The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours

The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

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The story behind the major motion picture from Disney--starring Chris Pine, Eric Bana, and Casey Affleck--written by a recognized master of the genre--"a blockbuster account of tragedy at sea" ( The Providence Journal ).

It's the winter of 1952 and a ferocious Nor'easter is pounding New England with howling winds and seventy-foot seas. Two oil tankers get caught in the violent storm off Cape Cod, its fury splitting the massive ships in two. Back on shore, four young Coast Guardsmen are issued a suicide mission: save the lives of the stranded seamen. Sailing a tiny lifeboat into the teeth of the killer storm, the rescue crew soon loses all navigation. With no idea where the stranded seaman are nor how to get back home, the crew stumbles upon the SS Pendleton in the darkness. More than thirty hopeful men appear at the wounded ship's railings. Can the tiny lifeboat save them all?

Dripping with suspense and high-stakes human drama, The Finest Hours has incredible and astonishing true-to-life heroism and action-packed rescue scenes. This "marvelous and terrifying yarn" ( Los Angeles Times ) "deserves a place as a classic of survival at sea" ( The Boston Globe ).
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781501127175
Characteristics: xvii, 311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps ;,19 cm
Additional Contributors: Sherman, Casey 1969-- Author

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nat_cyr0
Sep 03, 2016

I absolutely loved this book, a real page turner from beginner to the end. Michael and Casey tell the story of Bernie Webber and his fellow Coasties who went out that night to rescue these crew members from the tankers that were torn apart.

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rbritchie
Mar 27, 2016

Great book. Captures the essence of search and recue from both the survivors and rescuer viewpoint. details the courage and dedication of our Coast Guardsmen

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jcamenga1
Mar 07, 2016

In the winter of 1952 a savage Nor’easter caught two aging tankers in a death grip in the waters off of Cape Cod. Both ships broke in half and surviving crew members clung to the halves of both vessels bobbing in the angry sea. Most of the crew would be rescued by the heroic efforts by members of the US Coast Guard particularly by those crewing the 36 foot lifeboats. This reviewer heard mention of this event and this book here by a relative in the Boston area film business who was part of the crew for the Disney film. For the reader the story is a reminder of the Coast Guard saying “You have to go out” No one says anything about coming back

rlbecker Jan 24, 2011

This was a book about the heroics of the coast guard in a rescue of two ships that broke apart off the coast of Mass. It was amazing to read about the way the coast guardsmen braved incredibly terrible seas and rescued most of the sailors from 4 sections of the two ships. They deservedly won medals for the rescues and became heroes in the early 1950s. I was glad I was able to find out about the rescues. A great adventure story.

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