Ms. Wiggins has scooped other World War II and U-boat writers with this excellent rendering of recent and unique first-hand interviews recorded from all levels (admiral to seaman) of German U-boat survivors. The author deftly sets the scene for each of these adventures, but rightfully leaves the telling of their individual stories to their own words. Besides the substance of the tales themselves, what makes the book so special is the realization that without publication at this time, most of the interviews and much of the fine research very probably would have been lost. While some of the U-boat veterans undoubtedly came from backgrounds of naval tradition, most (as in our own US Navy) were just ordinary citizens caught in a wartime situation but dedicated to doing their best while serving their country. Their stories reflect the same hopes and fears, hardship and respite, good luck and bad of all those who go to war; each told in the refreshing light of their own personal experience. The reader is equally struck by the universality of these recollections as those of all who go to sea in ships; noting that regardless of nationality, a sailor's first and last enemy remains the elements themselves. This fine collection of stories Ms. Wiggins presents are fascinating reading for all who may be interested in knowing "the rest of the story" about German U-boat operations in World War II. Her sensitive presentation is simply outstanding.