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The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
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Dec 19, 2010

it was amazing
Read from September 05 to December 12, 2011

"This is the story - the long and true story - of one ocean, two ships, and about a hundred and fifty men. It is a long story because it deals with a long and brutal battle, the worst of any war. It has two ships because one was sunk and had to be replaced. It has a hundred and fifty men because that is a manageable number of people to tell a story about. Above all, it is a true story because that is the only kind worth telling."

Thus begins a novel written in 1952 about the battle of the north Atlantic between 1939 and 1945. It has history, action, romance and the feel of the sea. Thirty thousand seamen killed, three thousand ships plus seven hundred eighty U-boats sunk. A fierce portion of the war. Carol gave me this book in 1978, and I finally got around to reading it. It was well worth it.

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