Going Deep by Lawrence Goldstone
John Philip Holland and the Invention of the Attack Submarine

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A well-crafted combination of technology history, tortuous military politics, and the biography of a shamefully neglected American inventor.
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The controversial history of the attack submarine—and the story of its colorful creator, John Philip Holland—that reveals how this imaginative invention changed the face of modern warfare.


From Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to The Hunt for Red October, readers the world over have demonstrated an enduring fascination with travel under the sea. Yet the riveting story behind the invention of the submarine—an epic saga of genius, persistence, ruthlessness, and deceit—is almost completely unknown.



Like Henry Ford and the Wright brothers, John Philip Holland was completely self-taught, a brilliant man raised in humble circumstances, earning his living as a schoolteacher and choirmaster. But all the while he was obsessed with creating a machine that could successfully cruise beneath the waves. His struggle to unlock the mystery behind controlled undersea navigation would take three decades, during which he endured skepticism, disappointment, and betrayal. But his indestructible belief in himself and his ideas led him to finally succeed where so many others had failed.



Going Deep is a vivid chronicle of the fierce battles not only under the water, but also in the back rooms of Wall Street and the committee rooms of Congress. A rousing adventure—surrounded by an atmosphere of corruption and greed—at its heart this a story of bravery, passion, and the unbreakable determination to succeed against long odds.
 

About Lawrence Goldstone

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Lawrence Goldstone is the author of Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits, and the Struggle for the Constitution, and The Activist: John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, and the Myth of Judicial Review. He lives in Westport, Connecticut.
 
Published June 6, 2017 by Pegasus Books. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, War, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 04 2017

A well-crafted combination of technology history, tortuous military politics, and the biography of a shamefully neglected American inventor.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 07 2017

The book is bogged down by digressions into Holland’s political struggles, but Goldstone revives the reputation of a great American inventor who has become the answer to a trivia question.

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