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Children's LiteratureThe advent of the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution heralded a rise in critical thinking and allowed man, for the first time, the opportunity to experiment and create things never before dreamt possible. Bushnell was an intellectual and a Patriot who sought to aid the cause of the American Revolution by inventing a submersible that could target British ships blockading American harbors. Building on the research of British scientists, Bushnell was able to construct a one-man submarine that could attach a keg of gunpowder to the keel of British ships with the intention of destroying the ship. Numerous tests were successfully conducted and historical documents indicate that high ranking officials in the Continental Congress and high-ranking Army officers were eager to see Bushnell's submarine put into action. Unfortunately, events conspired against Bushnell and his submarine never successfully destroyed a British ship, though it came close at least twice. Lefkowitz gives a very interesting account of this little known first foray into the use of submarines in warfare. The author quotes historical documents that support his thesis and also provides reproductions of maps used at the time, as well as summaries of naval vessels and other weapons used during the war. Several drawings of the submarine and other naval vessels are fascinating inclusions in this account of the first successful development of a submarine. 2006, Scholastic Inc, Ages 10 to 15.