Thursday, April 24, 2014

A to Z: U is for Under

For this year's A to Z Blogging Challenge I'm featuring books that I'd like to read!

U is for Under: Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey 

The harrowing story of five men who were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel, hundreds of feet below the ocean, to do a nearly impossible job—with deadly results
A quarter-century ago, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in America. The city had been dumping sewage into it for generations, coating the seafloor with a layer of “black mayonnaise.” Fisheries collapsed, wildlife fled, and locals referred to floating tampon applicators as “beach whistles.”

In the 1990s, work began on a state-of-the-art treatment plant and a 10-mile-long tunnel—its endpoint stretching farther from civilization than the earth’s deepest ocean trench—to carry waste out of the harbor. With this impressive feat of engineering, Boston was poised to show the country how to rebound from environmental ruin. But when bad decisions and clashing corporations endangered the project, a team of commercial divers was sent on a perilous mission to rescue the stymied cleanup effort. Five divers went in; not all of them came out alive. 

Do you love a good true story? Read any lately?

1 comment:

  1. Would Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" count? She writes about her life and I assume it's true. It's definitely funny. I read that title recently. I do like reading true stories, but usually shorter pieces.
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