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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Kurzman Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538467008
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During the night of February 3, 1943, a torpedo shattered the side of the SS Dorchester off the coast of Greenland. The 904 men aboard, who would certainly have drowned, were saved, thanks to the tremendous bravery of the four chaplains aboard: the Reverend George L. Fox (Methodist), the Reverend Clark V. Poling (Dutch Reformed), Father John P. Washington (Roman Catholic), and Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) who distributed life jackets to the troops, including, in the end, their own. No Greater Glory is a riveting story of four men of God who came from different backgrounds but found common ground in courageously serving God and country.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Former Washington Post correspondent Kurzman follows the men from their enlistments to that fateful night, detailing their families and travails along the way. The result is the fullest reckoning yet for the men who have become known as the ‘Four Immortal Chaplains,’ who have previously been commemorated by the US Postal Service, with a stamp issued in their honor.”

    Publishers Weekly 

  • “The chaplains have been commemorated over the years in various media but never in so comprehensive a fashion as in Kurzman’s book. His research of primary documents associated with each chaplain’s life and religious career and interviews of people who knew them pays off in a narrative that not only recalls the men’s personalities but also the quality of their faith in God…movingly commemorated in this poignant account, which is bound to connect with spiritually minded readers.”

    Booklist

  • “A moving, memorable episode in WWII naval history…carefully detailed and very well narrated: a fine tonic for those weary of sectarian division.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • No Greater Glory flows like a novel and reminds the reader that the foundation of most religions in love, not hatred. Well written and highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Tone carries a lot of weight in William Dufris’ reading. He doesn’t do individual voices but ably sets the appropriate mood with inflection, whether he’s voicing a wife’s memories of her late husband or an official report. The package bears the men’s likenesses as seen at the Pentagon Chapel.”

    AudioFile

  • “One of the greatest survival stories of World War II. A tale full of heroism and courage in the face of genuine horror.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The story of the Four Immortal Chaplains once occupied a place in the American patriotic imagination alongside Valley Forge and Gerrysburg…[Today their] deeds in 1943 still inspire.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Kurzman has done his homework, yet avoids overwhelming readers with details…The book reads like a novel, tracing the path of faith that led each chaplain to that fateful night.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Kurzman takes this gigantic tragedy and tells it in very personal terms…The writing style is compelling…Kurzman records dozens of tales of heroism, large and small. One can only marvel at the superhuman feats man is capable of in times of crisis.”

    Indianapolis Star

  • “A story of courage and high ideals…The shining example of the four chaplains of the Dorchester lives on.”

    Roanoke Times

  • “An intensely personal moving account of the events and personalities involved in the catastrophe and its clouded aftermath.”

    Sea Power

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 6/26/2013

    " What a day to finish. We all can't go down with a ship, but we can do something for others while we're alive. Do now so memories of you will live on after your last breath. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Brown | 7/24/2012

    " The heroism and the story behind it are pretty amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Budget Books | 11/14/2011

    " A moving book about a little known story of great courage during WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 10/13/2011

    " The event and sacrifices are tragic and inspirational, but sometimes the rhapsodizing is a bit too much. Your milage may vary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Budget Books | 12/18/2010

    " A moving book about a little known story of great courage during WWII.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 5/19/2009

    " The event and sacrifices are tragic and inspirational, but sometimes the rhapsodizing is a bit too much. Your milage may vary. "

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About the Author

Dan Kurzman was an American journalist and novelist of many military history books. He earned a Bachelor's degree in political science from University of California at Berkeley, worked as an NBC news correspondent in Jerusalem, and worked as the foreign policy correspondent for the Washington Post. In 1965 he received the George Polk award for external reporting. He was also the recipient of the Cornelius Ryan Award.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.