The Ice Diaries: The Untold Story of the USS Nautilus and the Cold War's Most Daring Mission
Captain William R. Anderson, USN, with Don Keith. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2008. 384 pp. Notes. Illus. Index. $24.99.
Reviewed by Rear Admiral William J. Holland Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)
There are two tracks for heroes in the chronicles of navies: on one hand, the warriors, and on the other, the explorers and pioneers. Captain William Anderson, a veteran of war patrols on board the USS Tarpon (SS-175), Narwhal (SS-167), and Trutta (SS-421), belonged to the second track. His book is a first-person account of the days when, if you had seen one nuclear-powered submarine, you had seen them all. The Ice Diaries touches on Anderson's service and personal life from his Naval Academy years until he retired to become a congressman from Tennessee. The focus, however, is on the Nautilus' 1958 polar exploration.