Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Nov 5, 2013 - HISTORY - 288 pages
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From a mesmerizing storyteller, the gripping search for a missing World War II crew, their bomber plane, and their legacy.

On September 1, 1944, a massive American bomber carrying eleven men vanished over the tiny Pacific archipelago of Palau, leaving behind a trail of mysteries. For more than sixty years, the U.S. government, the children of the missing airmen, and a maverick team of scientists and scuba divers searched the archipelago for clues with cutting-edge technology and unyielding determination. They crawled through thickets of mangrove and slogged into groves of poison trees, flew over the islands in private planes shooting infrared photography, trolled the water with magnetometers and side-scan sonar, and launched grid searches on the seafloor, but the trail seemed to lead nowhere. Now, in a spellbinding narrative, Wil S. Hylton weaves together the true tale of the missing men, their final days, the loved ones left wondering, and the broad sweep of world events that converged upon their last mission.
With more than 56,000 troops still missing, the Pacific theater of World War II accounts for two-thirds of all American MIAs over the past century. These soldiers have never been seen again. But our government has never stopped trying to find them, and for two generations, their families have passed down the wounds of war, unable to find closure in a story without an ending. This is the story of those missing soldiers, the families they left behind, and the legion of scientists, explorers, archeologists, and deep-sea divers who offered everything to finally give their story an ending.

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Review: The Vanished (Blemished #2)

User Review  - Kira - Goodreads

This is a good sequel, it picks up right where you left the story. The ending while not quite a cliff hanger, it leaves you wanting the next book now. Read full review

Review: Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II

User Review  - Briant - Goodreads

This book started out almost like a fiction novel and then seemed to transition into a non-fiction, historical book. However, I learned so much more about the War in the Pacific that it made up for the rote historical narrative. Read full review

About the author (2013)

Wil S. Hylton is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. His award-winning stories have appeared in many national magazines, including Harper's, Esquire, GQ, and Rolling Stone, and have been chosen for the books The Best American Political Writing, Best Music Writing, and The Best Business Stories of the Year. He teaches creative nonfiction in the Master's in Writing program at Johns Hopkins University. Vanished is his first book.

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