Magazine article Sea Classics

Brothers at War

Magazine article Sea Classics

Brothers at War

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Sometimes the creation of a book comes about in a most unusual manner. Working as a newspaper reporter, William Geroux was covering a town forum during 1991. Certainly not the most exciting of events, Geroux was suddenly captivated as some of the older citizens began recounting their memories of ships being torpedoed by German U-boats right off the shore of Virginia.

Nearly ten-years later, Geroux came across the story of Mathews County, Virginia - a rural strip of land along the fertile Chesapeake that sent one of the largest concentrations of sea captains and merchant mariners of any community in America to fight in WWII. Then, the reporter knew he had a story. Inspired by what he had heard and learned, William Geroux wrote The Mathews Men (Viking, ISBN 978-0525-42815-2, $28).

The author weaves together the story of the extraordinary Hodges family (which sent seven sons to the Merchant Marine) and their neighbors and friends in Mathews. …

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