The controversial history of the attack submarine—and the story of its colorful creator, John Philip Holland—that reveals how this imaginative invention changed the face of modern warfare.
From Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to The Hunt for Red October, readers the world over have demonstrated an enduring fascination with travel under the sea. Yet the riveting story behind the invention of the submarine—an epic saga of genius, persistence, ruthlessness, and deceit—is almost completely unknown.
Like Henry Ford and the Wright brothers, John Philip Holland was completely self-taught, a brilliant man raised in humble circumstances, earning his living as a schoolteacher and choirmaster. But all the while he was obsessed with creating a machine that could successfully cruise beneath the waves. His struggle to unlock the mystery behind controlled undersea navigation would take three decades, during which he endured skepticism, disappointment, and betrayal. But his indestructible belief in himself and his ideas led him to finally succeed where so many others had failed.
Going Deep is a vivid chronicle of the fierce battles not only under the water, but also in the back rooms of Wall Street and the committee rooms of Congress. A rousing adventure—surrounded by an atmosphere of corruption and greed—at its heart this a story of bravery, passion, and the unbreakable determination to succeed against long odds.
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About the Author
Lawrence Goldstone is the author or co-author of more that a dozen books, and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, New Republic, Chicago Tribune, and Miami Herald. He and his wife, author Nancy Goldstone, live in Sagaponack, New York.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Death from Below 1
Chapter 1 Blurred Beginnings 7
Chapter 2 Made in America 20
Chapter 3 An American in Paris 27
Chapter 4 Stars and Bars 37
Chapter 5 Entr'acte; A Fictional Interlude 47
Chapter 6 For an Independent Ireland 53
Chapter 7 The Fenian Ram 66
Chapter 8 Competition from the Clergy 75
Chapter 9 Treading Water 90
Chapter 10 Chasing the Carrot 100
Chapter 11 Challengers 110
Chapter 12 Uneasy Neighbors 124
Chapter 13 Argonaut 134
Chapter 14 The Plunge 145
Chapter 15 Shedding Ballast 157
Chapter 16 King's Gambit Accepted 170
Chapter 17 A New Skipper 188
Chapter 18 Joining the Navy 198
Chapter 19 Bottom Fishing 213
Chapter 20 Displacement 221
Chapter 21 Counterstrike 231
Chapter 22 Proxy War 246
Chapter 23 Skewed Competition 265
Chapter 24 A Warship in Search of a War 276
Chapter 25 Holland without Holland 290
Chapter 26 Excessive Ballast 297
Chapter 27 The New Class 307
Chapter 28 Suicide Squeeze 323
Chapter 29 Going Deep 336
Selected Bibliography 351
Illustration Credits 378