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    A thrilling, moment-by-moment account of one of the most famous events of World War II - the sinking of PT-109 and John F. Kennedy's heroic actions that saved his crew - and a fascinating examination of how that extraordinary episode shaped the future president's life.

    At 2:00 a.m. on the moonless night of August 2, 1943, US Patrol Torpedo boat PT-109, captained by Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, was struck by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri near the Solomon Islands. The American ship was cleaved in two and rocked by an explosion; two crew members died instantly; the remaining 11 survivors clung to the sinking wreckage, adrift in enemy waters. Despite injuring his back, Lt. Kennedy - towing a severely burned sailor by the strap of a life jacket - led his battered and exhausted men on a harrowing three-and-a-half mile swim to a tiny, uninhabited island. Desperate for food and water, Kennedy set off on a solo reconnaissance mission, scouting two larger islands two and a half miles away. Discovering water and coconuts, he returned for his men. For six days they lived off coconuts and kept out of sight of passing Japanese patrols until they were rescued.

    Drawing on new information from the American rescuers and recently released archives in both Japan and the US, PT-109 recounts this event in breathtaking detail and explores the incident's remarkable aftermath on JFK's life and legend. William Doyle reveals that while the incident transformed JFK into a war hero and helped propel him to the US Senate and the White House, the wounds he suffered during that harrowing week continued to haunt him, physically and psychologically.

    ©2015 William Doyle (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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    • Joshua
    • 20/10/2018

    Hagiography, but a good one

    JFK is painted as almost otherworldly here. The book is accurate, but it gets drippy at the end.

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    • Tyler
    • 31/12/2020

    Brings the story full circle

    Takes the story of the PT 109 and shows from beginning to end the impact it had on her commanding officer. A must own for any JFW or WW2 history reader.

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    • Glen the 1n only Glen Stinnett
    • 26/12/2020

    JFK’s GREAT ADVENTURE

    If you haven’t gotten PT-109 do so soon. It’s a great chapter in his very intriguing life. Thanks, Mr Wm Doyle. Bye for now Glen ;-) : -)

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    • Richardff
    • 04/12/2020

    very detailed history of JFK's loss and recovery

    One of the most detailed accounts of the loss of the PT 109 and JFK's heroic recovery. Seems to be well researched using modern and first hand sources. The book also provides background on Kennedy's upbringing and much subsequent history. Although hagiographic, it does not gloss over JFK's flaws. You may not agree with the author's conclusion that the loss of the 109 was the major incident informing the rest of his life, but JFK's courage, calm, resolve, leadership and regard for his crew cannot be gainsaid,

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    • GMJ
    • 04/12/2019

    Historic diplomatic details included.

    I appreciate the historical slant this book took in the later chapters mainly concerning Robert Francis Kennedy's anf John F. Kennedy's dealings with post war Japan. The personal relationships and later meetings were both telling and very touching. Life is short, appreciate your circle.

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    • Wayne Cline
    • 05/10/2019

    Iinspired history

    I enjoyed the book very much. The original story of the PT 109 & JFK inspired me to join the Navy in 1965.

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    • 08/07/2018

    I had known the basics but this is even a bette story than I thought

    An excellent history and performance — well researched. I recommend this book for its portrayal of the conditions in ww2 South Pacific, of the Kennedy family in general and JFK in particular and the interwoven story and impact on us history ... a good companion read is PT-105.

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    • Matt
    • 06/06/2018

    Interesting perspectives

    I admit I didn't know much about the story of the PT-109 beyond the basics before listening to this book. Doyle manages to tell the story in a way that's both exciting and thorough. He may place a little too much importance on the event in terms of the remainder of JFK's trajectory, but that's not unexpected from a thesis like this. Very interesting to get a Japanese perspective as well.

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    • Keith L Brenneman
    • 17/06/2017

    Story is about JFK of which PT109 was a part

    I felt that the story had too much detail and too many names to be a good e-book. It would be more suitable for a book seen as a documentary of the history of JFK.

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    • Blake
    • 07/09/2016

    Superb Told Story

    Superbly told story of John F. Kennedy in WWII and the loss of his PT boat in the Blackett Strait in 1943 in the story that became the foundation of his future political career. This is one of those books that you can’t wait to get back to at the end of each day.