American Heroes, An Iconic Ship, and Saving Europe During WWIBook - 2017
"When war broke out in Europe in August 1914, the new German luxury ocean liner SS Vaterland was interned in New York Harbor, where it remained docked for nearly three years--until the United States officially entered the fight to turn the tide of the war. Seized by authorities for the US Navy once war was declared in April 1917, the liner was renamed the USS Leviathan by President Woodrow Wilson, and converted into an armed troop carrier that transported thousands of American Expeditionary Forces to the battlefields of France. For German U-boats hunting Allied ships in the treacherous waters of the Atlantic, no target was as prized as the Leviathan, which carried more than ten thousand doughboys per crossing. But the Germans were not the only deadly force threatening the ship and its passengers. In 1918, a devastating influenza pandemic--the 'Spanish flu'--spread throughout the globe, predominantly striking healthy young adults, including many soldiers. [Journalist] Peter Hernon tells the ship's story across multiple voyages and through the experiences of a diverse cast of participants, including the ship's captain, Henry Bryan; General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force; Congressman Royal Johnson, who voted against the war but enlisted once the resolution passed; Freddie Stowers, a young black South Carolinian whose heroism was ignored because of his race; Irvin Cobb, a star war reporter for the Saturday Evening Post; and Elizabeth Weaver, an army nurse who saw the war's horrors firsthand; as well as a host of famous supporting characters, including a young Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Humphrey Bogart. Thoroughly researched, dramatic, and fast-paced, The Great Rescue is a unique look at the Great War and the lives it touched."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, 2017
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: x, 350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number: 940.45973 HER