Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Slade Cutter: Submarine Warrior

Superb Account of a Great Man's Life, January 14, 2005
By Sarah Mackay (Seattle, WA)

"This book depicts Captain Cutter's life very well. The book is not only about his heroic feats as a Captain in WWII, but in other areas of his life as well. In everything Captain Slade Cutter attempted he did it with integrity and passion."

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Slade Cutter’s heroic feats as an athlete and World War II submarine commander left an indelible mark on the U.S. Navy. From a humble upbringing on a Depression-era farm in Illinois, he became one of America’s most formidable and decorated officers of the war, earning four Navy Crosses and a Presidential Unit Citation as the commander of a submarine in the Pacific that sank twenty-three ships. His brilliant tactics and unusual exploits are the stuff of legends, yet no biography has been previously published about him. Now, with complete and exclusive access to Cutter, who lives in Annapolis, journalist Carl LaVO presents a remarkably candid portrait of the storied captain. He draws on countless interviews with Cutter and with many of his shipmates and admirers, as well as a few detractors. Cutter’s own views about his naval career and the inner ticking of the Navy’s hierarchy are always forthright and make a unique and memorable contribution to the official record.

The biography also pays welcome attention to Cutter’s athletic achievements at the Naval Academy in the 1930s. A charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame, he single-handedly beat Army in 1935 to end a thirteen-year losing streak for the midshipmen. An undefeated collegiate heavyweight boxer often compared with the great Joe Lewis, Cutter says he never regretted turning down an offer to become a professional and vie for the world heavyweight championship. The book offers a parade of colorful figures that played a role in Cutter’s life, from his pre-Annapolis days to his post-war cruise aboard the nation’s first atomic sub, his stint as the Academy’s athletic director, and service as captain of a cruiser in the Bay of Pigs operation in Cuba. LaVO’s honest account of this national hero and Cutter’s own insights into the Navy of the mid-twentieth century make exciting reading for a broad range of readers.

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