Danger's Hour: The Story of the USS Bunker Hill and the Kamikaze Pilot Who Crippled Her


Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
November 03, 2009
6.3 X 1.25 X 9.28 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, is a professor at Boston College and the bestselling author of Make Gentle the Life of This World.


"This is a riveting, thought-provoking, superbly written history that unfolds and surprises like a novel. What we are permitted to participate in is nothing short of hell: a glimpse into the most asymmetrical warfare we Americans have ever faced -- the kamikaze pilot." -- Ken Burns, Filmmaker
"This fascinating story of the deadliest kamikaze attack in World War II provides a vivid window on the war in the Pacific. But it also contains critically important insights for today's struggle against terrorists. Maxwell Taylor Kennedy shows how suicide bombers are recruited, the role they can play in asymmetric warfare, and how our military can be resilient in face of such attacks." -- Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Einstein: His Life and Universe
"This book is a triumph -- an original conception, a dramatic narrative superbly told, with lyrical portraits of brave men on opposite sides of a titanic struggle and impeccable research masterfully rendered. With Danger's Hour, Maxwell Taylor Kennedy's talents as a first-rate historian, an intrepid interviewer, and a wonderful writer are on full display." -- Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals
"One of the little-known aspects of World War II was the role played by Japan's suicidal kamikaze pilots and their devastating impact on the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. Maxwell Taylor Kennedy tells their story in a detailed, vivid, credible, highly readable narrative." -- Stanley Karnow, author of Vietnam: A History