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.
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