A GREAT AMERICAN STORY: Most of the men and ships in Convoy PQ-17 were American. Their heroism and resourcefulness are at the heart of the book. A rarely told story of World War II.
U.S.-SOVIET WARTIME RELATIONSHIP: At a time of worsening tensions between the U.S. and Russia, The Ghost Ships of Archangel offers fascinating historical context to the grand alliance. Roosevelt regarded the Arctic convoys as vital to maintaining his relationship with Stalin and, looking ahead, to preventing World War II from evolving into the Cold War.
OVERLOOKED WORLD WAR II HISTORY: In 1942, the outcome of the war was anything but clear. This is a forgotten chapter of American history with implications for the 21st century.
CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE NEWS: In February 2019, a small village on Novaya Zemlya, an important island in The Ghost Ships of Archangel, was invaded by more than 50 starving polar bears whose seal-hunting territory—the pack ice—had significantly melted. Geroux has written a nail-biting odyssey through the Arctic, where climate change is now wreaking havoc. A voyage today from Iceland to Archangel would be very different than it was in 1942.
ARCTIC SURVIVAL STORY: Combining a great war story with an icy survival epic, this is also for readers of books on Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.
“This book is sheer enjoyment… A riveting saga… Using marvelous accounts from first-person perspectives, Geroux crafted a history to be enjoyed by naval enthusiasts, mariners and World War II fans. This is not one to miss!”—Virginia Gazette
“In this gripping history, Geroux recounts the fascinating story of multinational convoy PQ-17, which sailed through treacherous ice-filled waters to deliver tanks, explosives, and other supplies to support the Soviet WWII effort…WWII aficionados, and anyone else who likes a good story, will find this well-written adventure tale a real pleasure.”—Publishers Weekly (*starred review*)
“An important but overlooked point in World War II… A nightmarish story of survival in the ice fields of the Arctic; an engaging read for fans of military history.”—Library Journal
Praise for The Mathews Men:
“Vividly drawn and emotionally gripping, The Mathews Men shines a light on the mostly forgotten but astonishing role the U.S. Merchant Marine played in winning World War II.”—Daniel James Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat
“William Geroux has written a classic American tale, a gripping story of courageous everyday heroes facing death in World War II.”—James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers
“A gripping, nearly lost story of World War II…readers will experience both the terror at sea and the agonizing tension of families who waited for loved ones to return.”—Bookpage
“The valor and contributions of the U.S. Merchant Marines to victory in WWII has seldom been acknowledged…Geroux presents an unflinching, inspiring, and long delayed tribute to the sacrifice of these men.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Poignant…A deep, compassionate group biography of these ’unsung heroes’ of the Merchant Marines.”—Kirkus
“Geroux combines the skills of a newsman and those of a scholar to tell the story of the vital and heroic role played by the U.S. Merchant Marines during WWII.”—Publishers Weekly
“William Geroux’s The Mathews Men harkens to the war heroics of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken and the British detective drama Foyle’s War….Loaded with offbeat characters trying to survive against astonishingly impossible odds, Geroux gives these unheralded heroes their belated due in an account that is as meticulously researched as it is even-handed and poignant.”—Beth Macy, author of Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town
“Geroux gives us a rollicking read that plunges you into the middle of the ocean and seduces you into caring for the story’s heroic seafarers. This is both a terrific and terrifying blow-by-blow of the actions of the sailors of the U.S. Merchant Marine as the dodged deadly U-Boats during the course of World War II and who, as Lincoln put it, too often made the ultimate sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”—Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, co-authors of Halsey’s Typhoon and The Heart of Everything That Is
“Often overlooked and unsung, the men of the U.S. Merchant Marine risked all against stealthy German U-boats whether within sight of East Coast cities or on the Arctic run to Murmansk. Mr. Geroux has superbly chronicled the gripping and deeply personal story of brothers in blood as well as in mission.”—Walter R. Borneman, author of The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King—The Five-star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea
“The German U-Boat war against American merchant men was deadly and dramatic—in World War II, the U.S. Merchant Marine had twice the fatality rate of the U.S. Navy. William Geroux has unearthed a fascinating tale of one small coastal town caught in the thick of the fight, and he tells it with a sharp reporter’s eye and a real feel for the heroic men who went down to the sea in ships.”—Evan Thomas, author of Being Nixon and Sea of Thunder
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