The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

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The story behind the major motion picture from Disney--starring Chris Pine, Eric Bana, and Casey Affleck--written by a recognized master of the genre--"a blockbuster account of tragedy at sea" (The Providence Journal).

It's the winter of 1952 and a ferocious Nor'easter is pounding New England with howling winds and seventy-foot seas. Two oil tankers get caught in the violent storm off Cape Cod, its fury splitting the massive ships in two. Back on shore are four young Coast Guardsmen who are given a suicide mission. They must save the lives of the seamen left stranded in the killer storm, and they have to do it in a tiny lifeboat. The crew is led by Bernie Webber, who has to rely on prayer and the courage of his three crewmembers to pull off the impossible. As Webber and his crew sail into the teeth of the storm, each man comes to the realization that he may not come back alive. They've lost all navigation and have no idea where the stranded seaman are, and have no idea how to get back home. Whether by sheer luck or divine intervention, the crew stumbles upon the wounded ship in the darkness. More than thirty men appear at the railings of the SS Pendleton, all hoping to be saved. Once again, Webber and his crew face a daunting challenge. How can they rescue all these men with their tiny lifeboat?

Dripping with suspense and high-stakes human drama, The Finest Hours has incredible and astonishing true-to-life heroism and action-packed rescue scenes. This "marvelous and terrifying yarn" (Los Angeles Times) "deserves a place as a classic of survival at sea" (The Boston Globe).

Author: Michael J. Tougias, Casey Sherman
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Published: 04/13/2010
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.46lbs
Size: 8.44h x 6.70w x 0.55d
ISBN: 9781416567226

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 7.5
Point Value: 6
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 163696 / Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue (Young Readers Adaptation)

Award: Flicker Tale Children's Book Award - Nominee

About the Author
Michael J. Tougias is the author of a number of books, including Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy; Overboard!; The Finest Hours (with Casey Sherman), the basis of the major motion picture released in 2016; Fatal Forecast; and Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do. He is a sought-after lecturer who gives more than seventy presentations each year. He lives in Massachusetts.

Casey Sherman is an acclaimed journalist and author of ten books, including 12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady's Fight for Redemption, a New York Times bestseller and CBS Films's Patriots Day. A graduate of Boston University, he is also a contributing writer for Esquire, Time, The Washington Post, and Boston Magazine. He is a much sought-after national speaker. He lives in Massachusetts.