for their recognition. The narrator of the audio book did an excellent job. The book brings an awareness to the important role the Coast Guard plays in protecting lives. ( )
  thornton37814 | Apr 27, 2017 |
Review: The Finest Hours by Michael J Tougias and Casey Sherman.

A fantastic non-fiction book about the tremendous savage storm that hit the New England area of the USA in 1952. The two authors did a magnificent job writing the horrific events, rescue undertaking, descriptive weather, the attitude and emotion of the people involved, and the dealings of who was saved and who went under through the splitting of two large ships, the SS Pendleton and the SS Mercer off the coast of Cape Cod, MA.

I had known about this tragedy throughout my life but I never knew the true emotional surroundings until I pick up this book. It’s a must read…

It probably means more to me because it happened so close to my area. There were even survivors and the ones who didn’t make it back to shore from my home state. I recognized some of the names and places that are still out in that area that is still around and some of their family members still carrying on with there life never forgetting what their seamanship through the years has brought to them and the next generation.

The book was very well written. I appreciate what these two author’s put together. Its history that we all should acknowledge and understand that these people all became heroes in February, 1952.…All survivors and All lost to the sea…….
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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In the winter of 1932, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years, wreaking havoc on land and creating a wind-whipped peril of the freezing Atlantic. In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Fort Mercer and the Pendleton, broke in two. The Coast Guard raced its cutters to the Fort Mercer to rescue the men huddled in the halves, and when the Pendleton proved to be in danger of capsizing, sent out into the storm two 36-foot wooden lifeboats, each manned by four crewmen, in what every crewman realized could be a suicide mission in the enormous seventy-foot seas.… (more)

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