Under Ice: Waldo Lyon and the Development of the Arctic Submarine
By William M, Leary. College Station, TX: Texas A&M Press, 1999. 320 pp. Photos. Notes. Bib. Index. $32.95 ($29.65).
Reviewed by Captain Don Walsh, U.S. Navy (Retired)
In early 1959, I reported for duty at the Naval Electronics Laboratory (NEL) in San Diego. In 1945 NEL had been created from parts of Navy-civilian research-and-development groups that had worked at Point Loma during the war. The place was full of talented and colorful characters. It was here I first met Dr. Waldo Lyon, a remarkable man in a remarkable place. This book is an homage to a man and his work, as well as to a time and a place long gone. Having written several books on military history and technology, William Leary handles the subject of this book very well. His work was aided by personal interviews with Lyon and many of the submariners who sailed the Arctic with him.