Author Talk: Kernan Chaisson

Author of 'MAD Cats: The Story of VP-63'

Mad CatsAt the outbreak of World War II, German U-boats were stalking Mid-Atlantic and Caribbean waters, disrupting vital shipments to England. This threatened to starve the British people and deprive England of crucial war supplies. Smoke from burning ships could be seen from coastal cities. Something had to be done. 

Kernan Chaisson's new book, MAD Cats: The Story of the VP-63, describes the effort to develop and prove the Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) that has become a key part of anti-submarine warfare.