Peter Maas' tale of the Squalus and of Navy hero Charles 'Swede' Momsen. Reads like an edge of your seat thriller made even more emotionally resonant since it is a true story.
The man behind the greatest submarine rescue in history.
The true story of the rescue of the crew of 'S-192' the Navy's newest submarine, the USS Squalus.
This has got to be one of the best,.on the edge of your seat readings that I have experienced in a long time. History, real history, action, real action, death around the next page, what's going to happen, how's it going to happen, time is running out . . .
A very, very good read.
Riveting....Thrilling....Suspensefuland from Tom Brokaw: "A suspenseful tale of terror, courage, heroism.....I couldn't put it down."
On the eve of WWII the Squalus, one of Americas newest subs went down. During those early days the rescue capability was very limited. Incredibly, Chales "Swede" Momson was able to rescue thirty three members of the crew. This is the story of that rescue.
This is Swede Momsens' story. A real hero.
Exciting narrative of a submarine disaster and ultimate rescue of most of the crew in 1939 off Portsmouth NH. The book also is an insightful telling of the career of Swede Momsen as he struggled to experiment and find ways to bring people back from the deep; resulting in safety devices mandatory on subs to this day. Not familiar with submarine layout, I did find the descriptions of the various rooms within the submarine hard to follow, and a line drawing would certainly have clarified that for the reader. A couple of little geographic nitpicks from a local, too: The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is not in Portsmouth NH, it is really in Kittery, ME ... and Campobello Island is not in Maine, it is in nearby New Brunswick, Canada. But those are minor points. The book is excellent and kept me reading long after bedtime.
On the eve of World War 11, America's newest submarine plunged helplessly to the North Atlantic bottom during a test dive. Miraculously, thirty three crew members still survived, the sub was the Squalus, this is a narrative of terror, heroism and courage...
A thrilling narrative of heroism and terror when a submarine plunges to the bottom of the sea and is unable to surface.
Who in the world would volunteer to serve in submarines? But their story makes for a good book.
When my friend gave this to me to read I didn't think I'd be able to get into it. Boy was I wrong! This is really a book that keeps your attention from start to finish. The true story of US Navy officer "Swede" Momsen and the first successful submarine rescue.
This is a well-researched narrative of the first deep-water submarine rescue on the eve of WWII and the man who engineered it, Swede Momsen. It also details how he invented the aqualung and fought Navy bureaucracy to get the lung and rescue equipment built, tested, and used.
on th eve of World war two the Squalus America's newest submarine plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic Miraculously thirty three crew memeber still survived. while their loved one waited in unbearable tension on shore their ultimate fate would depend upon one man U,.S. Navy officer Cahrles swede Momsen and extraordinary combination of visionary scientist and a man of action
Great book. True story of some larger than life American heroes.
On the eve of World War II, the Squalus, America's newest submarine, plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic. Miraculously, 39 crew members still survived. While their loved ones waited in unbearable tension on shore, their ultimate fate would depend upon one man, US Navy officer Charles "Swede" Momsen - an extraordinary combination of visionary, scientist, and man of action. In this thrilling true account, prize winning author Peter Maas vividly re-creates a moment-by-moment accoutn of the disaster and the man at its center. Could he actually pluck those men from a watery grave? Or had all his pioneering work been in vain?