Now award-winning journalists Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf offer new insights into the Hunley's final hours and recount the amazing true story of its recovery. Dramatically told, filled with historical details and contemporary color, Raising the Hunley is one of the most fascinating books about the Civil War to appear in years.
©2002 Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf; (P)2002 HighBridge Company
"Forget the Titanic; this sub wreck is hot." (Wall Street Journal)
"A rich tale of one of America's greatest sagas that is as suspenseful as adventure fiction." (Clive Cussler, author of Blue Gold)
"This riveting narrative features a winning combination of Civil War arcana, maritime history, and underwater archaeology." (Booklist)
This book not only effectively tells the history of the CSS Hunley, during the civil war, but details the search for the sunken submarine. The Hunley is the first submarine ever to go into combat and sink a ship. The book also chronicles the search for the Hunley after it sank right up to its restoration. You can see it in Charleston.
As a Hunley enthusiast and participant in the recent funeral for the third crew of the Hunley, I found the book to be an excellent record of search for the submarine and the events leading up to its discovery. Much of the content of the story details the personalities and challenges involved in the operation which adds a lot to the historic information readily available from other sources. Definately worthwhile.
The history of the Hunley is presented in a manner that both gives informatiion but also gets you involved with the people and their personal story. The only criticism I have for this is about a strangely placed piece of music. There isn't really any music throughout the entire book, then about 2/3 of the way in, just as the narrator is illustrating something really fascinating, there's music playing, and it's actually so loud, it's hard to hear the narrator. I paused my ipod, thinking I was hearing the radio somehow. Other than that, I have been glued to this book.
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