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Robert Watson (2017)

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Robert Watson ’s new book, The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn , tells the chilling story of the HMS Jersey , a prison ship during the American Revolution on which more Americans died than were lost to combat during the entirety of the war. Moored off the coast of Brooklyn until the end of the war, the derelict ship was a living hell for thousands of Americans who were either captured by the British or accused of disloyalty. Conditions below deck were horrific. Up to 1,000 prisoners were crammed together without light or fresh air, and little food and water. Disease was rampant. Watson sheds light on this oft-forgotten tragedy in this well-researched with hundreds of accounts culled from old newspapers, diaries, and military reports. Robert Watson is the author of more than forty books and is a frequent media commentator. He has been interviewed thousands of times by local, national, and international television, radio, print and online outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, Time, USA Today , the New York Times , the BBC, and others, and has appeared on C-SPAN’s Book TV , Hardball with Chris Matthews , and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart . He lives in Florida.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 13:00

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