Ships of Power, Ships of Vengeance: The US Navy in WWII and the Cold War
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday, November 6, 2022
Capitol Extension Room E2.030
1100 Congress Avenue, AUSTIN Texas

Two new books emphasize the heroism and resilience of members of the US Navy during the arduous final year of World War II as well as the start of the Cold War amidst rising hostility. Brent E. Jones’ Days of Steel Rain is the riveting account of the USS Astoria crew, a group of men whose motivation to fight had already started to dwindle as they faced, and succeeded in, challenges they never could have imagined at sea. Who Can Hold the Sea, written by the late James Hornfischer (†), narrates the major contributions of the US Navy at the start of the Cold War, from refining sonar technology to developing the nuclear submarine that eventually led to US victory.

Moderator: Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle culture editor and former media editor for defense specialist news agency DFAXJames D. Hornfischer (†), Brent E. Jones, Who Can Hold The Sea: The U.S. Navy In The Cold War 1945-1960, Days of Steel Rain: The Epic Story of a WWII Vengeance Ship in the Year of the Kamikaze


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