“The War Below” is a thrilling, intimate and extremely readable account of three American submarines during WWII. While the subject is pure fact, James Scott pulls the book together like a fast-paced fiction thriller. The men of the submarine crews come to life on the page through quotes, anecdotes and Scott’s skillful narrative. The book focuses on the exploits of three subs, Tang, Silversides, and Drum, all assigned to the Pacific. “The War Below” had me calling people from other rooms with a “You’ve got to hear this” or laughing out loud at some of the lighter sides of submarine life. Mostly, though, it gave me a new appreciation of how America’s submarine force contributed to the victory in the Pacific.
Whether you are a history buff, a fan of action movies, a student in need of a book for a report, or just someone looking for a great read…I give “The War Below” my highest possible endorsement. This is literary non-fiction at its absolute best! “The War Below” is scheduled for release on May 14, 2013. Do yourself a favor and order it now.
This book was provided to me by Simon & Schuster for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!