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Overview The captain of the submarine USS "Nautilus" tells the newly declassified story of his ship's Cold War underwater adventure in the race beneath the polar ice pack.
The greatest undersea adventure of the 20th century.
"The Ice Diaries" tells the incredible true story of Captain William R. Anderson and his crew's harrowing top-secret mission aboard the USS "Nautilus," the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. Bristling with newly classified, never-before-published information and photos from the captain's personal collection, "The Ice Diaries" takes readers on a dangerous journey beneath the vast, unexplored Arctic ice cap during the height of the Cold War.
"Captain Anderson and the crew of the "USS Nautilus" exemplified daring and boldness in taking their boat beneath the Arctic ice to the North Pole. This expertly told story captures the drama, danger, and importance of that monumental achievement." ―Capt. Stanley D. M. Carpenter, Professor of Strategy and Policy, United States Naval War College
"Few maritime exploits in history have so startled the world as the silent, secret transpolar voyage of the U.S. Navy's nuclear submarine "Nautilus," and none since the age of Columbus and Vasco da Gama has opened, in one bold stroke, so vast and forbidding an area of the seas." ―Paul O'Neil, "Life" magazine
From Publishers Weekly Anderson, who died in 2007, and Keith (Final Bearing) collaborate on this first-rate account of the USS Nautilusthe world's first nuclear submarine, which Anderson commandedand its historic transpolar crossing in 1958. Anderson took command of the Nautilus in 1957 at the height of the Cold War. Within months, the Soviets launched Sputnik I and shook Americans' confidence in their technological edge. Eager to demonstrate U.S. prowess, the Eisenhower administration approved a dramatic expedition to the North Pole beneath the permanent ice pack that blankets the Arctic Ocean. After turning back once, the Nautilus began its 2,000-mile journey across mostly uncharted waters in July 1958. The success of Operation Sunshine II captured the world's attention and significantly boosted the sagging spirits of Americans. Anderson first told the story of the Nautilus's mission in the 1959 Nautilus 90 North, but this version incorporates new, recently declassified information and is likely the most definitive and entertaining firsthand account we'll get. Fans of naval history in particular will enjoy this inspirational adventure story. Photos. (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Publishers Weekly - 05/19/2008 page 46
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Jul 29, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785227598 ISBN13 9780785227595
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More About William R. Anderson, Captain William Anderson & Don Keith
William R. Anderson lived in San Diego. William R. Anderson was born in 1921 and died in 2007.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Ice Diaries: The True Story of One of Mankind's Greatest Adventures?
A little disappointing... Mar 1, 2010
I had high hopes that Captain Anderson would be able to tell at last the full story of USS Nautilus and her truly amazing artic adventures. His first book, written almost contemporaneous with the event, "Nautilus 90 Degrees North" was understandably hampered by the need to protect classified capabilities that were then current. Unfortunately, "The Ice Diaries" turned out to be a slightly rewarmed version of the first book. While readable, it is a pretty bare-bones narrative, with no new insights into the personalities involved or the submarine culture. For those unfamiliar with the Nautilus story, it is is worth reading. For those versed in naval topics and submarine operations, it is a bit disappointing.
A personal review Feb 3, 2010
Well, Andy was the captain of the USS Wahoo (SS 565)when I reported abpoard her for duty in 1953. After I left her in 1955, he was ordered to the Nautilus where he was the second commanding officer. As literature the book is not great. But the story of the boat's submerged voyage under the North Pole is interesting. I had spent two weeks reserve duty on the Nautilus (which Andy helped to arrange for me)a few months before that arctic voyage.
Ice Diaries - Sea Adventure - must read! Oct 22, 2009
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Pioneering ship and crew. The engineering systems and training developed by the "Nautilus" became "std equip" for following generations of "nuke" subs. They were all heros! Smooth sailing!
Great book Jul 17, 2009
Having worked in Submarine Repair in the 70s and 80s I am always looking for books about the boats. This was a great narrative of gaining foothold in the Arctic, a race to establish dominance in a new sea, in a new era, that on the nuclear powered submarine.
Nuatilus Northwest Passage Feb 15, 2009
The book was important for me to read about the actual trials and tribulations NAUTILUS (SSN 571) went thru as they commenced transit from the Bering Sea thru the Chukchi Sea submerged until they surfaced in the Davis Straits off Greenland. Reason being my own personal experience as a crew member of the USS REDFISH (SS 395) of SUBDIV 32 based in San Diego,CA. We were tasked to conduct under ice preliminary explorations for the same DR. WALDO K. LYON of USNEL IceLab using his initial topside fathometers to measure the thickness of the ice pack while submerged for 8 hours and 43 minutes off Point Barrow, Alaska during both the Summers of 1952 & 1953. We survived both REDFISH Expeditions and got as far as Banks Island on the surface thru the ice floe stackups. DR.LYON sent me a letter about how easy it was to view the ice pinnacles at 150 feet or deeper using the NAUTILUS closed circuit TV. Quite a change from our viewing aboard REDFISH both in 1952 & 53. As you can see I definitely enjoyed the book and it brought back memories of thick ice formations inside the pressure hull as well as the ice floes on the surface grinding along the hull like a Giant Can Opener doing just that to our Main Ballast Tanks!!!!! We ended up in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a badly needed OVERHAUL as well as R & R. A Good Read for sure.
LT. JOHN R LASTOVA, Jr. LCDR.USNR (Ret.) 2/15/2009