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04-28-2008, 09:04
I had back surgery a few weeks ago, and have been laid up for a while. I have had the pleasure of reading some great books though, and I thought that I would share and see if anyone else had read anything great lately, scuba centered or otherwise ocean related.
Shadow Divers - Amazon.com: Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II: Robert Kurson: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Divers-Adventure-Americans-Everything/dp/0345482476/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1209391572&sr=8-1)

An Embarrassment of Mangoes - Amazon.com: An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude: Ann Vanderhoof: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Embarrassment-Mangoes-Caribbean-Interlude/dp/0767914279/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1209391926&sr=1-1)

The Sex Lives of Cannibals - Amazon.com: The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific: J. Maarten Troost: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Lives-Cannibals-Equatorial-Pacific/dp/0767915305/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1209392005&sr=1-1)

04-28-2008, 10:00
Thanks for the reference and good luck on your recovery! When do they say you can dive again?

04-28-2008, 13:01
I've read all three and they are all good!

Troost wrote a second one too-Getting Stoned with Savages-also good :smiley20:

04-28-2008, 13:23
This one is a little different than some of the popular dive books, in that it's not about going deep, staying longer, or discovering artifacts. It's more about the fun regular divers have exploring underwater.

Scuba Diver Info - Book Review: Hiding on the Bottom (http://www.scubadiverinfo.com/3_book_review_hiding_bottom.html)

04-28-2008, 18:17
Not sure about diving, I'm feeling a little better every day though. Hopefully I'll be back in the water in a month or so.

04-29-2008, 23:57
Here's the books from my library:

The Dive Sites of the Bahamas: comprehensive coverage of diving and snorkeling by Lawson Wood. ISBN # 0-8442-0140-5

Jacques Cousteau The Silent World. ISBN # 0-941130-45-2

Water and Light: A Diver's Journey to a Coral Reef. Stephen Harrigan. ISBN # 0-87156-453-X

Reefs, Wrecks, & Rigs: Diver's Guide to the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Tom Bailey. ISBN # 1-878561-18-9

Reef Fish Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas. Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach. ISBN # 1-878348-30-2

Top Dive Sites of the Caribbean. Lawson Wood. ISBN # 1-85368-790-1

Chatterton and Kohler Autographed Copy of Shadow Divers.

Dive: The ultimate guide to 60 of the world's top dive locations. Monty Halls. ISBN # 1-555297-996-2

Diving the Pacific: Volume 1: Micronesia and the Western Pacific Islands. ISBN # 962-593-499-5

Diving Guide to Underwater Florida. Ned DeLoach. ISBN # 1-878348-39-6

Underwater Wonders of the National Parks. Daniel Lenihan, John Brooks. ISBN # 0-679-03386-6

Diver Down: Real World Scuba Accidents and How to avoid them. ISBN # 0-07-144572-2

The Ultimate Illustrated Guide to SCUBA Diving. Karen Berger. ISBN # 0-393-31944-X

Down Time: Great Writers on Diving. Kittrell. ISBN # 0-9658344-4-1

The Sea Hunters: True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks. Clive Cussler. ISBN # 0-671-00180-9

The Sea Hunters II. Clive Cussler.

The Universe Below: Discovering the secrets of the deep sea. William Broad. ISBN # 0-684-83852-4

Dark Descent: Diving and the Deadly Allure of the Empress of Ireland. Kevin McMurray. ISBN # 0-07-145630-9

Deep Descent: Adventure and Death Diving the Andrea Doria. Kevin McMurray.

The Helldivers' Rodeo: A deadly, extreme, Scuba-Diving, spear fishing adventure amid the offshore oil-platforms in the murky waters of the gulf of Mexico. ISBN # 1-59077-005-6

Hiding on the Bottom: Mid Life Misadventures Down East. James Rosemond. ISBN # 978-1-4303-0071-7

The Last Dive: A father and son's fatal descent into the ocean's depths. ISBN # 0-06-093259-7

The Discovery of the Titanic. Dr. Robert Ballard. ISBN # 1-85797-660-6

Deep Blue: stories of shipwreck, sunken treasure, and survival. ISBN # 1-56025-313-4

Submerged: adventures of America's most elite underwater archeology team. ISBN # 1-55704-505-4

And Yes I even bought Shadow Divers Exposed: The "Real" saga of the U-869 by Gary Gentile, because of the controversy I decided to read it myself and make my own opinion.

04-30-2008, 07:37
Looks like we read the same books. Good job including the ISBN numbers:smiley32:

fire diver
04-30-2008, 07:52
That's quite the library!

06-10-2008, 22:52
what is the real story of shadow divers?

06-28-2008, 14:35
what is the real story of shadow divers?

the book pretty much is the real story? They're currently making it into a movie.

Gary Gentile came out with a book disputing shadow divers becuase, well, basically he was mad that it took the limelight off of him more than anything and tried to get it back. Massive failure too.

Shadow Divers is about how John Chatterton led a group that discovered it in the early 90's... he teamed up with Richie Kholer and they spent the next like 8 years trying to identify it.

John and Richie you might know as the hosts of the Discovery channel series "Deep Sea Detectives"... and it seems like they pop up in pretty much any scuba diving related thing Discovery does.

Btw, I met John last year and he's absolutely awesome. Have never met a cooler more down to earth genuinely nice guy in my entire life. Me and my group were gonna get copies of shadow divers so he could sign them, he gave us his address and told us to just send him copies when we got home so he could get richie to sign them too! Now my shadow divers book is signed by both him and richie. :D