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At All Costs: How a Crippled Ship and Two American Merchant Marines Turned the Tide of World War II MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged


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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (1 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400153042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400153046
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,131,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Taylor on 22 Mar 2013
Format: Paperback
Santa Elisa was a USA merchnat ship and was sunk of Cape bon in the med on Op Pedestal , survivors were picked up by HMS Penn and then made for the rear of the convoy or what was left of it.
The Ohio an American ship brilliantly built, had been torpedoed, bombed, and had two aircraft crash onto her upper decks her crew had to leave her on two occasions because of damage. HMS Ledbury led her with a blue light as she had no navigation on towards Malta. HMS Bradbury, Ledbury, and Pen tied themselves to the Ohio and started to drag her towards Malta. At this point she had no engines and steerage was seriously damaged. rudder was jammed and the shape of the hull made her want to go in circles. when the Ohio was in sight of Malta other rescued crews went aboard and assisted the Ohio crew. from that point on she was not attacked again. and was pushed and pulled by other boats into Malta and saved 75% of her cargo.

Brave crewmen they were on the Santa Elisa but please do not try to say two men saved the Ohio.

I for that reason will not even purchase this book.

Read "Pedastal" by Peter C Smith and "The Ohio" for the true story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Sarling on 13 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
This account of Operation Pedestal brings home the importance of this supply convoy to Malta during WW11. It is well written and describes in vivid detail the thoughts and suffering of seamen in wartime. Everyone who appreciates living in a free world should read this book. I will await the film version with anticipation.
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By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Nov 2011
Format: Paperback
"At All Costs" tells the story of the 60 ship convoy that carried crucial airplane fuel and other supplies to Malta in August 1942. This book casts light on the critical, but little known role of Malta and its supply convoys when control of the Mediterranean was in the balance. Like Britain, Malta relied on sea transport to provide the supplies it required to hold out against Axis attack and like Britain, those supplies were in jeopardy. During 1942 it was the most bombed area on earth. The Allied position in North Africa was dependent on holding Malta's place astride the sea lanes. The indispensable commodity was the fuel that would keep the RAF in the air.

This book is the saga of the men who made the defense a successful: Winston Churchill, who convinced Franklin Roosevelt to loan the tanker SS Ohio to the British, the Royal Navy personnel who protected it and the merchant seamen who guided it through incessant air and submarine attack until it reached its, and the Allies', goal.

Well written, "At All Costs" provides insights into Coalition Warfare at its highest and lowest echelons. The writing is good, blending historical research with first person action. As adventure or history it is a great read.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Angell on 19 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
Further to the request for me to write a review of this book, I have to say that I would if I had received it.

The book was ordered over a month ago, and it is still awaited.

However, I will be happy to write a review of how quickly Messrs Amazon refund my money.

The 'one star' rating was only entered as the website would not work without it.

Thank you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I kept waiting, to the very end, for how these 2 men saved the convoy 26 Dec 2011
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I guess this is a spoiler: but the claim of this book that '2' men saved the convoy, isn't what happens, not even in this book.

If only had focused on what this story is really about (rather then try to create a whole different drama). The story of how Malta was saved is about a CONVOY where MANY men played a part in many different ways, under horrible difficulties, to succeed in getting through against incredible odds. (many of whom didn't survive the odds) It is about an incredible convoy being assembled and going through hell to save Malta from having to surrender to Germany.

The book gets confusing and convoluted trying to make it into a different story geared to 2 men that were part of the Convoy, but not even main characters.

And it really misled from the start since the story doesn't go at all with the hipe on the cover and throughout the story. Even the author himself couldn't make it end that way; and that says it about this book.

I read the book completely through but I just ended up wanting to read something else, something that would give some reliable information about the real story of the convoy to Malta.

Spoiler: about midway through the book it says that his wife was supposed to have reached America but she was not there - and that is all one hears about her until the end when he gets a telegraph stating that she is in America. Again that same misleading of making it sound like something happened and she didn't reach America, only to have her be there; without ever mentioning how she went from not making to getting there. Too much unnecessary effort to make it over-dramatic, which just made it misleading and unreliable instead.

Recommend instead: Pedestal: the Malta Convoy of August 1942
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
At All Costs by Sam Moses 9 Nov 2006
By Scott in Newtown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Sailing on the open ocean under the US flag was a high risk proposition during World War II and many American sailors died on merchant ships that were attached by German U boats, Battleships and bombers. War supply convoys were the only way to get material through to the forces that need it. "At All Costs" takes an intimate look at a critically important convoy. A last ditch effort to bring supplies to a tiny island fighting for life and surrounded an enemy bent on their destruction.

A ship fully loaded with highly flammable aviation fuel, kerosene, and ammunitions is dangerous in peace time with good weather. Now learn what it was like to sail that cargo through the tight quarters of the Mediterranean surrounded by fellow targets under intense enemy attack. If you can put this book down, you probably really need the sleep.

I also enjoyed Sea of Thunder by Evan Thomas and Masters of the Air by Donald L. Miller
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating inside war story 10 Nov 2006
By Nick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a book with a balanced view of the men and women fighting that terrible war - and the reasons for doing so! I was enthralled with the bravery, the story of a woman in the grip of the Gestapo rescuing herself and her infant son while her husband - not knowing she was trying to make her escape - was fighting in the biggest naval battle of 1942 - a battle with became the turning point of the war and spelled defeat for Rommel and the Italians, the beginning of the end. What a wonderfully written, clear and exciting book. Not your usual war story, this is for every person, not just WWII history fans.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The real hero's of WW2 in the Merchant Marines 11 Nov 2006
By Sean Riva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is not only totaly fact, but tells the real story of how and why we won WW2. I am amazed a movie has not been done atleast twice over on this topic. History teachers of America should use this book, and Hollywood should make a movie. Read this book and wait for the movie to come! An amazing book! If you know of, heard about, or read Benedict Arnold's Navy by James L. Nelson, Sea of Thunder by Evan Thomas, The Terrible Hours by Peter Maas, Simple Courage by Frank Delaney, or Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney Do Not Miss This...
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fun read but 22 Jun 2007
By James V. Maclean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ok is this great book, no. Is it a good read, well yes? The problem is that there are too many little mistakes that were made, pp 192 he refers to the battleship, Trieste. The Trieste was a Heavy Cruiser. The photograph identified as a JU-88 twin engine passing over a cruiser, is actually a tri-motor Italian bomber, you can even see the Italian markings on the planes wings. I don't even know what to do with this statement, pp 184, "German historians have long wondered how Churchill managed to persuade Stalin to join the allies." Hmm that little thing of Germany invading Russia may have had something to do with it, yah think. There are odd little statements throughout the book which has no basis in historic fact, the Swedes allowed the Germans to enter Norway through the backdoor. ????? Weak on sources, most are dated; there are far better histories of the Italian Navy then the ones used.
With all that this is still a great read and the guts that many of these men, not all, is truly remarkable. Would make a great film.
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