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TheRaft: The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airman against the Sea (Naval Institute Press) Paperback – 28 Feb 1993
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30 August 1999
These three men held on to a hopeless cause and came out victorious. They were without food and water for much of the 34 days they were afloat. The answer to how they did it is probably at the heart of man's will to survive and stay alive. This book is easy to read and the kind of story that motivates one to do the best he can and never give up. It also makes one appreciate what he has a little more. We see that everything can be lost very quickly, as in the case of the downed plane in this book, and that we have to have the mental willpower to survive. Read this book and give it to everyone you know.
20 May 1999
I am a high school English teacher and have used this book in my classes for over twenty years. This is a story that will capture the most reluctant readers and transport them to the South Pacific of 1942 where, along with Harold Dixon, Gene Alrich, and Tony Pastula, they will fight for their lives in a seemingly hopeless situation: adrift at sea in a four by eight foot rubber life raft for thirty-four days and nights -- an inspiring and memorable read!
6 January 1999
"The Raft" is a "No Frills" true story. The facts of the adventure provide any excitement that a reader may require. I enjoyed the frankness. There were none of the usual patriotic sacrifices, colorful speeches, indepth examinations into human psychology; only the story of survival. It was a "One sitting" book and a good ride. I was there on the raft with them.
2 September 1999
I first read this book over 20 years ago as a book-of-the-month paperback selection in jr high school. It is still a fascinating, true life survival story. But rereading it as an adult I find some interesting questions arise that I had not considered back then. Such as, it seems that Dixon is given too much credit for their survival when in fact it was his navigational errors that led to the ditching of the plane in the first place. The story was told by Dixon to a reporter and it is not surprising therefore that he comes off the best of the three. In the story for instance he always refers to the others as "boys" and tends to downplay their contributions. It is interesting that the "boys" became lifelong friends and had little to do with Dixon after the rescue. I think it would have been interesting to hear their version of the story and compare it with Dixon's. Nevertheless, what these three sailors managed to live through and triumph over, is truly inspirational and fascinating reading. I definitely recommend this book.
4 September 1999
I first stumbled across "The Raft" over twenty years ago. In 1982 I left my copy in the back of a taxicab. I loved it so much I haunted used bookstores looking for it (Sorry Amazon.com..I don't buy new books!). I finally found it a few months ago and it was as good now as it was then. Highly Recommended!!
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