Down to the Sea: An Epic Story of Naval Disaster and Heroism in World War II


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Harper Perennial
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6.0 X 8.9 X 1.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Bruce Henderson is the author of more than twenty nonfiction books, which have been published in a dozen countries. His #1 New YorkTimes bestseller And the Sea Will Tell was made into a television miniseries. Among his other books are Sons and Soldiers: The Unknown Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler; Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War; and Trace Evidence: The Hunt for the I-5 Serial Killer.

A former newspaper reporter, magazine editor, private investigator, and field producer for television news, Henderson has taught reporting and writing courses at Stanford University and USC School of Journalism. He lives outside San Francisco, California.


"World War II produced so many compelling stories that even students of that momentous conflict are apt to discover we've missed whole vital episodes. Down to the Sea, about a devastating 1944 Pacific typhoon that sank three destroyers and cost 756 American sailors their lives, is just such as eye-opener." -- New York Post

"With a storm scene right out of "The Caine Mutiny," Down to the Sea is a vivid, powerful drama of men and ships in time of war." -- Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder

"My father, Chief Petty Officer John E. Kreidler, was one of more than 700 men who lost their lives in the great Pacific typhoon of December 1944. In the war's aftermath, very little came to light about the fate of these men, and their sacrifice was scarcely acknowledged. Now Bruce Henderson has written a book that will stand as the ultimate history of the men and ships that encountered this monumental storm at sea." -- John D. Kreidler

"Because of Bruce Henderson's skills as a historian and a tale-teller, in this book I learned how my father died. Far more importantly, I learned how he lived. But anyone may find himself or herself drawn into this titanic story of the terrible choices war forces on people who must live with their consequences, if they are lucky enough to live." -- Greil Marcus, author of The Shape of Things to Come

"What stands out in Down to the Sea are those moments that transform the disaster into an epic of courage and sacrifice. This is a book for anyone who wonders what happens when a ferocious sea attacks a ship and her crew." -- Naval History

Praise for AND THE SEA WILL TELL: "Engrossing...compelling. This book succeeds on all counts" -- L.A. Times Book Review

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