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Collision With History: The Search for John F. Kennedy's Pt 109

Ballard, Robert D.; Morgan, Michael Hamilton

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ISBN 10: 0792268768 / ISBN 13: 9780792268765
Editorial: Natl Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., 2002
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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191pp, map, 80 b/w and color photos, index, Introduction by Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Chronicle of the destruction of PT 109 and the heroic ordeal of her survivors, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge undersea research. Clean. N° de ref. de la librería 007479

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Título: Collision With History: The Search for John ...

Editorial: Natl Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Año de publicación: 2002

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Edición: First Edition

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Michael Hamilton Morgan writes on the PT 109 collision:

It?s about 2 a.m., August 2, 1943. Lt. John F. Kennedy squints into the fog and black while at the wheel of PT 109, idling in the Blackett Strait off Gizo in the Solomon Islands. His orders are to attack the ?Tokyo Express? resupplying Japanese installations.... He and his young crew are ready, but handicapped by darkness and fog.... Suddenly, only 300 yards away, a black shape looms...traveling without lights and at high speed. Only seconds before impact...the ship is identified as a Japanese destroyer, the Amagiri. The much larger craft slices through the hull of PT 109, cutting the 80-foot wooden-hulled boat in two. Several of the crew are injured, one critically. The crew takes refuge on the larger section that remains afloat until dawn. Then all are into the water, and Lt. Kennedy begins the series of epic swims that will save his crew and earn him a place in history.

Forty years after his death and 60 years after his first collision with history in the South Pacific, John F. Kennedy and his story still inspire readers. In Collision with History, JFK?s heroic efforts to save the 11-man crew of PT 109 are brought to vivid life, interwoven with a comprehensive history of PT boats and the World War II campaign in the Solomon Islands. Combining renowned explorer Robert Ballard?s account of his search for the wreckage of PT 109 with survivor accounts and Kennedy family members? personal recollections, this companion volume to the major National Geographic television event is a moving introduction to the young war hero who would later become president.

About the Author:

Robert D. Ballard, Ph.D., is president of the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Conn. and the former director of the Center for Marine Exploration at Woods Hole, Mass and the author of several best-selling books, including Explorations, The Discovery of the Titanic, and The Discovery of the Bismarck.

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