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Going Deep: John Philip Holland and the Invention of the Attack Submarine

Lawrence Goldstone



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04 December 2018
Biography: historical, political & military; History; Military history; Naval forces & warfare; Inventions & inventors; Marine engineering
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.
By:   Lawrence Goldstone
Imprint:   Pegasus
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 224mm,  Width: 145mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   382g
ISBN:   9781681777818
ISBN 10:   1681777819
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   04 December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lawrence Goldstone is the author or co-author of more that a dozen books, and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, New Republic, Chicago Tribune, and Miami Herald. He and his wife, author Nancy Goldstone, live in Sagaponack, New York.

Reviews for Going Deep: John Philip Holland and the Invention of the Attack Submarine

A well-crafted combination of technology history, tortuous military politics, and the biography of a shamefully neglected American inventor. In this delightful biography, John Holland, the little-remembered inventor of the military submarine, receives a well-deserved publicity boost from historian Goldstone. Goldstone revives the reputation of a great American inventor. Goldstone paints a vivid portrait of two brilliant inventors. An enjoyable book for readers interested in innovations during the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, along with military or American history. An intriguing story not just of the technical advances in the submarine, but also of the machinations of Holland, his major competitor, Simon Lake, and the industrialists who backed them. Lawrence Goldstone has written a fascinating history of the development of the attack submarine, which is, up to today and far into the future, perhaps the most lethal naval weapon ever devised.--Ray Mabus, 75th Secretary of the Navy With humor and grace, Lawrence Goldstone describes how entrepreneurs with new ideas (the submarine, in this case) struggled for recognition and acceptance among purblind government bureaucrats, ambitious politicians, and the conservative institution of the Navy. This is a well-crafted, highly readable account of the complexities, compromises, and nuanced relationships between the individuals, ideas, and institutions necessary for innovators to succeed.--Justin L. C. Eldridge, Naval Historian A readable, compelling, and intriguing story of the development of the U.S. submarine industry at the turn of the 20th century.--Joel I. Holwitt, Execute Against Japan: The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare A detailed and thoroughly absorbing history of early submarine development. Goldstone reveals the rivalry between two visionaries, John Holland and Simon Lake, and the surrounding intrigue in the competition to build submarines for the US Navy. A fascinating read.--Paul Varnadore, former US Submarine Commanding Officer

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