The Hemingway Patrols: Ernest Hemingway and His Hunt for U-boats
Biography focused on Hemingway’s 1942-1943 voluntary pursuit of German U-boats in the Gulf Stream. Relies on wartime documents, the Pilar log, personal correspondence, and other Hemingway papers to reconstruct his operations of going after German submarines in a wooden cabin cruiser. Recounts Martha Gellhorn’s skepticism, dismissing the danger and characterizing the patrols as merely adolescent parties with old drinking buddies. Details Hemingway’s inclusion of sons Patrick and Gregory on some of the missions. Contends that these adventures helped shape his writing of The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream.