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The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats #2020

The Mathews Men Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler s U Boats Vividly drawn and emotionally gripping Daniel James Brown New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat One of the last unheralded heroic stories of World War II the U boat assault off

  • Title: The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats
  • Author: William Geroux
  • ISBN: 9780143109266
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats By William Geroux, Vividly drawn and emotionally gripping Daniel James Brown, 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat One of the last unheralded heroic stories of World War II the U boat assault off the American coast against the men of the U.S Merchant Marine who were supplying the European war, and one community s monumental contribution to that effort Mathews Co Vividly drawn and emotionally gripping Daniel James Brown, 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat One of the last unheralded heroic stories of World War II the U boat assault off the American coast against the men of the U.S Merchant Marine who were supplying the European war, and one community s monumental contribution to that effort Mathews County, Virginia, is a remote outpost on the Chesapeake Bay with little to offer except unspoiled scenery but it sent an unusually large concentration of sea captains to fight in World War II The Mathews Men tells that heroic story through the experiences of one extraordinary family whose seven sons and their neighbors , U.S merchant mariners all, suddenly found themselves squarely in the cross hairs of the U boats bearing down on the coastal United States in 1942 From the late 1930s to 1945, virtually all the fuel, food and munitions that sustained the Allies in Europe traveled not via the Navy but in merchant ships After Pearl Harbor, those unprotected ships instantly became the U boats prime targets And they were easy targets the Navy lacked the inclination or resources to defend them until the beginning of 1943 Hitler was determined that his U boats should sink every American ship they could find, sometimes within sight of tourist beaches, and to kill as many mariners as possible, in order to frighten their shipmates into staying ashore As the war progressed, men from Mathews sailed the North and South Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, and even the icy Barents Sea in the Arctic Circle, where they braved the dreaded Murmansk Run Through their experiences we have eyewitnesses to every danger zone, in every kind of ship Some died horrific deaths Others fought to survive torpedo explosions, flaming oil slicks, storms, shark attacks, mine blasts, and harrowing lifeboat odysseys only to ship out again on the next boat as soon as they d returned to safety The Mathews Men shows us the war far beyond traditional battlefields often the U.S merchant mariners life and death struggles took place just off the U.S coast but also takes us to the landing beaches at D Day and to the Pacific When final victory is ours, General Dwight D Eisenhower had predicted, there is no organization that will share its credit deservedly than the Merchant Marine Here, finally, is the heroic story of those merchant seamen, recast as the human story of the men from Mathews From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. This book opened my eyes to a part of WWII I knew nothing about It is a good read topic wise, however I wasn t too keen with the writing style of the book There were a few instances where I felt I read the same story 2 3 times I would recommend this book to learn about the Merchant Marine s role during WWII and the war s impact on Mathew s County.

    2. This was an extremely well researched book, but despite its title, for me the book failed to focus sufficiently on a single or even a small enough number of characters to allow me to connect and sympathize with the story I think it would have been better if, with all of the wealth of knowledge the author collected in preparing to write this book, he had actually centered in on the seven brothers earlier in the book, shortened up the book, and considered writing than one book.

    3. Learned a lot about the Merchant Marine, Matthews County, u boats, WW2 Book needed to tie the stories of families better together I got confused at times Better editing.

    4. I had no idea that Germany had U boats so very close to our eastern shores, nor the huge role the Merchant Marine played in WWII The U Boats made an early sport of sinking ship after ship with little to no help from the U.S Navy in 1942, even when the Allies relied so heavily on the supplies they carried across the Atlantic and the Caribbean to Africa It was nearly shooting fish in a barrel for a long while.William Geroux presents this history in a very readable style, with rarely a dull page Th [...]

    5. I never fully understood the devastation caused by the German U boats, how close they were to American soil, and the extent of sacrifice by the merchant marines Definitely a historical chapter that all need to understand.

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