- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Zenith Pr; First Edition edition (January 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752220357
- ISBN-13: 978-0752220352
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,790,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hood and Bismarck: The Deep-Sea Discovery of an Epic Battle Hardcover – January 1, 2002
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The chapters in Hood and Bismarck alternate between an historical description of the two ships and their battle and the assembly of a modern expedition to search for both of them. Bismarck had been located by Dr. Robert Ballard's team in 1989, but the location was kept secret; Hood remained lost in the cold waters of the North Atlantic.
The expedition lead by David Mearns successfully relocated the wreck of the Bismarck and then went on to find the shattered remains of the Hood. The description of how the wrecks were found makes very interesting reading, and the evidence gathered by the expedition offers some interesting perspectives on some old questions: why did the Hood explode and sink so quickly, and was the Bismarck scuttled by her crew or sunk by her opponents?
The book lacks the remarkable artist's conceptions of the "shipwreck as a whole" that are customary in Dr. Ballard's books (in particular, his "The Discovery of the Bismarck", published in 1990). On the whole, however, Hood and Bismarck is very well-researched and written and the analysis and crisp photographs make up for the missing "big picture" paintings. Moreover, the book successfully captures the very human dimension of the struggle between the Royal Navy and the Kriegsmarine--the very few survivors of the Hood and the Bismarck play a moving role in the search for these sunken ships and in the laying of memorial plaques on their remains. Highly recommended!