The Terrible Hours: The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History

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Thorndike Press, Feb 1, 2001 - History - 375 pages
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On the eve of World War II, America's newest submarine plunged helplessly to the North Atlantic bottom during a test dive. Miraculously, thirty-three crew members still survived. In this thrilling narrative of terror, heroism and courage, prize-winning author Peter Maas brings us a vivid account of the disaster and its outcome. The sub was the Squalus. The man was a U.S. Navy officer, Charles "Swede" Momsen, an extraordinary combination of visionary, scientist and man of action.

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Review: The Terrible Hours: The Greatest Submarine Rescue in History

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Full disclosure: I used to work in submarine rescue for the US Navy so this story is near and dear to my heart. That said, it's a well written historical nonfiction book that reads like fiction. It's ... Read full review

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An inspirational story of the wonders of human ingenuity and perseverance that lead to an impossible rescue, The Terrible Hours packed a double punch. On the surface this is the recounting of the ... Read full review


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Peter Maas attended Duke University and served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. After the war, Maas became a journalist and wrote for such magazines as Look, Saturday Evening Post, and New York Magazine. Maas's nonfiction works include "The Valachi Papers," "Serpico," and "Underboss," all of which include behind the scene stories of the inner workings of the Mafia. He died on August 23, 2001.

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