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Ice Diaries: The True Story of One of Mankind's Greatest Adventures

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  16 reviews

Now, for the first time, 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 Cold War was in full swing. The Soviet Union had just successfully launched Sputnik, and President Eisenhower badly wanted to redeem the reputation of the US as technologically superior

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Published (first published July 29th 2008)
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Marianne
The story of the first submarine to cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic under the polar ice cap, this is told in a rather dry manner but is still a fascinating story.
Phil
I really loved this book, which I discovered through the footnotes of Rickwood Field, read earlier. This is the unclassified tale of the first submarine to travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean by way of the North Pole, and that submarine was the USS Nautilus. My grandfather had the distinction of serving aboard this submarine just after the adventure retold here, so I appreciated the chance to see some of his world. Unfortunately, being told from the perspective of the commanding ...more
Joe White
A little too dumbded-down and somewhat overly rah-rah for service personnel. In all other respects it is a good reflection of underlying pressures on Eisenhower, particularly after Sputnik. It is also a very good accounting of the early difficulties of navigation at the pole before good charts and specific guidance systems were available. The reader can also see that rapid progress was occurring in undersea exploration.
I would have liked to have seen more specific technical details, however give
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Bill Subalusky
A heroic tale of nuclear sailers who took a submarine the size of a several story building hundreds of miles beneath the polar ice cap for the first time in history, manuevering with the technology of fiftey years ago, and navigating along an uncharted sea floor with only twenty feet beneath the keel and eight feet above the highest point on the sub. Unfortunately, the story of these heroes is not well told in this book. The writing style resembles that of a high school compostion and the senten ...more
Eric
Aug 07, 2008 Eric marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Yes! One of my favorite childhood books was a 1960s reading textbook ('From Codes to Captains,' Harper & Row, 1960) that treated the voyage of the Nautilus at some length--a long story with multiple illustrations. One night, I left the book in my tree fort and it got all warped in the rain and my mom made me throw it away. But I remember this. The book also had an elaborately gory series of illustrations showing the many products Native Americans could derive from a buffalo carcass.
George Wallace
Yes, Don is my co-author for Final Bearing and Firing Point, but even if I didn't know Don, it wouldn't change my review of Ice Diaries. Don's publisher nomiated him for a Pulitzer for this book for a reason. It is very well written. The research is solid. The writing is clear and concise. Highly recommemded for anyone interested in the early days of nuclear submarines.
Mark Long
An incredible story that should never be forgotten. Sadly, this captain's memoir is practically unreadable. I'm all for giving shout-outs and thanks to the right people, but these make up entirely too much of the book, distracting from what should be a riveting narrative of technological mastery and old-fashioned derring-do.
Eric
Wow, this has to be one of the best books I've ever read. The author is very articulate and has an ability to paint such a vivid picture that I felt I was right along side the Captain during the entire adventure.

This is a must read for any military, Navy, or sea-going history buffs. I highly recommend it.
Victoria Wilson
It was a really good book if you like suspense and old timey books. I give it a five XD
Bonnie
Quite interesting story of the first submarine passage beneath the polar ice cap. I kept looking for the quote from Anderson that Pres. Hinckley uses (God will always make a way), but it was not in the book
Jeff
Enlightening. Be prepared for sidebar pat-on-the-back intro's each time new characters are brought into the story. Little cheesy on the edges, but a good read if you like history and secrets
Julie
Quick, easy read. Very interesting book about America's first nuclear submarine. Well written and enjoyable.
Curtis Wold
Amazing what the "high" technology was for the first under the Arctic crossing.
Jolene
Cool to me because I was a baby while this was happening.
Evan
this book was very good!
Matt
Great read!
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