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Featured Books—October 2017 Issue


The Darkness Beckons: The History and
Development of World Cave Diving


By Martyn Farr
Paperback. 384 pp. Vertebrate Publishing. £25.00


Author Martyn Farr is a world-renowned cave diver and cave-diving photographer who began diving in 1971 and established a world record for underwater cave penetration in 1981. He has discovered miles of new subterranean wilderness passages, and, as an instructor, he has taken celebrities like Prince William cave diving. First published in 1980, this full-color book is fully revised and updated and features more than 400 photographs, with a foreword by American cave diver and explorer Bill Stone.

The Boat that Won the War: An Illustrated
History of the Higgins LCVP


By Charles C. Roberts Jr.
Hardcover. 136 pp. Naval Institute Press. $29.95


The Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP), or simply the “Higgins boat” to most of its users, was “the boat that won the war,” according to Eisenhower. Like the Jeep or the C-47 transport, it served in almost every theater of WWII, performing unglamorous but vital service in the Allied cause. This book, illustrated with plans and photographs, combines the first in-depth history of the development and employment of the boat type, with a detailed description of its construction, machinery, performance and handling, based on the author’s first-hand experience guiding the restoration of a war-time example for his museum.

The Shipwreck Hunter: A Lifetime of
Extraordinary Discoveries on the Ocean Floor


By David Mearns
Paperback. 416 pp. Allen & Unwin. AUD $32.99


David Mearns has discovered some of the world’s most fascinating and elusive shipwrecks. From the HMS Hood to Vasco da Gama’s 16th-century fleet, he has found dozens of sunken vessels in every ocean of the world. “The Shipwreck Hunter” is an account of his most intriguing finds, and it describes in detail the meticulous research and mid-ocean stamina required to find wrecks miles beneath the surface of the sea. Mearns is a U.S.-born marine scientist with three Guinness World Records, including deepest shipwreck ever found.


Float Planes and Flying Boats

By USCG (retired) Capt. Robert B. Workman Jr.
Hardcover. 288 pp. Naval Institute Press. $41.95


With nearly 300 photographs, retired U.S. Coast Guard aviator Capt. Robert Workman presents a complete picture of naval aviation’s rapid development between 1911 and 1938. Frustrated by the lack of information specifically about the Coast Guard’s aviation heritage, the author undertook research into early naval aviation that gives full credit to the contributions made by Coast Guardsmen, showing the creativity, skill and determination of various sea services that made great strides possible.



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