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Opening the Great Depths: The Bathyscaph Trieste and Pioneers of Undersea Exploration by [Norman Polmar, Lee J. Mathers]

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"The authors provide an important history for readers interested in undersea research." --Navy Reads

"This book, at last, tells the story of the Trieste craft and the people who built and operated them." --Seapower

"Opening the Great Ocean Depths is an engaging tale with a colorful cast of characters that shows that those who dare, can achieve great things. Readers with an interest in the history of oceanographic exploration will find this an information work as will those interested in the evolution of U.S. Navy's research into deep water operations. The book provides illuminating details of Trieste's involvement in the search for both the USS Thresher and the USS Scorpion. An excellent addition to your maritime history library!" --Armchair General

"Polmar and Mathers present an informative, entertaining, and fascinating story in Opening the Great Depths. This book will captivate readers." --Ricochet

"Thirty years after the Cold War, much of the Navy's submarine service's huge contribution to victory is still quite secret. Even less known are the contributions of the scientists and explorers whose daring expeditions in the deepest seas made those Navy successes possible. Now the ideal co-authors are able tell those amazing true tales. Combining science and adventure, Polmar and Mathers have produced a real page-turner." --John Lehman, former Secretary of the Navy, author of Oceans Ventured and Winning the Cold War at Sea

"This is an exceptional and essential book, offering an authoritative assessment of the craft and the people who pioneered exploration of and working in the last great frontier on this planet, the deep ocean. I highly recommend it." --James P. Delgado, aquanaut, archaeologist and author of War at Sea: A Shipwrecked History

"Opening the Great Depths is a fascinating account of the Trieste program, which enabled deep sea exploration for the first time, achieving unprecedented scientific and military feats. Polmar and Mathers do an amazing job weaving the technical details into a gripping account of the failures and successes achieved. Explorers and scientists, plus ocean and military enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy the journey as those aboard the Trieste descended into one of Earth's most inhospitable environments--the ocean depths." --Rick Campbell, #1 Bestselling author of​ The Trident Deception series

"The authors tell a good story about these remarkable vehicles, the adventures experienced and the many personal risks taken by the people involved. They also discuss the technology and construction in laymen's terms. A great read for those interested in deep ocean and submarine technology." --Capt. Charles M. Staehle, USNR (Ret.), first pilot of DSV's-1 and TRIESTE Pilot No. 12
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Norman Polmar is an analyst, consultant, and author, specializing in naval, aviation, and technology subjects. He has been a consultant or advisor on naval issues to three Senators, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and three Secretaries of the Navy as well as to the director of the Los Alamos national laboratory, and to the leadership of the U.S., Australian, Chinese, and Israeli Navies. He has written or coauthored more than 50 published books.

Lee J. Mathers is a former Surface Warfare Officer with an intelligence subspecialty. He attended the University of Utah, Central Michigan University, and the Defense Intelligence School, the last followed by intelligence duty in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He has written for the magazines Proceedings and Naval History, and was a key researcher for the Naval Institute book Project Azorian by Mr. Polmar and Michael White. He now resides in Canada--working with Mr. Polmar on another book.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08QN53GFS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Naval Institute Press (May 15, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 15, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5979 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 377 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1682475913
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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