The Adventures of M. James

The Adventures of M. James

A Sailor's Diary Aboard the USS Monterey, CVL-26

by Michael James

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 15/01/2005

 
The Adventures of M. James is a rare and direct account of the Pacific War told through the eyes of a sensitive enlisted man-a pacifist who discovers an eagerness for battle; a compassion for the enemy and in the end, a confidence in his own ability. This is the secret diary of a young sailor written aboard the light aircraft carrier USS Monterey during World War II. The Adventures of M. James is a rare and direct account of the Pacific War told through the eyes of a sensitive enlisted man-a pacifist who discovers an eagerness for battle; a compassion for the enemy and in the end, a confidence in his own ability. From 1943 to 1946, Michael James recorded his thoughts and unique observations as they occurred, with passion, innocence and wry humor. He chronicles both the excitement and boredom of war including eleven major battles and a massive typhoon that nearly destroyed his ship and almost swept Assistant Navigator Lt. Gerald R. Ford overboard. Through his story, the reader gains a genuine sense of James' character, and an understanding of why it was that a fellow shipmate told him,"there's not a man aboard this ship that wouldn't give you the shirt off his back."
ISBN:
9780976204626
9780976204626
Category:
Biography & True Stories
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
15-01-2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
Turn of the Screw Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
160
Dimensions (mm):
267x210x12.7mm
Weight:
0.68kg
Michael James

Michael James grew up in Penzance, West Cornwall. He moved to London at the age of 18 and worked at the five-star Selsdon Park Hotel before joining Tom Aikens at the two-Michelin star restaurant Pied-a-Terre.

It was here he met his Australian wife Pippa. After moving to Sydney in 2004, he had the opportunity to work and learn with Dave McGuinness and Paul Allam at Bourke Street Bakery.

This job was the start of his baking career, and he has never looked back.

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