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Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II

November 11, 2009

Author: Robert Kurson

Title: Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publication Date: 2004

Number of Pages: 375

Geographical Setting: United States, New Jersey

Time Period: 1980’s-Late 1990’s

Plot Summary: Two American divers discover an unidentified submarine off the coast of New Jersey. The search for identification turned into a 7 year process, and a process in which 3 divers perished. The identification turned out to be a German U-Boat, with 56 men still aboard, that no one, not even government officials knew was there.

Subject Headings: Nagle, Bill, 1952-1993, Chatterton, John, U-869 (Submarine), Excavations (Archaeology)New Jersey, World War IINaval operationsSubmarine, World War IINaval operations, German, ShipwrecksAtlantic Coast (New Jersey), Underwater archaeologyNew Jersey, Deep divingNew Jersey, Divers, The Nineties (20th century), Submarines, German

Appeal: breakneck, engrossing, dramatic, vivid, authentic, strong language, authoritative, natural, suspenseful, emotionally charged, investigative, historical details, details of deep sea diving

3 Terms that Best Describe This Book: historical details, dramatic, engrossing

3 Similar Non-Fiction Titles:

The Last Dive: A Father and Son’s Fatal Descent into the Ocean’s Depths by Bernie Chowdhury (story of 2 divers who perished while searching for identification on the German U-Boat)

Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria by Kevin F. McMurray (another acocunt of a deep sea diving adventure)

Complete Wreck Diving: A Guide to Diving Wrecks by Henry Keatts (complete manual to learn how to deep sea dive)

3 Similar Fiction Titles:

An Honorable German by Charles McCain (novel about being German during World War II)

Quicksilver Deep by Buddy Cox (Young adult novel about deep sea diving and the treasures that can be found)

Night of Flames: A Novel of World War II by Douglas W. Jacobson (A novel about World War II, in and of itself)

Name: Kathryn

Shadow Divers

January 15, 2009

Author: Kurson, Robert
Title: Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
Genre: Nonfiction
Publication Date: 2004
Number of Pages: 400 p.
Geographical Setting: New Jersey and New York coasts
Time Period: 1991-97
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Plot Summary: When two experienced deep-sea wreck divers discover a torpedoed but undocumented German submarine lying deep off the New Jersey coast in 1991, they embark on a 7 year investigation to discover its identity. This perilous search delves into the mechanics of the dangerously deep dive, the frustrating searches in U.S., British, and German archives to identify the submarine, and harrowing tales from WWII submarine survivors–German as well as American. The mission is not without its share of tragedies: three divers lost their lives on the wreck and John Chatterton’s marriage failed as a result of his obsession. Fascinating characters, both contemporary and historical, fill this intriguing, detail-rich true adventure tale.

Subject Headings: U-869 (submarine); World War, 1939-1945–Naval Operations–Submarine; World War, 1939-1945–Naval Operations, German; Shipwrecks–New Jersey; Underwater Archaeology–New Jersey; Deep Diving–New Jersey; Adventure Stories

Appeal: compelling; detailed characterizations; cinematic, flashbacks, investigative, multiple plot lines, plot-centered, thought-provoking, tragic; accurate, detailed setting, historical details, details of wreck excavations, details of deep sea diving, details of submarines and submarine life, details of military history; suspenseful, bittersweet, dramatic; journalistic, popular treatment; authoritative, informative, entertaining.

Similar Fiction Authors and Works:
Lothar Guenther Buchheim, The Boat, action tale set aboard a World War II German U-Boat. Offers details of life aboard the submarine and reinforces the sense of claustrophobia and danger. Also made into a motion picture (Das Boot).
Clive Cussler, Raise the Titanic and his other deep sea exploration and adventure novels provide similar details in fictional settings.
Arturo Perez-Reverte, The Nautical Chart. For readers who appreciate well-developed characters in a tale of obsession relating the worlds of ships and old charts.

Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors
Bernie Chowdhury, The Last Dive: A Father and Son’s Fatal Descent into the Ocean’s Depths, tells of two divers who lost their lives exploring this wreck.
Joe Haberstroh, Fatal Depth: Deep Sea Diving, China Fever, and the Wreck of the Andrea Doria, chronicles the dangers of extreme diving and compares the desire to dive the Andrea Doria to the passion with which climbers try to conquer Everest.
Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air, presents similar dangers in exploring extreme “sports.”

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