Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of her Survivors

Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of her Survivors

James D. Hornfischer


"Son, we’re going to Hell."

The navigator of the USS Houston confided those prophetic phrases to a tender officer as he and his captain charted a path into U.S. naval legend. popular as FDR’s favourite warship, the cruiser USS Houston was once a prize goal trapped within the a long way Pacific after Pearl Harbor. with out wish of reinforcement, her group confronted a fantastic eastern strength ruthlessly dedicated to overall conquest. It wasn’t a good struggle, however the males of the Houston may salary it to the death.

Hornfischer brings to lifestyles the notable terror of evening naval battles that became decks into strobe-lit slaughterhouses, the lethal rain of fireside from eastern bombers, and the just about superhuman attempt of the group as they miraculously escaped catastrophe back and again–until their good fortune ran out in the course of a bold motion in Sunda Strait. There, hopelessly outnumbered, the Houston used to be eventually sunk and its survivors taken prisoner. For greater than 3 years their destiny will be a secret to households ready at home.

within the brutal privation of jungle POW camps dubiously immortalized in such movies as The Bridge at the River Kwai, the conflict persevered for the lads of the Houston—a life-and-death fight to outlive pressured exertions, hunger, sickness, and mental torture. here's the gritty, unvarnished tale of the notorious Burma–Thailand dying Railway glamorized by means of Hollywood, yet which in fact mercilessly diminished males to little greater than animals, who fought again opposed to their dehumanization with dignity, ingenuity, sabotage, will–power—and the timeless religion that their nation might prevail.

utilizing journals and letters, infrequent old records, together with testimony from postwar jap conflict crimes tribunals, and the eyewitness debts of Houston’s survivors, James Hornfischer has crafted an account of human valor so riveting and awe-inspiring, it’s effortless to put out of your mind that each be aware is correct.

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