Dennis Lehane on Trapped:


NEIL SWIDEY'S book, now out in paperback, tells the gripping true story of five men who were asked to do a nearly impossible job. They were sent to the end of the world's longest tunnel of its kind, which had been built under the ocean and was by then starved of all light and oxygen. Tragically, not all of them made it out alive. Swidey takes you into the exotic world behind a wondrous megaproject, and introduces you to the fascinating real-life characters asked to rescue it. The result is a taut, action-packed narrative that has been named one of the best books of the year. Reviewers have described it as "impressively reported" (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW), "a masterfully crafted saga" (BOSTON GLOBE), and "a cautionary tale, which Mr. Swidey writes with splendid heart" (WALL ST. JOURNAL).

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Trapped Under the Sea: Now out in paperback 

One of Amazon's Best Books of 2014

A Booklist Editors' Choice of 2014 Book

One of Amazon's Top 20 Nonfiction Books of 2014

No.1 Boston Globe Bestseller

New England Indie Bestseller

An iTunes Best Book of the Month

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten pick (Science)

Amazon Canada's Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 

Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist

Neil's new Harvard Business Review piece

Coverage of Neil at the Texas Book Festival 

The Guardian on Amazon's Best Books of 2014

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

"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

More praise for Trapped Under the Sea


Listen to Neil's interview on Living in Earth , which airs nationally on public radio.

When is the most dangerous day on a job? Read Neil's

Harvard Business Review piece for the surprising answers.

Listen to Neil's interview on NPR station WBUR in Boston:

Watch Neil on CHRONICLE, talking about the cleanup of Boston Harbor.