On the night of February 18, 1952, during one of the worst winter storms that New England has ever seen, two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half by the force of the storm. The Finest Hours: the True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman tells the harrowing story of a Coast Guard rescue when four men in a tiny lifeboat overcame insurmountable odds and saved more than 30 stranded sailors.
Bombs Over Bikini: the World’s First Nuclear Disaster by Connie Goldsmith is the story of Bikini Atoll. On March 7, 1946, the people of the Bikini Atoll bade their home good-bye. They were promised by the U.S. government that they would get their islands back once nuclear testing was completed. After two bombs were tested there, fallout settled upon the nearby unevacuated islands of Rongelap, creating the world’s first nuclear disaster.
Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman is about the “other Ellis Island”. It traces how Angel Island served as an entry point for one million Asian immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century, drawing on memoirs, diaries, letters and “wall poems” discovered at the facility long after it closed.