For most of the two intense years it took to research and write "At All Costs," there were some 200 history books, biographies and memoirs piled around my desk. Nowhere among them did I find the story told here, about the importance of the island of Malta to the outcome of World War II.
I'd like to think I've found a missing link to the story of the war. I'd also like to think that readers will find "At All Costs" to be a page-turning, character-driven adventure story, wrapped in the definitive account of the most heavily defended and heavily attacked naval convoy in history.
"An exciting and imperative read, told with verve and empathy," said Publishers Weekly in their starred online review.
I'm gratified that Mark Whitmore, Director of Collections at the Imperial War Museum in London, has said, "Sam Moses has skillfully blended the vivid recollections of many eyewitnesses with a wealth of original documentary research to produce an immensely readable and authoritative account of this crucial operation."
Chapter 4: Fire Down Below
Fred Larsen’s Irish grandfather, the woodcarver Christopher Melia, and
William Russell Grace, who founded Grace Line after emigrating from Ireland,
were about the same age and had the same eye for beauty. Had they
lived long enough to see...Read More
Chapter 3: Loose Cannon
At twenty-eight, Lieutenant Reinhard Hardegen, a German U-boat
captain, was a loose cannon. He carried unchecked ambition and relentless
intensity along with his war wounds—a short leg and bleeding
stomach—from the aviation...Read More
Random House Releases "At All Costs"
“Thrillingly told and beautifully researched, AT ALL COSTS is not just the against-all-odds story
of the saving of Malta, but also of how the fate of nations can turn
on the personal bravery of two ordinary men.”
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