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Wrecks: The World's Best Dives [Hardcover]

By Egidio Trainito (Editor), Kurt Amsler (Editor) & Massimo Bicciato
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The history of man is in great part linked to the development of sea traffic, despite the risk of death due to bad weather or war. Produced to show readers the underwater treasures that have till now been the exclusive preserve of a fortunate few, this book presents an assortment of the most breathtaking wrecks in the world. Superb photographs, practical information on the dives, and well-documented descriptions bring life back to the sunken giants. The routes taken are described in detail and three-dimensional reconstructions help the reader to understand the itineraries.

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 11" Height: 12.25"
Weight:   4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 29, 2004
Publisher   White Star
ISBN  8854400149  
ISBN13  9788854400146  

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More About Egidio Trainito, Kurt Amsler & Massimo Bicciato

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Egidio Trainito is a specialist in marine photography and marine biology. He is one of Italy's most reknowned underwater photographers and has collaborated with one of the foremost research centers and publishers in this field. He is the author of "Sardinia: " "Guide to Diving" (White Star), and he has contributed to several books on underwater diving. He has played a pivotal role in recent underwater archaeological excavations.

Egidio Trainito currently resides in Porto San Paolo, Sardinia. Egidio Trainito was born in 1947.

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A compilation of the worst publications available.  Mar 27, 2007
This book is arranged into the global areas of; Atlantic, Mediterranean, Red Sea/Indian Ocean and Pacific. On first examination, however, I found the book to be a compilation of very disappointing books previously published by White Star Publishing of Italy. Now that those individual books have come together in a larger format under a single title, the results are even more disappointing.

It must be said that most of the photos are stunning - but that is all! The artwork is poor and neither imaginative nor accurate. Not only has shipwreck artwork moved on since these images were first published in other titles - many, many years ago, but the wrecks themselves have also changed during that time. I am disappointed that no effort was expended on this aspect of the book. Some of the artwork looks as though it might have been drawn by small children - using a ruler to produce straight lines. Surely the photograph of the Spiegel Grove taken prior to her sinking off Florida provides a wealth of information for any artist. Those factual details about this large vessel were, however, ignored in favour of producing a very poor quality image of the wreck itself.

Similarly, the Rhone is far from accurate. As far as Scapa Flow is concerned, the factual details of HMS Royal Oak are misleading and the painting of 3 wrecks from the German High Seas Fleet appear blurred. I do not believe this author has even visited these wrecks!

The section on the Mediterranean does not even cover the Mediterranean at all but is confined to a limited area on the north west coast of that huge sea. Not only are the three greatest wrecks from the Mediterranean excluded but Malta, Greece and Cyprus (to mention but three!) do not even appear on the map!

As for the Red Sea, they finally got the name of the Blue Belt right but still insist on mis-spelling the name of the Giannis D. The Numidia is depicted with her bows intact at 80m and her stern missing - and that is the wrong way round. Elsewhere the description of the Chrisoula K includes an artist's impression of and photographs taken from the Kimon M! The picture of the Thistlegorm looks nothing like that wreck whatsoever and serves no purpose.

Saddest of all, once again we have a product from these publishers which blatantly shows divers deep INSIDE the wreck of the Yongala (Australia). It is against the law for any person to enter this particular shipwreck and people have been arrested and convicted for so doing. Please be warned.

Altogether, this is an appalling attempt to bluff the reader into thinking this is a quality item by hiding a very inferior product behind some outstanding photography - all of which underlines the publisher's lack of knowledge of the subject of shipwrecks "and" the requirements of the modern wreck diver.


Fascinating and visually atractive book  Sep 15, 2005
I've always been fascinated by ship wrecks, they are very romantic to me. Quiet, forever buried in the sea, reminiscent of times long past... This book really compliments these romantic ideas. It is full of beautiful large pictures of ships and plains from interesting points of view. The book covers about 45 wracks, surprisingliy though, not the RMS Titanic! That was a bit of a disapointment as my fascination started when the movie Titanic came out and I began to read about it.
Focus is on the background of the wreck, why it sank, which is described in detail most of the time. Beside this, the book also offers a divers' guide for professional divers who want to explore the ships for themselves. I didn't find that info useful as I'm not a diver, but I'm sure it will be useful for divers. Definitely a worthy book!

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