The Navy Times Book of Submarines
Brayton Harris, edited by Walter J. Boyne. New York: Berkley Books, 1997. 380 pp. Bib. Ind. Notes. Photos. Drawings. $31.95 ($28.75).
Reviewed by Admiral Frank B. Kelso II, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Captain Harris has written an informative and entertaining history of submarines and the people involved in their invention and operation. The book covers the period from the early vision of a submarine to recent times, and includes a great deal of history that was new to me. At the same time, the book is interesting and easy reading. It is written in a style that teenagers can both understand and enjoy.
The vision and efforts of such early submarine designers and engineers as Samuel Colt and Robert Fulton fascinated me. Their efforts to obtain funding and support for submarines and to secure pensions and money from their work are amusing and instructive. The reader will be surprised to find that the political system is still functioning in the same way.