The Hemingway Patrols: Ernest Hemingway and His Hunt for U-Boats

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 18, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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From the summer of 1942 until the end of 1943, Ernest Hemingway spent much of his time patrolling the Gulf Stream and the waters off Cuba’s north shore in his fishing boat, Pilar. He was looking for German submarines. These patrols were sanctioned and managed by the US Navy and were a small but useful part of anti-submarine warfare at a time when U boat attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf and the Caribbean were taking horrific tolls. While almost no attention has been paid to these patrols, other than casual mention in biographies, they were a useful military contribution as well as a central event (to Hemingway) around which important historical, literary, and biographical themes revolve.

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User Review  - alanteder - LibraryThing

Considering that Hemingway and his Crook Factory cronies (I guess technically the term is for the land-based part of the operation, but I rather like it as an all-encompassing title) never actually ... Read full review

THE HEMINGWAY PATROLS: Ernest Hemingway and His Hunt for U-boats Aboard the Pilar

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A unique biography of Ernest Hemingway's World War II experience.At first glance, Hemingway's decision to volunteer to hunt for German U-boats threatening mercantile ships in the Gulf Stream can be ... Read full review


Chapter One A Serious Man
Love and War
Chapter Three Two Kinds of Hunters
Chapter Four The Enemy in the Machine
Chapter Five Amateur Hour
Chapter Six The Wandering Angler
Chapter Seven Fathers and Sons
Chapter Eight And Faded through the Brightening Air
Chapter Nine In Another Country
Epilogue The Meaning of Nothing

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Terry Mort was born and raised in Poland, Ohio, and attended Princeton, where he wrote his senior thesis on the Hemingway Hero. Carlos Baker, Hemingway's official biographer, was one of the readers. Initially interested in a career in academics, Terry opted instead to enlist in the Navy and spent three years on active duty-- two on the West Coast, which included a tour of Vietnam.

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