|The promise of tomorrow begins today
clarity of nightmare - the chaplains taking charge of the dwindling supply of life jackets, the panic of the
crew, the overcrowded lifeboats, the prayers that ring out over the chaos, and the tight circle that the
four chaplains form as the inevitable draws near.
In No Greater Glory, Dan Kurzman tells how four extraordinary men left their mark on a single night of
war - and forever changed the lives of those they saved. Riveting and inspiring, this is a true story of
heroism, of goodness in the face of disaster, and of faith that transfigures even the horror of war.
From the Editor.
|"No Greater Glory" by Dan Kurzman
story of the Four Immortal Chaplains
and the sinking of the
USAT Dorchester in World War II
About the book...
Greenland shortly after midnight on February 3, 1942,
was one of the worst sea disasters of World War II. It
was also the occasion of an astounding feat of
heroism - and faith.
As water gushed through a hole made by a German
torpedo, four chaplains—members of different faiths
but linked by bonds of friendship and devotion—
moved quietly among the men onboard. Preaching
bravery, the chaplains distributed life jackets,
including their own. In the end, these four men went
down with the ship, their arms linked in spiritual
solidarity, their voices raised in prayer. In this
spellbinding narrative, award-winning author and
journalist Dan Kurzman tells the story of these heroes
and the faith—in God and in country—that they
They were about as different as four American
clergymen could be. George Lansing Fox (Methodist),
wounded and decorated in World War I, loved his
family and his Vermont congregation—yet he re-
enlisted as soon as he heard about Pearl Harbor.
Rabbi Alex Goode was an athlete, an intellectual, and
an adoring new father—yet he too knew, the day
Pearl Harbor was bombed, that he would serve. Clark
Poling (Dutch Reformed), the son a famous radio
evangelist, left for war begging his father to pray that
he would never be a coward. Father John Washington
(Catholic), a scrappy Irish street fighter, had
dedicated himself to the church after a childhood
brush with death. Chance brought the chaplains
together at a Massachusetts training camp, but each
was convinced that God had a reason for placing
them together aboard the Dorchester.
Drawing on extensive interviews with the chaplains’
families and the crews of both the Dorchester and the
German submarine that fired the fatal torpedo,
Kurzman re-creates the intimate circumstances and
great historic events that culminated in that terrible
night. The final hours unfold with the electrifying