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Books about Truk?

Discussion in 'Apps, Book and Media Reviews' started by Jake, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. Jake

    Jake ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: CA
    Hi all-

    I'm wondering if there are any books about diving in Truk, preferably with a mix of diving and the history of the site. I've really enjoyed auto- and biographical books like "Shadow Divers" or a "Walk on the Deep Side."

    Is there anything out there like this?
  2. clownfishsydney

    clownfishsydney Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Sydney Australia
    There are at least two, by Klaus Lindemann and Dan E. Bailey. Google and you should find them. Both are great.
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  3. mattherat

    mattherat Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: everywhere
    Rod Macdonald has a book out called Dive Truk Lagoon, although i do not have it (yet), i have his autobiographies and also his book on Dive Scapa flow.

    Hope this helps
  4. jgttrey

    jgttrey ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Houston
    Dan Bailey's book is the standard reference and is great. But, it is also pretty dense. It's not an easy read "just to learn more about Truk." It's a pretty monumental compilation and useful for reference or if you really, really want to drill down about a particular wreck. Personally, I thought Lindemann's book was only okay.

    I like the Rod McDonald book a great deal. It borrows heavily (and with appropriate attribution) from Bailey, but it is far less dense. A good mix of individual ship history, what happened during the raid, and diving today. Good diagrams of the wrecks too, though I have not been back to Truk since getting this book to verify. It is a very readable work.

    There is also a book by Andrew Marriott called Legends Beneath the Waves that is pretty good and has some good color photos.

    None of these are in the "Shadow Divers" mold - told as a story of adventure, mystery, danger, discovery, etc. These are books about the ships, Operation Hailstone and diving the wrecks.

    If I had to pick one as a good intro to Truk that is accessible, has good photos and is balanced between history and diving, I'd go with McDonald's book. If you're really interested, get Bailey's book.
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  5. electric_diver

    electric_diver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Bailey's book reprints the airstrike reports from the US pilots. I found them interesting. You don't often get reprints of source material in history books.
  6. pauldw

    pauldw Solo Diver

    Back in the early eighties there was Shipwrecks of Truk, by Rosenberg. Photos to make you want to go there. I don't recall how much text.
  7. kablooey

    kablooey Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: San Diego
    First my apologies for going a little off topic...

    Before my first trip to Truk I read a book titled Japanese Destroyer Captain by Tameichi Hara.
    It is a superb first person account of the Pacific naval war from the Japanese perspective.

    What I learned from the book helped me frame what I saw and experienced at Truk.
    It remains at the top of the military books I've read.

    It's currently available from Amazon in several formats.


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