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A Measureless Peril - America in the Fight for the Atlantic, the Longest

Richard Snow

Of all the threats that faced his country in World War II, Winston Churchill said, just one really scared him-what he called the "measureless peril" of the German U-boat campaign. In that global conflagration, only one battle-the struggle for the Atlantic-lasted from the very first hours of the conflict to its final day. Hitler knew that victory depended on controlling the sea-lanes where American food and fuel and weapons flowed to the Allies. At the start, U-boats patrolled a few miles off the eastern seaboard, savagely attacking scores of defenseless passenger ships and merchant vessels while hastily converted American cabin cruisers and fishing boats vainly tried to stop them. Before long, though, the United States was ramping up what would be the greatest production of naval vessels the world had ever known. Then the battle became a thrilling cat-and-mouse game between the quickly built U.S. warships and the ever-more cunning and lethal U-boats. The historian Richard Snow captures all the drama of the merciless contest at every level, from the doomed sailors on an American freighter defying a German cruiser, to the amazing Allied attempts to break the German naval codes, to Winston Churchill pressing Franklin Roosevelt to join the war months before Pearl Harbor (and FDR's shrewd attempts to fight the battle alongside Britain while still appearing to keep out of it). Inspired by the collection of letters that his father sent his mother from the destroyer escort he served aboard, Snow brings to life the longest continuous battle in modern times. With its vibrant prose and fast-paced action, A Measureless Peril is an immensely satisfying account that belongs on the small shelf of the finest histories ever written about World War II.

Of all the threats that faced his country in World War II, Winston Churchill said, just one really scared him-what he called the "measureless peril" of the German U-boat campaign. In that global conflagration, only one battle-the struggle for the Atlantic-lasted from the very first hours of the conflict to its final day. Hitler knew that victory depended on controlling the sea-lanes where American food and fuel and weapons flowed to the Allies. At the start, U-boats patrolled a few miles off the eastern seaboard, savagely attacking scores of defenseless passenger ships and merchant vessels while hastily converted American cabin cruisers and fishing boats vainly tried to stop them. Before long, though, the United States was ramping up what would be the greatest production of naval vessels the world had ever known. Then the battle became a thrilling cat-and-mouse game between the quickly built U.S. warships and the ever-more cunning and lethal U-boats. The historian Richard Snow captures all the drama of the merciless contest at every level, from the doomed sailors on an American freighter defying a German cruiser, to the amazing Allied attempts to break the German naval codes, to Winston Churchill pressing Franklin Roosevelt to join the war months before Pearl Harbor (and FDR's shrewd attempts to fight the battle alongside Britain while still appearing to keep out of it). Inspired by the collection of letters that his father sent his mother from the destroyer escort he served aboard, Snow brings to life the longest continuous battle in modern times. With its vibrant prose and fast-paced action, A Measureless Peril is an immensely satisfying account that belongs on the small shelf of the finest histories ever written about World War II.
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Of all the threats that faced his country in World War II, Winston Churchill said, just one really scared him-what he called the "measureless peril" of the German U-boat campaign. In that global conflagration, only one battle-the struggle for the Atlantic-lasted from the very first hours of the conflict to its final day. Hitler knew that victory depended on controlling the sea-lanes where American food and fuel and weapons flowed to the Allies. At the start, U-boats patrolled a few miles off the eastern seaboard, savagely attacking scores of defenseless passenger ships and merchant vessels while hastily converted American cabin cruisers and fishing boats vainly tried to stop them. Before long, though, the United States was ramping up what would be the greatest production of naval vessels the world had ever known. Then the battle became a thrilling cat-and-mouse game between the quickly built U.S. warships and the ever-more cunning and lethal U-boats. The historian Richard Snow captures all the drama of the merciless contest at every level, from the doomed sailors on an American freighter defying a German cruiser, to the amazing Allied attempts to break the German naval codes, to Winston Churchill pressing Franklin Roosevelt to join the war months before Pearl Harbor (and FDR's shrewd attempts to fight the battle alongside Britain while still appearing to keep out of it). Inspired by the collection of letters that his father sent his mother from the destroyer escort he served aboard, Snow brings to life the longest continuous battle in modern times. With its vibrant prose and fast-paced action, A Measureless Peril is an immensely satisfying account that belongs on the small shelf of the finest histories ever written about World War II.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Dossett

Length:

10h 27m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

29:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

24:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

24:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

16:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

25:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

18:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

31:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

11:01


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:54