In his usual thorough fashion, Arch Whitehouse tells us everything there is to know about submarines -- or as much as he thinks the layman can absorb. In between long descriptions of water-tight bulkheads and impregnable conning-towers, he expounds on varying theories of submarine warfare, with historic illustrations. As if this wasn't enough for one book, he reels off with dizzying speed the highlights of several dozen engagements between submarines and more conventional craft, between 1915 and the Korean War. His discussion of the rigors of life aboard these fiendish fish is not the most pleasant kind of reading; in fact, it takes a pretty strong stomach. The book closes with the gloomy forecast that submarines are going to cost the American taxpayer plenty before it's all over.