Boot : The Boat

ISBN-10: 0304352314
ISBN-13: 9780304352319
Edition: 2nd 1999
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cassell P L C
Publication date: 4/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

It is autumn 1941 and a German U-boat commander and his crew set out on yet another hazardous patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic. Over the coming weeks they must brave the stormy waters of the Atlantic in their mission to seek out and destroy British supply ships. But the tide is beginning to turn against the Germans in the war for the North Atlantic - their targets now travel in convoys, fiercely guarded by Royal Navy destroyers, and when contact is finally made the hunters rapidly become the hunted. As the U-boat is forced to hide beneath the surface of the sea a cat-an-mouse game begins, where the increasing claustrophobia of the submarine becomes an enemy just as frightening as the depth charges that explode around it. Written by a survivor of the U-boat fleet - of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned - DAS BOOT is a psychological drama merciless in its intensity, and a classic novel of World War II.

Writer and art collector Lothar-Gnther Buchheim studied at the Academies of Art in Dresden and Munich before becoming a reporter in the German navy during World War II. He was stationed aboard the U-96 in 1941 and took part in submarine operations in the Atlantic Ocean and Straits of Gibraltar. He photographed and wrote about his experience for propaganda purposes, but in 1973 he wrote the novel Das Boot or The Boat, which carried an underlying anti-war message. This novel was made into a German film in 1981. He also wrote U-Boat War, which is a non-fiction work that includes more than 5,000 of his photos from the U-96. He was an art collector that founded a museum to house his collection. He died from heart failure at the age of 89 on February 22, 2007.

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