Kate Ward
May 02, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Escape from the Deep

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alex Kershaw
publisher
Da Capo Press
genre
Nonfiction, War

We gave it an A-

On Oct. 25, 1944, the USS Tang, a Navy submarine, sank after being hit by its own renegade torpedo. Out of the Tang’s 87 crew members, there were only nine survivors, who were soon captured by the Japanese and tortured for months at a POW camp. Escape From the Deep is slow to find its footing — the first 60 pages describe the Tang‘s patrol in excruciating detail — but it picks up once the sub meets its untimely demise. In fact, Alex Kershaw’s vivid account of heroism and survival is so riveting, it can be only so long before Hollywood scoops it up to adapt for the big screen. A-

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