Providence Journal Best Books of 2014 Washington Post "[The Burning Shore] will be, I think, a real eye-opener for readers who assume that the war was fought in Europe, Asia and Africa, but not here... It would be foolish to wax sentimental about [Kane and Degen's] story, and Offley wisely refrains from doing so, but it does bring the history of the U-boats to an unexpected and quite gratifying conclusion." San Antonio Express-News "Offley expertly accomplishes a spellbinding reconstruction of the first successful sinking of a U-boat in American waters by a U.S. Army Air Forces aircraft... The Burning Shore is an insightful reminder that World War II was not only fought on far-off foreign lands and seas, but close to home as well." Post and Courier (Charleston) "Offley's story is admittedly a small one, covering just the opening few months of the war, but he does a good job of capturing those frightful earlier days of the conflict. The author of several previous books, including Turning the Tide and Scorpion Down, Offley is a good writer, no where is that more evident than in his dramatic chronicling of Kane's attack on U-701 and Degen's struggle to survive." Naval History "Offley's book is a well-researched expose on the early battles of World War II in the Atlantic and highlights tensions on the West Coast...following the attack on Pearl Harbor." Providence Journal "[Offley] reminds us in The Burning Shore that although all the troops who fought in World War II had to cross an ocean first, the war actually did come a lot closer to America. German submariners lurked offshore so close they could see the Coney Island Ferris wheel at night." American Spectator "Offley is a clear and organized writer. His portrayal of events is free of the theorizing that mars the historical works of so many academics. There is no political agenda at work in this clear unfolding of momentous events, made the more immediate by the engaging personal narratives. I like my history straight. With both attention to detail and to story. This is how Ed Offley delivers it." Military History "The Burning Shore is a history of those dreadful early months of the war, a history largely suppressed at the time and rarely alluded to since." Kirkus "An authoritative work on the awful, early effectiveness of German U-boats in disrupting shipping traffic off the east coast of the United States... A knowledgeable overview and exciting re-creation of the final U-701 attack and defeat." Publishers Weekly "Offley, a specialist in underwater operations, evokes the environment of U-boats that were themselves obsolescent -- small, cramped, and operating at the limits of their effective range." Virginian Pilot "[Offley's] been pursuing such Atlantic coast U-boat stories for decades, digging into myriad archives of journals, logbooks, oral histories and more. If Pilot reporter Diane Tennant's series in 2009 piqued your interest, grab this." Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, authors of The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend "We have a special appreciation for dramatic stories of untold wartime heroism, and Ed Offley's gripping tale does not disappoint. Veering from the well-worn paths of World War II's European and Pacific Theaters, Offley's The Burning Shore breaks new ground in its description of the German U-boat invasion of America's Eastern Seaboard in 1942, and the courageous efforts by an undermanned United States military to prevent the Nazis from crippling our war efforts in the Atlantic. Bravo." Robert Gandt, award-winning author of The Twilight Warriors "In this deeply human tale from WWII we meet two warriors--a German U-boat commander and an American bomber pilot--whose lives intersected in the dangerous summer of 1942. Ed Offley's The Burning Shore brings to life the deadly Battle of the Atlantic as Hitler's U-Boats wreaked destruction along America's East Coast. Woven into the story are portraits of courage, sacrifice, and, ultimately, friendship between the former adversaries. A welcome addition to the trove of WWII naval history." David Poyer, author of The Witness of the Whale and The Cruiser "An oft-told tale, but Offley, who has spent decades researching it, makes the U-boat war new again by focusing on two central characters -- a USAAF bomber pilot and the captain of the German submarine he sank. A terrifying evocation of what can happen when America lets its guard down."
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About the Author
Ed Offley has been a military reporting specialist since 1981 for newspapers and online publications. Author of Scorpion Down and Turning the Tide and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Offley served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. He lives in Panama City Beach, Florida with his wife, Karen Conrad.
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