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Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    Excellent true story and very well written to keep you interested. You become intertwined with each person's life and feel for each one of them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    This is a fantastic book and especially so if you live in Boston

    This is a fantastic book and especially so if you live in Boston. It is meticulously researched, beautifully written and incredibly interesting. It tells the story of the men who really made Boston Harbor the clean waterway that it is today. Not the politicians who took credit for the success but the men who risked their lives to do the grunt work to make it happen. What a story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Very interesting book written in a way that keeps your attention

    Very interesting book written in a way that keeps your attention. Not so technical  that those not fully plugged into diving and underwater activities are soon lost in the details. The discussion of the main characters make you a part of their lives and you realize in a small way the suffering and loss they felt.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2014

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    Well written account of a tragedy, death and PTSD and corporate indifference.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    Great read! 

    Great read! 

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

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    Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey combines fast paced narrati

    Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey combines fast paced narrative and in-depth expository writing in one lengthy work. Based on a true account, as the subtitle indicates, this book is the true saga of "One Engineering Marvel, Five men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness". One word of caution, those readers looking for quick, easy summer reading for the beach should look elsewhere. Full of facts, as well as social, political and historical background information-this book makes for intense reading and is not a casual choice for one expecting to complete a novel in two days.

    This book is the produce of intense research and investigation, on the part of the author, Neil Swidey, who devoted painstaking effort to provide the reader with every last biographical detail of the five heroes as well as the fine technical details of high risk engineering project miles under the sea. The writing is newspaperesque at times, in which the author objectively explains the events. The science behind the mission is thoroughly detailed. There is even a technical detailed, labeled illustration of the project. Furthermore, the author goes into the detailed science behind hypoxia and oxygen deprivation that even a layman can understand. The minute detail of oxygen deprivation miles under the sea, combined with the exciting, frantic dialog of the men in danger makes for some interesting, fast paced reading. For example, on page 162, Swidey discusses the biology and psychology of oxygen deprivation: "When the body fails to get enough oxygen.... the first sign is usually frustration. Then comes a fogginess.... marked by impaired judgement and reduced motor skills. If nothing is done to restore the oxygen supply, the hypoxia will lead to unconsciousness and then inexorably death" page 162 The vivid description of oxygen deprivation is continued on page 200 in a fascinating description of the brain, and the higher need for oxygen in response to stress. "After enough oxygen deprivation...[the] brain cells simply die" (page 200), analogous to a candle that simply flickers out. This explanation is provided alongside an intense scene where the men's lives are endangered and right before a dramatic scene where one of the men calls out "Man Down!" (page 202)and contemplates a risky but futile rescue effort for one of his found buddies in respiratory arrest.

    This book spans its coverage years before the disaster and the years following as well. The author discusses general principles of risk and responsibility. This is not like a quick fictionalized adaption of a dramatic story. This 418 book includes a detailed notes and appendix as if it were a reference book. In fact this would make good reading material for a college student doing sociological or technical research into a monumental. ambitious project, Boston's treatment plant and 10 mile underwater tunnel. For anyone who has ever read a book and just wanted to "know More" of every detail, then this book is a perfect choice. For those looking for a simple quick choice- those readers will most likely not be able to trudge through the first chapters. As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by Crown publishers, a division of Penguin Random House Publishing company, for the purpose of writing this review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

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