Silent Killers: Submarines and Underwater Warfare

Hardcover | August 16, 2012

byJames Delgado

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James P Delgado, President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and author of Nuclear Dawn (Osprey), presents a detailed, stunningly visual, examination of the history and development of the submarine and its role in naval warfare, from the first practical experiments with submersible craft to the development of the modern nuclear submarine.

Calling on his training as a nautical archaeologist who was among the first explorers to dive the Titanic, Delgado recreates the story of the sub from the bottom up--that is, through eerie photographs of subs at the bottom of the sea. In addition, he explores submarine technology, from wooden to iron to steel hulls, from hand-cranked to nuclear powered propulsion, from candle light to electricity, from gunpowder "torpedoes" to nuclear missiles Since the time of Jules Verne, submarines have been a topic of great interest to maritime and military fans and Delgado's new book explores all of the submarine's triumphs and tragedies, successes and failures in this fascinating and compelling illustrated history.

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James P Delgado, President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and author of Nuclear Dawn (Osprey), presents a detailed, stunningly visual, examination of the history and development of the submarine and its role in naval warfare, from the first practical experiments with submersible craft to the development of the modern...

Dr. Delgado is currently the Director of the Maritime Heritage Program at NOAA, formerly the President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, and was the Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver, British Columbia for 15 years. Previously, he was the head of the U.S. government's maritime preservation...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.82 × 7.8 × 1.04 inPublished:August 16, 2012Publisher:Osprey PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1849083657

ISBN - 13:9781849083652

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Into the Deep /1 Beginnings /2 Sub Marine Explorers and Would-be Warriors 1833-59 /3 Uncivil Warriors /4 Missing Links /5 Later 19th Century Submarines /6 Transition to a New Century /7 Early 20th Century Subs /8 World War I /9 Subs Between the Wars /10 World War II: The Success of the Submarine /11 Postwar Innovation and the Rise of Atomic Power /12 Memorializing the Submarine /Notes /Bibliography /index

Editorial Reviews

"Silent Killers will serve as an entertaining reference work for those who seek the fuller history of this undersea endeavor." -Ryder Miller, San Francisco Book Review"From wooden to iron and steel hulls, to hand-cranked propulsion, this [book] traces the evolution of the submarine and its continuing importance in military strategy, making for a top pick for any military history holding." -The Midwest Book Review (September 2011)"...Silent Killers is a unique look back into an underwater realm few have ever seen. It is truly a remarkable work on all fronts." -Ron Fortier, New York Journal of Books (June 2011)