Title THE TERRIBLE HOURS: THE MAN BEHIND THE GREATEST SUBMARINE RESCUE IN HISTORY.
Publisher HarperCollins, New York, 1999, 7th printing.
Seller ID 24219
259 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0060194804 "On the eve of World War II, America's newest submarine plunged helplessly to the North Atlantic bottom during a test dive. Miraculously, thirty-three crew members survived. While their wives and girlfriends waited in nearly unbearable tension on shore, their ultimate fate would depend on one man. In this thrilling true narrative of terror, heroism and courage in the depths of a malevolent ocean, (the author) b r i n g s us in vivid detail a blow-by-blow account of the disaster and its uncertain outcome. The sub was the 'Squalus'. The man was a U.S. Navy officer, Charles 'Swede" Momsen, an extraordinary combination of visionary, scientist and man of a ct io n. Un ti l his advent, it was accepted that if a submarine went down, her crew was doomed. But Momsen, in the face of an indifferent, often sneering naval bureaucracy, battling red tape and disbelieving naysayers every step of the way, risk ed his ow n li fe ag ain and again against the unknown in his efforts to invent and pioneer every escape and rescue device, every deep-sea diving technique, to save an entombed crew. With the crippled, partially flooded 'Squalus' lost on the Nort h A tlan tic fl oor, Mo mse n faced his personal moment of truth: Could he actually pluck those men from a watery grave? Had all his work been in vain?" Remainder mark (dot) on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, min or r ubbin g. Nea r Fin e/Ne ar F ine