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The extraordinary World War II story of shipwreck and survival that paved John F. Kennedys path to power hailed as a breathtaking account by James Patterson, masterfully written by historian Douglas Brinkley, and the finest book ever written on the subject by Lt. Commander William Liebenow, the man who rescued JFK and the PT 109 crew in August 1943.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. Navys motor torpedo boat PT 109, splitting the craft nearly in half and killing two American sailors instantly. The sea erupted in flames as the 109s 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.



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William Doyle

I am a writer based in New York. My latest book is A MISSION FROM GOD: A MEMOIR AND CHALLENGE FOR AMERICA, the memoir of civil rights hero James Meredith. Last year I published A SOLDIER'S DREAM: CAPTAIN TRAVIS PATRIQUIN AND THE AWAKENING OF IRAQ. I also wrote INSIDE THE OVAL OFFICE: THE WHITE HOUSE TAPES FROM FDR TO CLINTON and AN AMERICAN INSURRECTION: JAMES MEREDITH AND THE BATTLE OF OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI, 1962.



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