"White’s superb command of the
language is apparent in the opening
sentences and should be enough to rivet the reader’s attention to
aspect of the war that Churchill acknowledged had
caused him the deepest
concern and most anxiety."
"Worthy and elegant literature…Bitter Ocean may be the
book on the subject and may also preclude the need for
any other book to
be written about."
—Associated Press, June 7, 2006
"Superior history… A better
starting place for the general reader
to begin learning about this epic portion of World War
II would be hard
—Publisher’s Weekly, March 27,
"In Bitter Ocean, David Fairbank White, author of the novel
Bearing, looks at the Battle of the Atlantic through a novelist’s
and his view of the crucial World War II conflict is often
—Naval History Magazine, August 2006
"A tense and gripping
narrative of a crucial, yet often
unappreciated part of World War II, ‘Bitter Ocean’ reads
enthralling novel. Whoever thinks history is dull and
boring should read
—Nashville Tennessee, May 21, 2006
"This book is a fabulous
read…clear, descriptive and lively…"
—Charleston, S. C. Post and Courier, July 9, 2006
""David Fairbank White has weaved an
and well documented tale of the sacrifices of 36,000
Allied sailors and
airmen…who fought and died to keep supplies
running from the United States and Canada to Europe."
—Flint, Mi. Journal, June 4, 2006
"The use of archival
material and fresh interviews brings new life to the saga of how the
Allies fought a costly battle – 36,000 seamen perished – in
their effort to ferry supplies from the U.S. and Canada to Britain
during World War II."
—Navy Times ,May 8, 2006
"...Marvelously readable...the writing style is firm...and White does
not waste words. He is clear and unpretentious in all that he
—New York Daily News
writes very well and it is a fine and promising novel."
—The Washington Star
devastating in his picture of raw power at work on the powerless...A lot
of the book is sad. A little of it is even funny...David White should be
with the steady control of a writer who knows precisely what he wants to
familiar with a newsroom, or newspaper operation generally, will be
delighted with the authenticity of White's writing about it....The book is
beautifully written. The descriptions of weather and of the harbor day
and night are vivid. The newspaper characters are
"A fast paced work that propels the reader from
page to page, the plot immerses the reader in the intriguing internal
struggles sweeping the country's largest newspaper and a hair raising
catastrophe at sea."
—The San Diego Union
"True Bearing combines the authenticity of a big-city newspaper
cityroom with the world of tugs and tankers. It's fun reading"
—— United Press
fire-in-the-blood excitement of a newshound on the trail of a good