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Until the Sea Shall Free Them: Life, Death and Survival in the Merchant Marine Kindle Edition
–Paul Stillwell, author of Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History
From the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
- ASIN : B000FC1KT8
- Publisher : Doubleday; 1st edition (May 14, 2002)
- Publication date : May 14, 2002
- Language : English
- File size : 656 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0385501161
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #622,448 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In my youth, we thought that the crack arrestors were just normal in steel ships, not that they were added to the aged ships to save them. This, and many other details are made clear in this book. As well as the complicity of so many of the players in the system. Reading this book helped me understand those forces that so strongly influenced my life back then. Certainly there were other forces at work too, such as the offshoring of the ships flags. But for anyone who is wondering what happened to the U.S. Merchant Marine in the 1980's this book is a much read.
Thank you Robert for telling the story.
This is a wonderful book and a great read, telling quite a bit about what went on, especially with the USCG investigative board. I'd have given it a five star review except for some minor errors of fact, mostly with misspelling of names, something I'd think an author would nail down correctly prior to going to print. Those errors do not detract from the overall narrative and importance of how this tragedy left a legacy for today's U.S.-flag merchant marine.
It's very far from reformed.
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Beneath the surface it is the age-old tale of money and profits being prioritised over people's lives by greedy corporations full of fat-cat "businessmen". It's the age-old tale of trying to pass the buck, of trying to pin the blame on just one individual so that the entity can carry on doing whatever it's doing with near-zero impact.
And thankfully, it is also the rare tale of the little people finally winning for once, and getting some measure of justice for those who paid the ultimate price.
Well worth a read, though I deducted one star as some parts were incredibly slow and somewhat unnecessary (in my opinion) for the story being told.