"Brilliant"

— DENNIS LEHANE

NEIL SWIDEY's bestselling new book tells the gripping true story of five men who were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel, hundreds of feet below the ocean, to do a nearly impossible job—with deadly results. Swidey takes you into the exotic world behind a wondrous megaproject, and introduces you to the fascinating real-life characters who were asked to rescue it. The result is a taut, action-packed narrative that will help open your eyes to how the world around us really works. The NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW calls it "impressively reported" and a "skillful examination." The WALL STREET JOURNAL calls it "a cautionary tale, which Mr. Swidey writes with splendid heart."

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Trapped Under the Sea: One of Amazon's
Best Nonfiction Books of the Year So Far

No.1 Boston Globe Bestseller

New England Indie Bestseller

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten pick of 2014 (Science)

Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist

Trapped Under the Sea book trailer

Imagine venturing to the end of a pitch-black, oxygen-starved, nearly 10-mile-long tunnel built under the ocean. This video trailer offers a sense of what the workers were up against.

Trapped Under the Sea book trailer 2

Praise for Trapped Under the Sea

"A Perfect Storm of public works...Maybe not for claustrophobes; definitely for everyone else." -New York magazine


"While corporate boardrooms are the usual point of entry for dramas involving big money and technological hubris, Swidey, a journalist and author, works instead from the bottom up in his impressively reported account." -New York Times Book Review


"A harrowing account...which Mr. Swidey writes with splendid heart." Wall Street Journal


"Exemplary investigative reporting [and] superb narrative writing." Dallas Morning News


"Dramatic story...meticulous reporting."-Esquire


"A masterfully crafted saga." -Boston Globe


"You'll never look at a bridge or tunnel the same way again...Captivating." -Men's Journal


"Superbly written and researched." -Jonathan Harr, author of A Civil Action


"Extraordinary. It bears comparison with The Perfect Storm." -Dennis Lehane, author of Live by Night and Shutter Island


"Riveting, tragic true story." -Parade magazine


"Thrilling and beautifully told." -Robert Kurson, author of Shadow Divers


"Heartbreaking...Neil Swidey is a terrific storyteller." -Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe and The Sixth Extinction


"A marvel of masterful reporting and suspenseful writing" -Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost in Shangri-La and Frozen in Time


"Riveting...Should be essential reading for anyone in a position of leadership." -Amy C. Edmondson, professor, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL


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