Books: Ships Going Down

THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC, 1939-1943 (432 pp.)—Samuel Eliot Morison—Little, Brown ($6).

When Harvard Historian Samuel Eliot Morison offered to write the history of the U.S. Navy in World War II, Harvard-man Franklin D. Roosevelt enthusiastically gave him a free hand. Professor Morison was commissioned a lieutenant commander in 1942 and found every Navy office ashore and every hatch afloat open to him. He spyglassed the war from eleven different ships of his own choice. The Battle of the Atlantic, the story of convoys from September 1939 to May 1943, has been checked...

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