Into the Deep: A Memoir from the Man Who Found Titanic

National Geographic. May 2021. 336p. ISBN 9781426220999 $30;. SCI
Ballard is celebrated as the man who located the Titanic; he has written several books on the subject, like The Discovery of the Titanic. But this fascinating, page-turning memoir also recounts his many other deep-sea adventures. It begins with his early interest in the sea, his doctorate studies, and his stint in the navy. Soon after, Ballard was diving in manned submersibles and writing books on plate tectonics, the existence of hydrothermal vents, and the discovery of animals that use chemosynthesis to live. Believing that robots are a safer way to explore the deep ocean, he worked to develop ever more sophisticated versions, which helped him locate and explore ships like the Titanic, Lusitania, Bismarck, and Yorktown. Ballard discovered ancient shipping routes and provided information for the U.S. and foreign governments on sunken submarines and planes. He candidly shares how he has navigated funding difficulties, pushback from his employer, and more.
VERDICT This exciting memoir, recounted by a wonderful storyteller, will be relished by readers who enjoy adventure, oceanography, underwater archaeology, and scientific discovery. Ballard’s latest account will appeal to a great many readers.
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