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Shadow divers : the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to sol
Robert Kurson
Adult Nonfiction VA515.U158 K87 2004

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This superlative journalistic narrative tells of John Chatterton and Rich Kohler, two deep-sea wreck divers who in 1991 dove to a mysterious wreck lying at the perilous depth of 230 feet, off the coast of New Jersey. Both had a philosophy of excelling and pushing themselves to the limit; both needed all their philosophy and fitness to proceed once they had identified the wreck as a WWII U-boat. As Kurson, a writer for Esquire, narrates in this debut, the two divers next undertook a seven-year search for the U-boat's identity inside the wreck, in a multitude of archives and in a host of human memories. Along the way, Chatterton's diving cost him a marriage, and Kohler's love for his German heritage helped turn him into a serious U-boat scholar. The two lost three of their diving companions on the wreck and their mentor, Bill Nagle, to alcoholism. (Chowdhury's The Last Dive, from HarperPerennial in 2002, covers two of the divers' deaths.) The successful completion of their quest fills in a gap in WWII history-the fate of the Type IX U-boat U-869. Chatterton and Kohler's success satisfied them and a diminishing handful of U-boat survivors. While Kurson doesn't stint on technical detail, lovers of any sort of adventure tale will certainly absorb the author's excellent characterizations, and particularly his balance in describing the combat arm of the Third Reich. Felicitous cooperation between author and subject rings through every page of this rare insightful action narrative. If the publishers are dreaming of another Perfect Storm, they may get their wish. Agent, Heather Schroder. 7-city author tour; first serial to Esquire; rights sold in Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the U.K. (On sale June 29) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In 1991, two scuba divers discovered a previously unknown wreck off the New Jersey coast, 230 feet under water. After much difficulty, they identified it as a World War II U-boat. In this absorbing narrative, journalist Kurson follows the divers and their companions through 11 years of nerve-racking diving, research, and self-discovery. Neither German nor American official records could suggest a possible identity; evidence at the scene suggested that a violent explosion had sunk the boat with all hands, but no report was filed for a submarine within 100 miles. Interspersed with these technical complications are biographies and psychological portraits of the major participants. Richie Kohler and John Chatterton, the two divers, became obsessed with identifying the U-boat, taking risks beyond common sense. Eventually, the wreck claimed three divers' lives and two marriages. Highly recommended for World War II, naval, and sport diving collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/04.]-Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army Combined Arms Research Lib., Fort Leavenworth, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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