War Beneath the Waves: A True Story of Courage and Leadership Aboard a World War II Submarine (Paperback)
A gripping true account of submarine heroism, War Beneath the Waves is an inspiring tale of one young naval officer’s leadership and courage under fire under some of the most dangerous waters of World War II.
In November 1943, while on war patrol in enemy waters, the submarine U.S.S. Billfish was spotted by the Japanese, who launched a vicious depth charge attack. Explosions wracked the sub for twelve straight hours. With senior officers incapacitated, diving officer Charlie Rush boldly assumed command and led key members of the crew in a heroic effort to keep their vessel intact as they tried to escape. What followed is one of the most improbable and dramatic stories of the Pacific War. Told in harrowing detail, War Beneath the Waves is a pulse-pounding story of a submarine crew’s valiant fight to save their boat—and one man’s astonishing bravery and coolness in the face of seemingly certain death.
About the Author
Don Keith is the award-winning author of War Beneath the Waves, The Ship That Wouldn’t Die, Undersea Warrior, In the Course of Duty, The Ice Diaries, and other nonfiction works on American naval heroism. He is also the coauthor, with George Wallace, of the submarine thrillers Final Bearing and Firing Point.
"Riveting. That's the best word to describe the white-knuckle tension and drama that Don Keith delivers in War Beneath the Waves. [Keith] writes in an engaging, you-are-there style calculated to bring the reader to the edge of his seat."—John Sledge, Mobile (Alabama) Press-Register
"A seasoned chronicler of submariners tells the tale of a heroic feat of endurance in the fall of 1943...dealing equally with hardware and interpersonal dynamics of WWII submarining, Keith will inform and please both the rank newcomer to the subject and the well-read expert on it. Invaluable for WWII submarine annals."—Booklist
"A story of extraordinary courage and valor...Don Keith has done yeoman's work setting the stage and detailing [the] story."—Florida Times-Union