Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists Who Helped Win World War II

HarperAudio. Aug. 2022. 11:14 hrs. ISBN 9780063246355. $27.99. MILITARY HIST
Pediatric surgeon Musemeche details the career of pioneering oceanographer, Mary Sears, and the use of oceanography during World War II. The United States owes a tremendous debt to Sears and her team of marine scientists and researchers at the hydrographic lab in Washington, DC. Without their contributions to the war effort in the form of oceanographic intelligence—tide levels, underwater topography, and even the location of POW camps—military officers would have lacked key knowledge of enemy waters, and many more lives would have been lost. Narrator Maggi-Meg Reed echoes the tone of Musemeche’s words, crisply and clearly communicating her biographical storytelling and her detailed accounts of the important military campaigns that utilized oceanographic intelligence.
VERDICT This audiobook, recounting the tremendous accomplishments of women working in unaccommodating and unappreciative environments, should appeal to readers of women’s studies and history. Share with fans of Beverly Weintraub’s Wings of Gold or Liza Mundy’s Code Girls. Librarians may also enjoy reading about the important cataloging work done by one of Sears’s primary researchers, the multilingual oceanographic librarian Mary Grier.
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