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An unforgettable story of children in wartime, of heroism at sea, and above all of courage and the power of the human spirit.On September 17, 1940, at a little after ten at night, a German submarine torpedoed the passenger liner S.S City of Benares in the North Atlantic There were 406 people on board, but the ship s prized passengers were 90 children whose parents had elected to send their boys and girls away from Great Britain to escape the ravages of World War II They were considered lucky, headed for quiet, peaceful, and relatively bountiful Canada.The Benares sank in half an hour, in a gale that sent several of her lifeboats pitching into the frigid sea They were than five hundred miles from land, three hundred miles from the nearest rescue vessel.Miracles on the Water tells the astonishing story of the survivors not one of whom had any reasonable hope of rescue as the ship went down The initial miracle involves one British destroyer s race to the scene, against time and against the elements the second is the story of Lifeboat 12, missed by the destroyer and left out on the water, 46 people jammed in a craft built and stocked for 30 Those people lasted eight days on little food and tiny rations of drinking water The survivors have grappled ever since with questions about the ordeal Should the Benares have been better protected How and why did they persevere What role did faith and providence play in the outcome Based on first hand accounts from the child survivors and other passengers, including the author s great uncle, Miracles on the Water brings us the story of the attack on the Benares and the extraordinary events that followed Tom Nagorski is currently the Executive Vice President of the Asia Society following a three decade career in journalism having served most recently as Managing Editor for International Coverage at ABC News Nagorski has won eight Emmy awards and the Dupont Award for excellence in international coverage, as well as a fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children....

Title : Miracles on the Water: The Heroic Survivors of a World War II U-Boat Attack
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ISBN : 1401308716
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Hachette Books First PB Edition stated edition March 14, 2007
Number of Pages : 368 pages
File Size : 999 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Miracles on the Water: The Heroic Survivors of a World War II U-Boat Attack Reviews

  • Bev Thompson
    2019-02-15 00:13

    FASCINATING. The author is related to one of the survivors, so I felt I was getting first-hand information. I was particularly impressed with the surviving children; I don't have children, so I was amazed to learn how resilient they are. This is a very good book, highly recommended.

  • Kindle Customer
    2019-02-19 03:03

    This book is a wonderful account of some ordinary people and kids that survived an extra-ordinary disaster with courage that should be remembered.

  • K. Warnick
    2019-01-21 03:02

    Amazing story. Well written

  • Charles Leach
    2019-02-04 20:12

    This book will interest all World War II historians and anyone that enjoys a well-written true story. The story is both sad and inspiring, and filled with heroics. I highly recommend this book.

  • Marilyn
    2019-01-23 21:03

    I found it very interesting. Since I was a child near the age of those in the book during WWI, I can appreciate their story. I am also surprised that I never heard of the incident at the time. Maybe it was because I was a child

  • Melinda Lucas
    2019-01-29 20:54

    I have been delving into WWII books a lot this year, and this is the most impressive story of courage and survival. The narrative is engaging, the book is extremely well-researched and I remained engrossed throughout the read. The book mainly focuses on the plight of 13 people (mostly children)who end up in a lifeboat for over a week. It is a powerful story of courage, humanity and the will to survive. I reads like fiction, so the story is captivating.

  • J. K. Lohr
    2019-01-27 22:13

    It was a little long but fascinating. A story I didn't know about.

  • Diana Gardner
    2019-02-18 18:50

    The book is amazing and arrived quickly!