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Shadow divers : the true adventure of two Americans who discovered Hitler's lost sub

by Robert Kurson

  Print book : Biography  |  1st ed

A New York Times Bestseller for a Reason   (2010-04-28)


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by StephanieBugyis

Shadow Divers, by Robert Kurson, is a work of nonfiction written about the journeys of deep-shipwreck divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler.  While writing this book, author Robert Kurson conducted hundreds of hours worth of interviews to tell John and Richie’s story just as they would.  He met with other divers and historians to make Shadow Divers as accurate as possible.
    Robert Kurson tells of the challenges John and Richie face as both divers and detectives, unraveling the mystery of a World War II German U-boat that sunk off the coast of New Jersey.  The divers spend years researching the U-boat and its crew in an attempt to answer the questions posed by historians- What type of U-boat is it? How did it end up off the coast of New Jersey? What happened to the crew? What caused the U-boat to sink?
    The story is full of suspense as Robert Kurson tells accounts of deep-shipwreck divers’ experiences.  These divers are not your average recreational divers.  For them, “…it is not a matter of if they will taste death, only of whether they’ll swallow.”  Then why do they do it?
    Divers like John and Richie are explorers at heart.  They are not content reading about history; they want to experience it for themselves, 230 feet below sea level. They want to be the first to see and feel a wreck.  When John and Richie see a wreck, they don’t see rusted metal, collapsed decks, rotten wood, and decaying corpses, they see a ship frozen in time. They see a ship as it sailed a hundred years ago. They see engineers, ship drivers, watch standers, and cooks feverishly at work.
    Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson is a story for those with adventure in their heart, exploration on the mind, and an undying thirst for knowledge.

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