At All Costs: How a Crippled Ship and Two American Merchant Marines Turned the Tide of World War II

Version: Unabridged
Author: Sam Moses
Narrator: Michael Prichard
Genres: History, Military
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: December 2006
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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In this astonishing untold account of heroism and history, two American Merchant Mariners board a burning and sinking ship in the Mediterranean and change the course of World War II.

In 1942, the small Mediterranean island of Malta was the most heavily bombed place on earth. Its submarine and air attacks on Axis supply convoys were all that kept Rommel from marching across North Africa to take the oil in Iran and Iraq for Hitler. But Malta was out of fuel, down to its final days. Operation Pedestal was Malta's last hope, a giant convoy with more that 50 warships escorting thirteen freighters and one life-or-death tanker, the SS Ohio, carrying 103,000 barrels of oil from Texas. It was bombed, torpedoed, and abandoned. Two American Merchant Mariners, Frederick Larsen and Francis Dales---their own freighters sunk in towering flames along with eight others---boarded the Ohio, repaired the guns, and fought the Axis dive-bombers for two days as the sinking tanker was towed by destroyers. Malta was saved, Rommel was turned back, and the Allies started to turn the tide of war.

At All Costs is a gripping story reported in grand historic fashion. It is a tale of unimaginable personal courage and indomitable determination.

Reviews (4)

Little known History

Written by tom from Lafayette, IN on September 10th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Having read and watched various accounts of WWII over the years I had never heard about this particular venture. It is flat amazing what our navy and merchant marine did to preserve our freedom. Story is well paced and well written.

So little known...

Written by BJS on July 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I am a history lover & an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, Nurse Corps. Listening to this book, I was so enthralled I had to go find the paperback version to see the map, photos, read along. What an amazing, little known story! The commitment of these men, the perserverance of the Maltese, the fearsome obstacles to reach the island are sobering & awesome. There is also a website (Google for it) that shows more photos. Thanks to the author for capturing this powerful story from our history & telling it with such verve & eye for detail!

Great & True

Written by David Goodrich on January 24th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I found the book very enlightening. The ordeal was alive as you listened and the importance of the convoy is so clear to the reader.

At All Costs

Written by Adam on October 24th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Not every WWII story is interesting but this one goes beyond dull. The book is billed as gripping-I did let go of the grip on my steering wheel to turn this tedious book off.

Author Details

Author Details

Moses, Sam

Sam Moses is the author of the acclaimed race-driving memoir, "Fast Guys, Rich Guys, and Idiots," and a former senior writer for "Sports Illustrated," He began writing as a U.S. Navy Seaman on a heavy cruiser in action off Vietnam. He lives with his two sons in White Salmon, Washington.

"From the Hardcover edition."