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

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Thorndike Press, 2000 - History - 374 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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Excellent book describing both Swede Momsen's career and the rescue of the surviving crew from the USS Squalus. If there were a flaw for me for the book it was that as much as Peter Maas reworked the ... Read full review

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This book is a decidedly "meh" example of the survival genre. Though there were some interesting sections about the effects of deep-sea diving on people and detailed (sometimes too lengthy ... Read full review


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Peter Maas was born in New York on June 27, 1929. He graduated from Duke University in 1949 and served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. After the war, he became a journalist and wrote for such magazines as Collier's, Look, Saturday Evening Post, and New York Magazine. His nonfiction works include Marie, Manhunt, and Underboss. The Valachi Papers and Serpico were adapted into films. He died on August 23, 2001 at the age of 72.

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