The Finest Hours is presented in a journalistic fashion. A very matter of fact documentation of a United States Coast Guard rescue of two tanker ships broken up in a violent storm. Pretty much sans emotion on the part of the narrator, Malcolm Hillgartner, the story requires reader imagination to visualize the hair-raising circumstances only hinted at in the writing.

The cover is the most dramatic of images, but the text doesn’t bring such dire events to life. There must have been some chilling, breathtaking moments – terror beyond belief, right? But … not here.

The book was made into a movie. Big loss for the studio. Wikipedia.


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