A Dawn Like Thunder

The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight
By Robert J. Mrazek (Trade Paperback, 2009)
One of the great untold stories of World War II finally comes to light in this thrilling account of Torpedo Squadron Eight and their heroic efforts in helping an outmatched U.S. fleet win critical victories at Midway and Guadalcanal. These 35 American men--many flying outmoded aircraft--changed the course of history, going on to become the war's most decorated naval air squadron, while suffering the heaviest losses in U.S. naval aviation history.
Mrazek paints moving portraits of the men in the squadron, and exposes a shocking cover-up that cost many lives. Filled with thrilling scenes of battle, betrayal, and sacrifice, A DAWN LIKE THUNDER is destined to become a classic in the literature of World War II.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $15.99 US/$19.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316056533

    • On Sale Date: 10/26/2009

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

    Formats Available: Electronic Book, Trade Paperback

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One of the great untold stories of World War II finally comes to light in this thrilling account of Torpedo Squadron Eight and their heroic efforts in helping an outmatched U.S. fleet win critical victories at Midway and Guadalcanal. These 35 American men--many flying outmoded aircraft--changed the course of history, going on to become the war's most decorated naval air squadron, while suffering the heaviest losses in U.S. naval aviation history.
Mrazek paints moving portraits of the men in the squadron, and exposes a shocking cover-up that cost many lives. Filled with thrilling scenes of battle, betrayal, and sacrifice, A DAWN LIKE THUNDER is destined to become a classic in the literature of World War II.

Robert J. Mrazek is the author of Stonewall's Gold, winner of the Michael Shaara Prize for Best Civil War Novel of 1999. A five-term Congressman, he co-authored the law that saved the Manassas battlefield from being bulldozed. He lives in upstate New York and Maine.
  • "A Dawn Like Thunder  melds a good story with solid and skeptical research....Fast-paced and yet personal, Mrazek's narrative carries the reader to Midway quickly. But it does not stop there, as so many other accounts have....With A Dawn Like Thunder Mrazek earns the title of historian, one that this reviewer does not apply lightly." (Washington Post).

  • "The graceful cadence of Mrazek's unadorned, readable prose seems destined to establish the retired U.S. congressman-turned-novelist as a major figure in historical nonfiction and make A Dawn Like Thunder a classic in its field."
    (Oregonian).

  • "A Dawn Like Thunder hooked me from the first page and didn't let go... A stirring, truly heroic book that is destined to become a classic."

  • "A remarkably vivid tale of valor, fate, and young men dying young. Mrazek's epic story, reconstructed with breathtaking research and recounted with a novelist's keen eye for detail, is a worthy monument to Torpedo Squadron Eight."

  • (Library Journal).

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A Dawn Like Thunder
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $15.99 US/$19.99 CAN
  • Pages: 560
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316056533
  • On Sale Date: 10/26/2009
A Dawn Like Thunder