Since its founding more than two hundred years ago, the United
States Coast Guard has rescued over a million people. On any given
day, "Coasties" respond to 125 distress calls and save over a dozen
lives. Yet despite having more than 50,000 active-duty and reserve
members on every ocean and on our nation's coasts, great lakes, and
rivers, most of us know very little about this often neglected but
crucial branch of the military.
In "Rescue Warriors," award-winning journalist David Helvarg brings
us into the daily lives of Coasties, filled with a salty maritime
mix of altruism and adrenaline, as well as dozens of death-defying
rescues at sea and on hurricane-ravaged shores.
Helvarg spent two years with the men and women of the Coast Guard,
from the halls of their academy in New London, Connecticut, to the
frigid, storm-tossed waters of Alaska's Bering Sea, to the northern
Persian Gulf, where they currently guard Iraqi oil terminals. The
result is a masterpiece of adventure reporting---the definitive
book on America's "forgotten heroes."
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