THEY DARED THE DEEP: A History of Diving by Robert Marx

THEY DARED THE DEEP: A History of Diving

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A teasing title for a straightforward, non-descriptive history: veteran diver Robert Marz writes it in a stream-of-fact style that at times sounds like an annotated outline. The history of free diving from Herodotus' time to the sixteenth century is followed by the development of equipment from then to now. After documenting the role of frogmen in wartime, Mr. Marx talks about diving for treasure, sport, archaeology, and science--the liveliest coverage, and more than coincidentally corresponding to the author's own career. The vocabulary is difficult and the going slow: don't plunge without enough interest to stay in.

Pub Date: May 17th, 1967
Publisher: World