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Return to Midway
Return to Midway
by Robert D. Ballard Rick Archbold
Edition: Hardcover
13 used & new from CDN$ 2.21

5.0 étoiles sur 5 A first class account of another famous ship., July 26 2014
Ce commentaire est de: Return to Midway (Hardcover)
Dr Robert D. Ballard seems not to know when to stop - and why should he? We who admire his work and, of course, his books, are much the richer through his sharing of his many adventures with us.

Just as soon as I took delivery of "Return to Midway" I was aware I was a holding a 5 Star Book and there was nothing contained within its 190 pages to make me take away any of those stars. On the contrary, I could so easily have added stars for the factual detail, the readable style of writing, the photography and undoubtedly the artwork. But, in the same way as 5 stars are the most that can be awarded to either a military Generals or an hotel, so 5 stars are the most I could possibly allot to this particular book - and each one is thoroughly well deserved.

As the name suggests, this book is about the author's return to Midway - the scene of one of the fiercest naval battles of WW2. In what has become his customary style, Dr Ballard skilfully takes the reader through his own journey towards his eventual goal whilst giving an accurate account of the Battle of Midway itself. In so doing, he treats us to historic facts, memories from some of those who were there (Americans and Japanese), documents, maps, historic photographs and his own photography which are all combined to produce a story which is as complete as it should be.

The greatest loss on the US side during the battle was the 19,900 ton Aircraft Carrier USS Yorktown - and Ballard's discovery of this wreck almost 3 miles down on the seabed is as great a discovery as either the Titanic or the Bismarck.

Having found this famous and yet elusive ship so deep, the author has again skilfully put together the most complete account of his search, discovery and final success. The various underwater photographs of the ship are then cleverly matched with a description of what the reader is looking at coupled with a photograph of that particular view from when the ship was afloat.

As I have said before when reviewing this man's work; As I know from researching and writing about lesser ships, he really has done the most thorough job of work on all fronts.

Once again, the book's front cover shows the artwork of Ken Marschall. From thousands of photographic images taken far below the surface, montage after montage of the various sections and profiles of the USS Yorktown were created so that Mr Marschall was able to provide us with a number of paintings which are every bit as accurate as a colour photograph.

I congratulate Dr Ballard on yet another excellent and professional job of work. Once again he has succeeded where others only dream.

NM

Robert Ballard's Guadalcanal
Robert Ballard's Guadalcanal
by Robert Ballard
Edition: Hardcover
19 used & new from CDN$ 6.00

5.0 étoiles sur 5 An incredible journey through a graveyard of lost ships., July 26 2014
The work of Dr Robert D. Ballard knows no bounds and is truly inspirational to those of us who read of his exploits and seek to emulate his standards with much lesser shipwrecks.

Once again, just as soon as I took delivery of "The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal" I knew I had a 5 Star Book in my hands and, once again, I found nothing within its 220 pages to make me take away any of those stars.

This book will stand the test of time as a literary work and outstanding account of one of the major naval battle zones of the Pacific in WW2. There are modern photographs including a number taken from the air, historic photographs (American, Australian, Japanese and local) of the places, the personalities, the ships, aircraft and soldiers, some incredible paintings of the night actions that took place, pictures of Ballard's crew as they go about their work and his advanced equipment being deployed and used. There is also a picture of a very young John F. Kennedy in his PT-109.

The first underwater pictures are enough to make the heart stop for just a moment as you realise this man Ballard has done it again - not once, but in this case several times. Commencing with the 9,850 ton Heavy Cruiser HMAS Canberra (the "A" stands for Australian) we no sooner see the first underwater photographs of this once magnificent ship - which went down fight in the opening minutes of the Battle of Savo Island, then we turn the page to find a 3-page open-out spread of Ken Marschall's painting of the entire wreck.

On the opposite side of that 3 page spread is another equally outstanding painting of USS Quincy followed by her own set of underwater photographs. As the story of Guadalcanal continues, so we find more details of US and Japanese successes and losses and the trials and tribulations endured by the forces of both sides as the author carefully draws us towards that part in the overall series of battles that will bring us to his next discovery and Ken Marschall's next incredible painting - the USS Monssen.

With more underwater photographs of yet more of the "Lost Ships of Guadalcanal," and yet more paintings by Ken Marschall, the author skilfully brings the reader both to the end of the series of battles and to the end of his own journey of discovery. Whilst not one of the greatest works of art within the book, one of my favourite paintings is found on p.200. This is an aerial picture of the entire area called "Iron Bottom Sound" - painted as though the water had been removed and showing the location of no fewer than 13 warships, one aircraft and two beached freighters. As part of the caption states ".... that makes this one of the greatest submarine battlefields." Yes it is, and in this book it was all brought back to life by Dr Robert D. Ballard.

An excellent book by any standards.

NM

Graveyards of the Pacific: From Pearl Harbour to Bikini Island by Ballard, Robert D. published by National Geographic Books (2001)
Graveyards of the Pacific: From Pearl Harbour to Bikini Island by Ballard, Robert D. published by National Geographic Books (2001)
by Robert D. Ballard
Edition: Hardcover
2 used & new from CDN$ 58.38

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ballard and National Geographic were never likely to disappoint., July 26 2014
Whenever I see a revolving globe, I always wait for that brief moment when it appears as though planet Earth is nothing but sea - a momentary illusion created by the vast size of the Pacific Ocean. Not even the mighty Atlantic comes close to creating the same effect. Such a great Ocean will, of course, have more than its fair share of shipwrecks and it would be fair to assume that the majority of these are far too deep for modern scuba diving techniques, even beyond those of the deeper venturing technical diver. It would, therefore, take a team of pioneering oceanographers led by a man of the calibre of Dr. Robert D. Ballard to bring images of many of these long-lost ships to the surface. With him working closely with National Geographic to produce a book about that very subject, the results were never likely to disappoint - and they don't.

Add to the foregoing the greatest naval and carrier force encounters of all time between Allied Forces and the Japanese - though largely between US and Japanese fleets, and not only do many of those newly discovered wrecks have striking and courageous stories to tell, but they form part of an underwater fleet of some of the most exciting ships ever to have been launched - and their like will never be seen again.

The Pacific Ocean and the lost ships of WW2 form the background to this book. As an example of how many ships were lost, on page 133 is a small map measuring some 3 in. x 3 in. on which are depicted 14 symbols for sunken warships within a very small area which came to be known as "Iron Bottom Sound." One of those ships is Australian, three are Japanese and ten are American. Incidentally, their individual stories are more fully recounted in Ballard's "Lost Ships of Guadalcanal." Even before I got to that page, I had already encountered that amazing painting by Ken Marschall of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown - 3 miles down, sitting upright on the seabed, seemingly intact and lost during the battle of Midway. Looking serene and peaceful and out of reach of those who plunder such graves, her story is also more fully recounted in another of this author's works entitled "Return to Midway."

Commencing with the atrocity that was Pearl Harbour - a day which really "does" live forever in infamy, Dr. Ballard and his team take the reader through those magnificent yet bloodiest of sea battles that was the War in the Pacific during WW2. Just as each new battle followed the last, we experience; Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, Truk Lagoon and Philippine Sea before we encounter a complete change of mood in time to witness the post-war Atomic Bomb experiments which became synonymous with the remote Pacific coral isle they so easily destroyed - Bikini Atoll.

Over 250 pages in large format and with a well researched and carefully chosen selection of historic and modern photographs, works of art and maps, this is a work the reader can be proud to own - and even more proud to have read! It really is an outstanding work worthy of the names of both the author and the publisher.

NM

By Robert Ballard - Ghost Liners: Exploring the World's Greatest Lost Ships
By Robert Ballard - Ghost Liners: Exploring the World's Greatest Lost Ships
by Robert Ballard
Edition: Hardcover
3 used & new from CDN$ 104.31

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Left me wanting more., July 26 2014
Personally, I rate Dr Ballard's books; The Discovery of the Titanic, Lost ships of Guadalcanal, Return to Midway and Exploring the Lusitania as some of the finest works on the subject of shipwrecks ever to have been published. On this occasion, however, I am left with a feeling of disappointment at finding such a thin book.

Perhaps anything short of the discovery of another Titanic would always be a disappointment to some - but let us examine the content. Firstly, we have 5 of the world's greatest ever shipwrecks; Titanic, Empress of Ireland, Lusitania, Britannic and Andrea Doria. Each of these vessels was a great ship in its own right and their like will never be seen again. Indeed, entire books have been written about each of them - by this author and by others. As with all great shipwreck stories, there is always an element of mystery - arguments for and against the mine versus torpedo theory for example. Those arguments, in addition to all the many other elements of the overall picture, must always be fully presented and reasoned in order to allow readers to draw their own conclusions.

In this book, the text, photography and excellent (as always) illustrations by Ken Marschall are confined to 56 pages. Quite frankly, that is not enough room for any single great shipwreck - let alone five! Easy to see why I was left wanting more.

NM

Robert Ballard's Lusitania
Robert Ballard's Lusitania
by Robert Ballard
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another outstanding record of a famous ship., July 26 2014
Of course, Dr Robert Ballard will forever remain the man who found the Titanic, but in this book he also provides the reader with an extremely well documented account of the loss of the Lusitania.

Mysteries are mysteries and whilst there are those experts which insist such and such happened, there will also be those who assert the opposite. I shouldn't say this I know, but it the way in which Bob Ballard takes such a thorough approach to his subject, it leaves one feeling that the only book you need to read on the entire subject of the loss of the Lusitania is this one.

Exploring the Lusitania - yet another four-funnelled passenger liner built before WW1, is a large coffee-table book approx. A4 size. Just a glance at the pictures throughout the richly illustrated pages (227 altogether) reveals the extent of the research to which the author has gone on behalf of the reader. There are many historic pictures of the ship itself - including when she was no more than a keel. Others include paintings of the day, newspaper cuttings and postcards showing internal and external views. Then there are the photographs of the tragedy itself and the effect it had upon the people of Ireland. Photographs of seemingly unimportant people at the booking office and individuals such as the Captain. Dr Ballard has been equally thorough when it comes to detailing the U Boat which sank the Lusitania and we are treated to almost the same level of coverage of vessel and individuals and their trade of war.

Once again, however, the author has put together the most outstanding collection of artwork created by Ken Marschall. From thousands of photographic images taken from the wreckage itself, Bob Ballard created a complete montage (i.e. a big photograph made up of thousands of little photographs) of the various sections of the wreck so that Mr Marschall was able to provide us with the most accurate paintings of various sections and even the entire wreck. The one painting I had to look at again and again was the painting of the sinking across pages 96/97. For a moment there I thought the world's greatest photographer had been on hand to capture the event.

I congratulate Dr Ballard on another excellent and professional job of work. Another outstanding book and yet again 5 stars are not enough.

NM

Exploring the Lusitania: Probing the Mysteries of the Sinking That Changed History by Ballard, Robert D., Dunmore, Spencer published by Warner Books (1995)
Exploring the Lusitania: Probing the Mysteries of the Sinking That Changed History by Ballard, Robert D., Dunmore, Spencer published by Warner Books (1995)
by Robert D., Dunmore, Spencer Ballard
Edition: Hardcover
2 used & new from CDN$ 98.33

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another outstanding record of a famous ship., July 26 2014
Of course, Dr Robert Ballard will forever remain the man who found the Titanic, but in this book he also provides the reader with an extremely well documented account of the loss of the Lusitania.

Mysteries are mysteries and whilst there are those experts which insist such and such happened, there will also be those who assert the opposite. I shouldn't say this I know, but it the way in which Bob Ballard takes such a thorough approach to his subject, it leaves one feeling that the only book you need to read on the entire subject of the loss of the Lusitania is this one.

Exploring the Lusitania - yet another four-funnelled passenger liner built before WW1, is a large coffee-table book approx. A4 size. Just a glance at the pictures throughout the richly illustrated pages (227 altogether) reveals the extent of the research to which the author has gone on behalf of the reader. There are many historic pictures of the ship itself - including when she was no more than a keel. Others include paintings of the day, newspaper cuttings and postcards showing internal and external views. Then there are the photographs of the tragedy itself and the effect it had upon the people of Ireland. Photographs of seemingly unimportant people at the booking office and individuals such as the Captain. Dr Ballard has been equally thorough when it comes to detailing the U Boat which sank the Lusitania and we are treated to almost the same level of coverage of vessel and individuals and their trade of war.

Once again, however, the author has put together the most outstanding collection of artwork created by Ken Marschall. From thousands of photographic images taken from the wreckage itself, Bob Ballard created a complete montage (i.e. a big photograph made up of thousands of little photographs) of the various sections of the wreck so that Mr Marschall was able to provide us with the most accurate paintings of various sections and even the entire wreck. The one painting I had to look at again and again was the painting of the sinking across pages 96/97. For a moment there I thought the world's greatest photographer had been on hand to capture the event.

I congratulate Dr Ballard on another excellent and professional job of work. Another outstanding book and yet again 5 stars are not enough.

NM

Explorations (Phoenix Giants)
Explorations (Phoenix Giants)
by Malcolm McConnell Robert D. Ballard
Edition: Paperback
6 used & new from CDN$ 0.72

4.0 étoiles sur 5 A lifetime of great achievement., July 26 2014
Robert Ballard will be forever remembered as the man who found the Titanic. For most people, having discovered the world's most famous shipwreck would be enough. But consider this; He did not just stumble across that wreck like a scuba diver might happen upon across a previously unknown sunken vessel simply by chance. Furthermore, although the Titanic made him famous, he went on to find many more shipwrecks the most celebrated of which was the Bismarck. In addition he visited the site of the Battle of Midway where he located the remains of the 19,900 ton aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and other important ships. Then he produced a work which, for me at least, is probably his finest. That book was "The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal" in which the position of a large number of warships are mapped on the seabed and individual accounts include the loss of the heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (the "A" stands for Australian) and USS Quincy - to name but two. All these finds - and others, are recorded in his various outstanding books.

In this autobiography, Ballard starts in 1967 with his attendance at a very important lecture. From that point onwards, we follow his career through the peaks and troughs of success and tribulation as we join him on his life spent in search of whatever he might be seeking underwater - not all of which are shipwrecks. From the study of lava formations to the Jason Project, this is an account of one of the most interesting and illuminating lives of modern times.

The book does suffer from a few annoying little errors - such as the photograph of USS Barton on the seabed being upside down and a reference to "HMS" Canberra but these do not spoil one's enjoyment of the work which provides a full and accurate appreciation of this man's life and achievements.

Because it is an account of his life, I would have liked to have found a desire to see the Titanic preserved. My understanding is that no vessel can be considered for international protection until she has been lost for 100 years. The Titanic was, of course, lost in 1912 and huge sections of the ship have already been brought to the surface. I earnestly believe that if Dr Ballard had launched a campaign to protect that ship, she might well have been considered for early designation - after all, over 1,500 people did lose their lives when she sank.

That, however, is a personal comment and this is an altogether excellent, often riveting, read and one which will be thoroughly enjoyed.

NM

EXPLORATIONS : MY QUEST FOR ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERY UNDER THE SEA.
EXPLORATIONS : MY QUEST FOR ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERY UNDER THE SEA.
by Robert D. with Malcolm McConnell. Ballard
Edition: Hardcover
27 used & new from CDN$ 0.12

4.0 étoiles sur 5 A lifetime of great achievement., July 26 2014
Robert Ballard will be forever remembered as the man who found the Titanic. For most people, having discovered the world's most famous shipwreck would be enough. But consider this; He did not just stumble across that wreck like a scuba diver might happen upon across a previously unknown sunken vessel simply by chance. Furthermore, although the Titanic made him famous, he went on to find many more shipwrecks the most celebrated of which was the Bismarck. In addition he visited the site of the Battle of Midway where he located the remains of the 19,900 ton aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and other important ships. Then he produced a work which, for me at least, is probably his finest. That book was "The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal" in which the position of a large number of warships are mapped on the seabed and individual accounts include the loss of the heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (the "A" stands for Australian) and USS Quincy - to name but two. All these finds - and others, are recorded in his various outstanding books.

In this autobiography, Ballard starts in 1967 with his attendance at a very important lecture. From that point onwards, we follow his career through the peaks and troughs of success and tribulation as we join him on his life spent in search of whatever he might be seeking underwater - not all of which are shipwrecks. From the study of lava formations to the Jason Project, this is an account of one of the most interesting and illuminating lives of modern times.

The book does suffer from a few annoying little errors - such as the photograph of USS Barton on the seabed being upside down and a reference to "HMS" Canberra but these do not spoil one's enjoyment of the work which provides a full and accurate appreciation of this man's life and achievements.

Because it is an account of his life, I would have liked to have found a desire to see the Titanic preserved. My understanding is that no vessel can be considered for international protection until she has been lost for 100 years. The Titanic was, of course, lost in 1912 and huge sections of the ship have already been brought to the surface. I earnestly believe that if Dr Ballard had launched a campaign to protect that ship, she might well have been considered for early designation - after all, over 1,500 people did lose their lives when she sank.

That, however, is a personal comment and this is an altogether excellent, often riveting, read and one which will be thoroughly enjoyed.

NM

Explorations: My Quest for: Adventure and Discovery
Explorations: My Quest for: Adventure and Discovery
by Robert Ballard
Edition: Paperback
6 used & new from CDN$ 8.75

4.0 étoiles sur 5 A lifetime of great achievement., July 26 2014
Robert Ballard will be forever remembered as the man who found the Titanic. For most people, having discovered the world's most famous shipwreck would be enough. But consider this; He did not just stumble across that wreck like a scuba diver might happen upon across a previously unknown sunken vessel simply by chance. Furthermore, although the Titanic made him famous, he went on to find many more shipwrecks the most celebrated of which was the Bismarck. In addition he visited the site of the Battle of Midway where he located the remains of the 19,900 ton aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and other important ships. Then he produced a work which, for me at least, is probably his finest. That book was "The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal" in which the position of a large number of warships are mapped on the seabed and individual accounts include the loss of the heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (the "A" stands for Australian) and USS Quincy - to name but two. All these finds - and others, are recorded in his various outstanding books.

In this autobiography, Ballard starts in 1967 with his attendance at a very important lecture. From that point onwards, we follow his career through the peaks and troughs of success and tribulation as we join him on his life spent in search of whatever he might be seeking underwater - not all of which are shipwrecks. From the study of lava formations to the Jason Project, this is an account of one of the most interesting and illuminating lives of modern times.

The book does suffer from a few annoying little errors - such as the photograph of USS Barton on the seabed being upside down and a reference to "HMS" Canberra but these do not spoil one's enjoyment of the work which provides a full and accurate appreciation of this man's life and achievements.

Because it is an account of his life, I would have liked to have found a desire to see the Titanic preserved. My understanding is that no vessel can be considered for international protection until she has been lost for 100 years. The Titanic was, of course, lost in 1912 and huge sections of the ship have already been brought to the surface. I earnestly believe that if Dr Ballard had launched a campaign to protect that ship, she might well have been considered for early designation - after all, over 1,500 people did lose their lives when she sank.

That, however, is a personal comment and this is an altogether excellent, often riveting, read and one which will be thoroughly enjoyed.

NM

EXPLORATIONS
EXPLORATIONS
by ROBERT D. BALLARD
Edition: Hardcover
13 used & new from CDN$ 12.43

4.0 étoiles sur 5 A lifetime of great achievement., July 26 2014
Ce commentaire est de: EXPLORATIONS (Hardcover)
Robert Ballard will be forever remembered as the man who found the Titanic. For most people, having discovered the world's most famous shipwreck would be enough. But consider this; He did not just stumble across that wreck like a scuba diver might happen upon across a previously unknown sunken vessel simply by chance. Furthermore, although the Titanic made him famous, he went on to find many more shipwrecks the most celebrated of which was the Bismarck. In addition he visited the site of the Battle of Midway where he located the remains of the 19,900 ton aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and other important ships. Then he produced a work which, for me at least, is probably his finest. That book was "The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal" in which the position of a large number of warships are mapped on the seabed and individual accounts include the loss of the heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (the "A" stands for Australian) and USS Quincy - to name but two. All these finds - and others, are recorded in his various outstanding books.

In this autobiography, Ballard starts in 1967 with his attendance at a very important lecture. From that point onwards, we follow his career through the peaks and troughs of success and tribulation as we join him on his life spent in search of whatever he might be seeking underwater - not all of which are shipwrecks. From the study of lava formations to the Jason Project, this is an account of one of the most interesting and illuminating lives of modern times.

The book does suffer from a few annoying little errors - such as the photograph of USS Barton on the seabed being upside down and a reference to "HMS" Canberra but these do not spoil one's enjoyment of the work which provides a full and accurate appreciation of this man's life and achievements.

Because it is an account of his life, I would have liked to have found a desire to see the Titanic preserved. My understanding is that no vessel can be considered for international protection until she has been lost for 100 years. The Titanic was, of course, lost in 1912 and huge sections of the ship have already been brought to the surface. I earnestly believe that if Dr Ballard had launched a campaign to protect that ship, she might well have been considered for early designation - after all, over 1,500 people did lose their lives when she sank.

That, however, is a personal comment and this is an altogether excellent, often riveting, read and one which will be thoroughly enjoyed.

NM

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