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Raising the Hunley: The Remarkable History and Recovery of the Lost Confederate Submarine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Enjoyed it.

    I read this in about 3 or 4 days while on vacation. Enjoyed every bit of it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2011

    Great Book

    This is an excellent history. The care and respect the group gave to this recovery was truly wonderful to read. This also showed the great minds that were at work in our country long before our time. May the crew rest in peace.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    Think you know everything about the Hunley?

    Well researched. The authors tell the whole story, from the beginning of the CSA submarine program up to the present day. Background stories that explain why things happened the way they did are included where possible. If you're interesed in submarines or history or both, you need to read this book. A great example of the way that history should be done.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2010

    Proof that real life adventures are always the best

    In Raising the Hunley, authors Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf take readers on a 145-year journey back in time to the last years of the American Civil War. The South, desperate for anything to break the North's stranglehold naval blockade on its vital ports, embraced a variety of inventive (rational minds might say bizarre or even suicidal) methods to try and get the vital supplies in.

    One solution was the Hunley, the first purpose-built submarine that actually succeeded in sinking an enemy ship. That the Hunley itself then sank was another in a string of unfortunate accidents that followed along as the sub's inventors and crews learned about this new technology as they went along.

    Hicks and Kropf do a very good job of describing the personalities involved in building the Hunley (mostly private businessmen, spearheaded by the ambitious Horace Hunley) and the very steep learning curve that comes with testing completely new technology - make one small mistake, overlook one tiny step or procedure, and you die. The Hunley killed two crews before it succeeded in sinking a Union ship, and then that crew, for reasons that are still unknown today, perished on the way back to their base.

    The last part of the book deals with the discovery of the intact Hunley in 1995, the resultant bureaucratic and egotistical infighting over who would control this "Holy Grail" of maritime history, and the ultimate recovery and conservation of the Hunley, removal of the crew and their proper burial with the other two crews in Charleston, SC. A good read for anyone interested in history or the evolution of military technology.

    A few minor concerns - the authors tend to oversell the Hunley, calling it "stealth" technology (not really, it made its attacks on the surface); and what U-boats and all submarines since have been based on (only to the point that they submerge and surface). Still, the Hunley was a marvel for its day and far more sophisticated than historians had suspected based on the scanty written records (the Confederacy considered it a state secret).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Raising the Hunley

    I bought this a present for my brother-in-law, who is interested in history. He enjoyed it so much he stayed up late to finish reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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