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Bestselling novelist Cussler (Shock Wave) and Dirgo are both members of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, a group financed principally by the income from Cussler's books and dedicated to finding famous marine wrecks. Not treasure hunters, they merely hope to locate the corpses of lost ships and give the artifacts they recover to museums and historical societies. In this absorbing, fast-paced collection, they chronicle searches for such ships as the Lexington, lost in Long Island Sound in 1840; the Zavala, a ship of the Republic of Texas Navy that ran aground in the Galveston Ship Channel in 1842 and is now under a parking lot; several vessels from the Civil War era, including the Hunley, the first submarine to sink a warship, and her victim, the Housatonic; and the Leopoldville, a troop transport torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1944 with the loss of 800 GIs, a disaster the U.S., Britain and Belgium all tried to cover up. The authors begin each chapter with a "slightly dramatized" account of the actual shipwreck. More convincing are Cussler's first-person reminiscences of searches and salvages. The text is supplemented by well-drawn maps. 400,000 first printing.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
YA. Drawing upon research and his own dramatic interpretations, Cussler describes 12 deep-sea wrecks, one of which is actually a steam locomotive. He introduces each incident through a fictionalized account of the tragedy and a map that shows the general geography under discussion. The author then describes the various attempts he and his companions made before actually locating that specific site. Often filled with humorous remarks and barbed comments, this firsthand narrative of the physical and mental challenges they faced also provides insight into the human and bureaucratic factors involved in such explorations. Selected photographs of ships appear in the midsection of the book. Cussler deftly re-creates the terror, courage, and often horrible deaths of the people aboard the wreck, thus enlivening the past. He transfers a sense of driven energy, excitement, and commitment through his accounts. Bound to appeal to adventurous YAs, and a good supplemental curriculum tie-in.?Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I just loved this book! I really enjoyed the mixture of past and present and how the past seemed to come alive. Read morePublished on July 15 2009 by Xmas Girl
In his spare time Clive Cussler, the renowned author of adventure stories starring Dirk Pitt, hunts for historic ships that went down at sea or on rivers, by the hand of nature or... Read morePublished on April 8 2003 by Linda Oskam
Great Book. I'm not one for non-fiction, but this is an exception. It has exciting historical-fiction stories about actual sunken ships and a non-fiction account of how the author,... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2002 by Lysette
Your e-mail address is longer secure. Why?? Zeff Loria is not mentioned in any of your credits. Why would that be?? Maybe you want to take all the credit? Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2001
This book was incredible. I thought it was very enjoyable. The book's author takes you with him in investigating and searching for some of the most interesting ship wrecks in... Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2001 by David Wallace
Cussler (along with Craig Dirgo) recounts the real-life searches for a number of famous shipwrecks (and a lost locomotive) in this non-fiction book. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2001 by johnglor94
Clive Cussler deserves everyone's thanks for not only finding the Hunley but taking the steps necessary to insure that it would be protected from salvagers, responsibly recovered... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2001 by Nagato
Not the usual Pitt novel, but a true life telling of Mr. Cusslers' attempts to find historys' lost pages. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2001 by D. Eichholz
Being an individual who is extemely interested in undersea archeology, I found it to be a fascinating book. Mr. Read morePublished on June 13 2000