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Woody, Cisco, and Me: Seamen Three in the Merchant Marine

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Attorney and playwright Longhi recalls his three voyages as a merchant marine during World War II in the company of folk music legends Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston. Despite some occasionally stilted dialog, Longhi's fast-paced memoir reads like a novel as the "seamen three" survive rough storms, crooked gamblers, and two torpedo attacks. Of the vivid cast of characters, ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by University of Illinois Press
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Daniel Middelburg
A fascinating story about Woody Guthrie and three voyages he took in the merchant marine during World War II, along with his fellow folk singer/agitator Cisco Houston, and told by their cohort Jim Longhi. Woody was an amazing man with an incredible history and this is a part of it worth reading about. Longhi beautifully captures the real story of World War II and what the world was like then. He also does a nice job of providing a glimpse into the every-day affairs of unions and their efforts du ...more
Asails F
Heady times and one had to do something. Taking a merchant ship in those times was crazy if one did not have to.

A friend just recently deceased had three ships sink under him in the North Atlantic. He was in the Navy and detached to support the Merchant Convoys.
Later he tried to make Nuclear Power safer.

I always wanted to write his story but now it is almost too late.
Ken
Sep 05, 2007 Ken rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of woody guthrie, merchant marines, ww ii, early labor movement, memoirs
this should be required reading for woody guthrie fans. it's a memoir, so obviously highly subjective, but it's nice that the author kept himself well-placed in the narrative without trying to outshine woody or cisco. Longhi is really "one of the three." no more; no less.
katen moore
very personalized account of a merchant marine who shipped out with woody guthrie and cisco houston. reads fast, exciting.
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