Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II

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  1. John Chatterton and Richie Kohler risked their lives to explore a sunken WWII sunken German U-Boat just 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey
Key Takeaways
  1. Diving for shipwrecks is one of the most dangerous professions but even here it tends not to be the obstacles that kill divers, but their reaction to them. Great divers learn to overcome their emotions and their inborn fight or flight instincts and remain calm when most would panic. Liberated from his instincts he becomes something else, a freak of nature
  2. Fix the first problem fully and wholly before even thinking of addressing the second
  3. When a man finds what he is supposed to do or where he is supposed to be, it is impossible to be lost
  4. Chatterton, Nagel, and the rest of the crew couldn’t believe they had found a German U-Boat. The definitive moment came when they found a statue of the German eagle
  5. Always take your swing while the other guy is telling you how badly he’s going to beat you up
  6. After months of diving, hours of research, three lives lost, Chatterton and Kohler finally thought they had identified the U-Boat as boat U857
  7. It is amazing how murky and complex things can get when you leave it to experts. In order to feel confident, you have to do your own work and come to your own conclusions
What I got out of it
  1. Really exciting and well told stories about an unlikely find just 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey. The risk these men put on solving this mystery is amazing