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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User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

I can't believe I read this book in three hours. It wasn't that good, but that bad! I felt an obligation to read it as part of my book club and was on a waiting list, so it needed to be returned ASAP ... Read full review

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User Review  - Colleen Lahey - Goodreads

Excellent historical novel about the rescue of the Squalus, a submarine that went down during sea trials just off from Portsmouth, NH. A real hero, 'Swede" Momsen, was responsible for saving its' men ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

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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