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Best known for finding the doomed ship Titanic, celebrated adventurer Robert Ballard has a lifetime of stories about exploring the ocean depths. Now he gets personal, telling the stories behind his most exciting discoveries-including how a top-secret naval mission provided the opportunity for his Titanic discovery-and opens up about his private tragedies. He frankly recoun Best known for finding the doomed ship Titanic, celebrated adventurer Robert Ballard has a lifetime of stories about exploring the ocean depths. Now he gets personal, telling the stories behind his most exciting discoveries-including how a top-secret naval mission provided the opportunity for his Titanic discovery-and opens up about his private tragedies. He frankly recounts the struggles he has worked through, rising to prominence as a scientist whose celebrity drew academic scorn. And he reveals the triumph and agony in the years after his Titanic find: While media around the world clamored for interviews, he confronted the death of his 20-year-old son as well as the collapse of his marriage amid academic and military career demands. Finally, he addresses his late-in-life discovery of his own dyslexia, which he now sees as a gift that has shaped his life and accomplishments. Brilliant, insightful, and surprising, Into the Deep is the definitive story of the dangers and discoveries, conflicts and triumphs that have shaped the remarkable life of an American hero.


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Best known for finding the doomed ship Titanic, celebrated adventurer Robert Ballard has a lifetime of stories about exploring the ocean depths. Now he gets personal, telling the stories behind his most exciting discoveries-including how a top-secret naval mission provided the opportunity for his Titanic discovery-and opens up about his private tragedies. He frankly recoun Best known for finding the doomed ship Titanic, celebrated adventurer Robert Ballard has a lifetime of stories about exploring the ocean depths. Now he gets personal, telling the stories behind his most exciting discoveries-including how a top-secret naval mission provided the opportunity for his Titanic discovery-and opens up about his private tragedies. He frankly recounts the struggles he has worked through, rising to prominence as a scientist whose celebrity drew academic scorn. And he reveals the triumph and agony in the years after his Titanic find: While media around the world clamored for interviews, he confronted the death of his 20-year-old son as well as the collapse of his marriage amid academic and military career demands. Finally, he addresses his late-in-life discovery of his own dyslexia, which he now sees as a gift that has shaped his life and accomplishments. Brilliant, insightful, and surprising, Into the Deep is the definitive story of the dangers and discoveries, conflicts and triumphs that have shaped the remarkable life of an American hero.

30 review for Into the Deep: A Memoir from the Man Who Found Titanic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Anyone else fascinated with stories about the Titanic? Bob Ballard is the actual explorer known for discovery on both the Titanic and Lusitania shipwrecks. Ballard found the wreck of the Titanic. He’s also known for finding new life forms at the bottom of the sea. Today he captains a ship where he continues research and trains other young scientists. Into the Deep is his story where he shares personal details about his life. From a child with a learning disability to a legendary explorer and scien Anyone else fascinated with stories about the Titanic? Bob Ballard is the actual explorer known for discovery on both the Titanic and Lusitania shipwrecks. Ballard found the wreck of the Titanic. He’s also known for finding new life forms at the bottom of the sea. Today he captains a ship where he continues research and trains other young scientists. Into the Deep is his story where he shares personal details about his life. From a child with a learning disability to a legendary explorer and scientist, all the exciting and often dangerous stories are shared. What a life! I’m so grateful to have been able to read Bob Ballard’s story. I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christina DeVane

    Would be a 5 star except for some language throughout.🤨 I found this SO fascinating on many levels! I never knew politics was so involved with being an oceanographer! He had to raise funds and find people to sponsor his explorations. The Navy ended up being a major help as they could combine technology and trips for military/defense purposes. Coming from humble beginnings, he seemed like your average guy, but he never gave up on pursuing his dreams even when things didn’t go his way. After discov Would be a 5 star except for some language throughout.🤨 I found this SO fascinating on many levels! I never knew politics was so involved with being an oceanographer! He had to raise funds and find people to sponsor his explorations. The Navy ended up being a major help as they could combine technology and trips for military/defense purposes. Coming from humble beginnings, he seemed like your average guy, but he never gave up on pursuing his dreams even when things didn’t go his way. After discovering the Titanic he became a household name and met President Reagan and Prince Charles and Diana (pre-divorce). He went on to find many other ships and artifacts some dating back to the Canaanites! Fascinating to see how his love for exploring the deep overlapped with archeology in the end. Most interesting was his exploration of the Black Sea. He found a previous shoreline and city wall that gave evidence to a massive Flood roughly 7,500 years ago (hmm) and the reason for layers of murky soil is the effect of salt waters engulfing a fresh water lake (also the Flood). Even though the author believes in evolution he admits how fascinating this was and how a Flood had created this. As a marine biologist he cares about the earth. But he is not concerned with global warming or the earth surviving, etc. He states how he has seen with his eyes how the earth regenerates itself and will always take care of itself starting from its deepest roots in the ocean. He’s watched deep lava do its thing in the ocean. How cool would that be?!? Other random facts: the US owns the most water landmass of any country. He sees this as a need for us to map out and explore what we own. Some parts got a little deep in science and hard to follow, but overall extremely interesting and I learned so much! He’s nearing 80 and still going on explorations! -not as the head captain though. 😉 *Listen FREE on Hoopla

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Into the Deep: An Explorer's Life is the memoir of Bob Ballard, a well known and celebrated oceanographer and scientist who discovered the wrecks of the RMS Titanic in 1985. Ballard was also well known for his countless significant scientific discoveries, and underwater expeditions. I loved the way this book was written and how this memoir recounts Ballard’s life with heartbreaking details and stories about his own struggles and challenges growing up. Ballard’s life is so moving and heartfelt as Into the Deep: An Explorer's Life is the memoir of Bob Ballard, a well known and celebrated oceanographer and scientist who discovered the wrecks of the RMS Titanic in 1985. Ballard was also well known for his countless significant scientific discoveries, and underwater expeditions. I loved the way this book was written and how this memoir recounts Ballard’s life with heartbreaking details and stories about his own struggles and challenges growing up. Ballard’s life is so moving and heartfelt as he tells his story of how he rose to prominence. He also opens up about his life, specifically about his learning disability - having had dyslexia, to his harrowing experience losing his 20 year old son, and then the collapse of his marriage. This book was such an amazing read I highly recommend, about the remarkable life of a former US Navy commander, oceanographer, and adventurer that is both inspirational and insightful.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Battaglia

    The entire book is filled with incredible discoveries, archeological finds, and beautiful sea life. These things kept me reading. I also liked that some of the more scientific things were explained in layman’s terms (I am NOT good with science). However, the second half of the book was so egocentric that I kept rolling my eyes. He bashed institutions or people that didn’t support him or align with his vision, made himself out to be a celebrity, name-dropped like crazy, and added these cliche say The entire book is filled with incredible discoveries, archeological finds, and beautiful sea life. These things kept me reading. I also liked that some of the more scientific things were explained in layman’s terms (I am NOT good with science). However, the second half of the book was so egocentric that I kept rolling my eyes. He bashed institutions or people that didn’t support him or align with his vision, made himself out to be a celebrity, name-dropped like crazy, and added these cliche sayings and platitudes as if he was the wise one giving advice we never asked for. I noticed a couple of editing errors and there is one chapter (second to last) that could have been completely eliminated from the book or reorganized. But like I said, the discoveries were amazing and kept me going—especially seeing the photos align with the wrecks or sea life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    I loved watching Jacques Cousteau as a child although I am not particularly fond of the water. I remember when Ballard found the Titanic and that launched my love affair with the ship. Into the Deep provides a fascinating account of Ballards life. I was most interested in the Titanic parts, but was also interested in the other treasures he has found in the deep. I think anyone reading this memoir will want to dive into the water and see what lost ships and artifacts they can find. Thanks to Nati I loved watching Jacques Cousteau as a child although I am not particularly fond of the water. I remember when Ballard found the Titanic and that launched my love affair with the ship. Into the Deep provides a fascinating account of Ballards life. I was most interested in the Titanic parts, but was also interested in the other treasures he has found in the deep. I think anyone reading this memoir will want to dive into the water and see what lost ships and artifacts they can find. Thanks to National Geographic and Edelweiss for the the early read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    His achievements are 5 star, his personality 2 stars, he lost me when criticized his ex wife, he's too old to throw her under the bus... His achievements are 5 star, his personality 2 stars, he lost me when criticized his ex wife, he's too old to throw her under the bus...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Extremely interesting book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I've been following Dr. Ballard's career for years, so I had high hopes for this one, but my greatest takeaway from the book is that he has an ego the size of the Titanic. If you're looking for information on the discoveries he's made, or an archeological perspective on the items found, you won't get it here. Instead, aside from logistical details on the trips he's undertaken, this reads as a laundry list of the people he feels did him wrong by not supporting him exactly how he thinks he deserve I've been following Dr. Ballard's career for years, so I had high hopes for this one, but my greatest takeaway from the book is that he has an ego the size of the Titanic. If you're looking for information on the discoveries he's made, or an archeological perspective on the items found, you won't get it here. Instead, aside from logistical details on the trips he's undertaken, this reads as a laundry list of the people he feels did him wrong by not supporting him exactly how he thinks he deserved to have been supported, the famous and rich people he knows and hangs out with (so much name dropping), and all of the wonderful things those famous and rich people have said about him.

  9. 4 out of 5

    HM21

    While the content is amazing and it is wonderful to hear about Ballard’s life, it felt a little too perfect of a painted picture and the writing was very simple, however perhaps this is in line with Ballard’s vision to make things more accessible. My biggest complaint is how he glosses over how he treats his first wife, and then fails to thank her in the end when it is her “housewife” skills that allowed him to make so many discoveries early on.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pam Foster

    A strong 3.5 rating, primarily for the interesting life this man has led. Enjoyed reading about his finding of the Titanic, Bismarck. But the writing was choppy and got a bit egocentric toward the end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amberly Hershberger nichols

    Interesting details of the author’s explorations but I couldn’t get past how passive aggressive he was toward the mother of his children. Reeked of old school misogyny.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    You could call this "Bob Ballard's Greatest Hits" as the renowned undersea explorer recaps his life and the several expeditions that have made him famous. In addition to his popular Titanic and Bismark discoveries, Ballard has been a pioneer in the use of underwater remote vehicles and developed much of the technology that is fueling a new Age of Discovery below the ocean surface. He is arguably one of the greatest explorers of his generation and later in life has become an advocate for people w You could call this "Bob Ballard's Greatest Hits" as the renowned undersea explorer recaps his life and the several expeditions that have made him famous. In addition to his popular Titanic and Bismark discoveries, Ballard has been a pioneer in the use of underwater remote vehicles and developed much of the technology that is fueling a new Age of Discovery below the ocean surface. He is arguably one of the greatest explorers of his generation and later in life has become an advocate for people with dyslexia (which he discovered he has). He also freely admits he is not the easiest person to be with, with many instances of him "moving on" in his personal and professional lives. All told, a fascinating journey with a lively and engaging subject.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelsea

    Last night, I finished up this memoir by Bob Ballard, the oceanographer who found Titanic’s shipwreck site, as well as exploring many other underwater wrecks and making other oceanic discoveries. I really enjoyed this book, as it offered a peek into a world very few have access to. The book includes interesting photographs that illustrate what Ballard describes. I learned a lot about deep sea exploration (using submersibles & underwater cameras), his specialty. It was great reading about all the Last night, I finished up this memoir by Bob Ballard, the oceanographer who found Titanic’s shipwreck site, as well as exploring many other underwater wrecks and making other oceanic discoveries. I really enjoyed this book, as it offered a peek into a world very few have access to. The book includes interesting photographs that illustrate what Ballard describes. I learned a lot about deep sea exploration (using submersibles & underwater cameras), his specialty. It was great reading about all the work he’s done to encourage kids interested in pursuing ocean exploration. Ballard also goes into a heart wrenching personal loss he experienced. Near the end of the book, Ballard talks about learning late in life that he has dyslexia, and how that impacted the way he saw himself and his experiences. I love how he ends on climate change and how important it is for us humans to find sustainable ways to live. Thank you National Geographic & TLC BooTours for a free copy of the book in exchange for an Instagram feature + review. It’s out today!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Jennings

    Such an interesting book!! A mix of mémoire, science and history is the perfect genre for me!! Some language, but otherwise so enjoyable. I really liked the part about dyslexia at the end. He comes across as very honest, humble, and passionate about exploring.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Overall this is a pretty good read. I thought the writing was very good. Descriptive, engaging, and many times I felt as the reader like I was there. I would say at times I just got this perception of arrogance from Mr. Ballard. It may just be how I read the book but there was too much "I did this" "I came up with that" "I directed this" type stuff. And the name dropping also wore on me a bit. I get the excitement of being engaged with someone like James Cameron ... that had to be cool. But defe Overall this is a pretty good read. I thought the writing was very good. Descriptive, engaging, and many times I felt as the reader like I was there. I would say at times I just got this perception of arrogance from Mr. Ballard. It may just be how I read the book but there was too much "I did this" "I came up with that" "I directed this" type stuff. And the name dropping also wore on me a bit. I get the excitement of being engaged with someone like James Cameron ... that had to be cool. But deferring to calling him "Jimmy" or just talking through the limo ride ... I don't know. It just felt a little off to me. That was really the only downside of this book for me and again, it could have been just me. What the author has done and accomplished and when and how he accomplished it was amazing. And how he ends the book also really provides some good perspectives IMO. It's a good book and worth the read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen (itpdx)

    Dr. Ballard’s autobiography. Childhood to almost 80. An adventurous and action-packed life. His personality comes through clearly. I liked reviewing some of the expeditions that I haven’t seen covered much in the media. I liked that he was very clear about how much time had to be devoted to fund-raising. I liked that he pushed cross specialty work and exposing students to the joys of science. I liked his explanation of dyslexia. But I don’t think that I like Dr. Ballard that much, which made the Dr. Ballard’s autobiography. Childhood to almost 80. An adventurous and action-packed life. His personality comes through clearly. I liked reviewing some of the expeditions that I haven’t seen covered much in the media. I liked that he was very clear about how much time had to be devoted to fund-raising. I liked that he pushed cross specialty work and exposing students to the joys of science. I liked his explanation of dyslexia. But I don’t think that I like Dr. Ballard that much, which made the book difficult to read at times.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Belardi

    I am a fan of Robert Ballard but this book does little justice to his super interesting career. Stick with the National Geographic tv specials which are great.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    The hull of the behemoth ship came racing toward them out of the piercing darkness. For over 70 years, the Titanic sat perched on the ocean floor without a soul as to knowing where. The forward funnel had collapsed on that fateful day - April 15, 1912, crushing John Jacob Astor. Survivor Jack Thayer recorded the ship broke in half at her weakest point that night. He was right. The stern of the ship had imploded thirty seconds after she took her final plunge as air and water pressure fought for c The hull of the behemoth ship came racing toward them out of the piercing darkness. For over 70 years, the Titanic sat perched on the ocean floor without a soul as to knowing where. The forward funnel had collapsed on that fateful day - April 15, 1912, crushing John Jacob Astor. Survivor Jack Thayer recorded the ship broke in half at her weakest point that night. He was right. The stern of the ship had imploded thirty seconds after she took her final plunge as air and water pressure fought for control of the largest ship in the world. Now she lay at her watery grave, sea life all but consuming her. The grand staircase was only an empty shaft, destroyed by collapsing waves and eaten by the termites of the sea - wood-eating worms. 1,503 passengers and crew who fell victim to the wreck, had called this site their final resting place. The only evidence they had ever been there were oddly placed pairs of shoes, eating utensils, and dolls that lay where they once did. Mollusks and the sea termites ate her soft woods, whereas icicle-like growths of rust, called rusticles, ate her steel, making her look like an apparition of her former glory that would disappear at any moment. But for a moment, Bob Ballard and his crew thought the ghost ship was headed straight for them and would cut their submersible in half. They tried to dive out of the way until they realized that it was them headed straight for her. No one said anything as waves of emotion had collided upon Ballard and his crew, as most places do that have experienced immense tragedy. But finally after 70 years, light had come to the Titanic once again. Bob Ballard's life story is powerful, inspiring, and emotional. Bob, born in Kansas and raised in southern California, became enthralled with the ocean at a young age. He certainly did not follow a set "yellow brick road", but ventured on his own into the unknown, carving his own path. It was amazing to listen to someone completely living life according to destiny and fulfilling it with excellence. A sign on Bob's door reads, "If you're not making dust, you're eating it!" He would go on to serve in the Navy before becoming enrolled at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on the Eastern seaboard, and he would become one of the finest oceanographers and explorers of all time. Following in Jacques Cousteau's footprints, Ballard went deeper into the ocean, and finding and exploring over 100 shipwrecks. Along with the Titanic, Ballard found the German battleship Bismarck, Kennedy's patrol boat - PT-109, WWII aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, and several Black Sea wrecks from antiquity. He has explored the Lusitania, searched for Amelia Earhart's plane, found Titanic on a ten day search, and went on a Navy mission to map the wrecks of nuclear submarines Scorpion and Thresher. He has also uncovered thermal vents in the Galapagos Rift and submarine volcanoes on the Pacific rise. Ballard is an explorer for the ages.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan Tunis

    Even I have trouble believing this, but at one time in my life, I moved in the same circles as Bob Ballard, so I knew a lot of the people referenced in this book. What for any other reader would be a heck of an adventurous memoir (of a privileged white man with a very healthy ego), was for me a walk down memory lane. So many old friends were mentioned that I smiled all the way through. But even without the very personal connection, I'm pretty sure I would have loved this. Yes, Ballard is a littl Even I have trouble believing this, but at one time in my life, I moved in the same circles as Bob Ballard, so I knew a lot of the people referenced in this book. What for any other reader would be a heck of an adventurous memoir (of a privileged white man with a very healthy ego), was for me a walk down memory lane. So many old friends were mentioned that I smiled all the way through. But even without the very personal connection, I'm pretty sure I would have loved this. Yes, Ballard is a little full of himself, but there's no denying his accomplishments. More importantly, this book reminded me why my childhood dream was to become a marine biologist and why I've never lived far from the ocean. I literally can't imagine living a land-locked life, but for those that do, perhaps this book will give them a little taste of salt on their lips.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a memoir chronicling the life and many explorations of Bob Ballard. Best known for discovering the final resting place of Titanic, he has partnered up with National Geographic to find many other ships, submersibles, and even searched for Amelia Earhart's plane. Scott Brick does an excellent job narrating the life and times of Dr. Ballard. We get more information about Ballard's motivations towards his discoveries, his feelings, and how he funded the projects. Its a great jumping off poin This is a memoir chronicling the life and many explorations of Bob Ballard. Best known for discovering the final resting place of Titanic, he has partnered up with National Geographic to find many other ships, submersibles, and even searched for Amelia Earhart's plane. Scott Brick does an excellent job narrating the life and times of Dr. Ballard. We get more information about Ballard's motivations towards his discoveries, his feelings, and how he funded the projects. Its a great jumping off point if there are certain explorations you want to look into further. Included in the book is a listing of all his television specials and nearly two dozen pictures.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Smjohns78

    I enjoyed learning about the world of underwater exploration. I have always had an interest in the titanic. The writer came across a little too arrogant for my taste, but I guess you might have to be to do what he did.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Nice biography of Robert D. Ballad in his 80s, now looking back on his life. An overview of his life and successes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    From start to finish you will not get bored reading Into The Deep! A great play-by-play of some of Robert Ballard's greatest discoveries beginning with the titanic of all of them...The Titantic. Excellent book to read whether you're a fan of the ocean or just history. A can't put it down type of book. From start to finish you will not get bored reading Into The Deep! A great play-by-play of some of Robert Ballard's greatest discoveries beginning with the titanic of all of them...The Titantic. Excellent book to read whether you're a fan of the ocean or just history. A can't put it down type of book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Moore

    This book is great. Part of that has to be due to the fact that Dr. Ballard has an incredible resume. But it's well written, from a perspective that feels very honest. Highly recommend to anyone remotely interested in science, exploration, or the ocean. This book is great. Part of that has to be due to the fact that Dr. Ballard has an incredible resume. But it's well written, from a perspective that feels very honest. Highly recommend to anyone remotely interested in science, exploration, or the ocean.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Gray

    Great read in one day

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Robinson

    This book is a memoir written by Robert Ballard, who is most known for finding the missing wreckage of the Titanic. The reason I bought this book was because of my interest in Titanic, especially after visiting the Titanic museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I love all things ocean, and the stories about different experiences in and around the ocean by this author were so engaging. Beyond the actual dealings with the ocean, the author overcame several personal struggles- his failed marriage and i This book is a memoir written by Robert Ballard, who is most known for finding the missing wreckage of the Titanic. The reason I bought this book was because of my interest in Titanic, especially after visiting the Titanic museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I love all things ocean, and the stories about different experiences in and around the ocean by this author were so engaging. Beyond the actual dealings with the ocean, the author overcame several personal struggles- his failed marriage and issues in academia just to name two. This was a good book, and I would suggest it for those who are interested in Titanic and other ship related books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    MJKF

    I hate having to write a negative review for this book. I loved learning about the science and history scattered throughout and his accomplishments. I disliked the fact that money and name dropping took up most of this book. It does not portray Ballard in such a good light which is very disappointing. He deserves to be recognized for his works just not with this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The ego on this man. Good grief.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Perhaps you think of me just as the guy who found that rusty old boat. But let me tell you the rest of the story. Robert Ballard is best known for locating the wreck of RMS Titanic, or, as his mother called it, "that rusty old boat." In this memoir, Bob Ballard shares some of his personal life, from his rambunctious childhood to the premature death of his son and the dissolution of his first marriage, alongside tales of his academic and career adventures and successes. I am not a big nonfictio Perhaps you think of me just as the guy who found that rusty old boat. But let me tell you the rest of the story. Robert Ballard is best known for locating the wreck of RMS Titanic, or, as his mother called it, "that rusty old boat." In this memoir, Bob Ballard shares some of his personal life, from his rambunctious childhood to the premature death of his son and the dissolution of his first marriage, alongside tales of his academic and career adventures and successes. I am not a big nonfiction reader. In fact, I've read more nonfiction this year, willingly, than I have all of my life. Previously, nonfiction has been relegated to despised required reading, so I am new to the club... and especially new to biographies/memoirs, as this is my first one. Truthfully, I'm not too sure if I liked it. I do like action and adventure stories, but at times it feels a little egocentric... but isn't that kind of the point of a memoir? To talk about the things you've done, with pride? All in all, I'm giving Into the Deep I respectable 3 stars because I simply "liked it." As he says multiple times throughout the novel, Ballard has been an advocate for making science easy and accessible to anyone and everyone. While there are references to academia, he makes an attempt to explain it all in layman's terms. The book takes a fairly linear standpoint, starting from his childhood and his admiration for Captain Nemo to his struggles in school and his research to earn tenure and gain funding for his more "out there" adventures. Titanic, of course, takes a spot right in the middle, and is followed by Ballard's quests to locate and map many military and historical vessels, from WWII warships to ancient seafaring craft. Many of the scientific discoveries were interesting, though much of it didn't receive the in-depth information that I'd been hoping for. Truthfully, I chose to read this because I have a morbid fascination with RMS Titanic and shipwrecks in general, so there was a little bit of disappointment in finding out that they weren't front and center. But again, it's a memoir of the man himself, so what else should I have expected? Otherwise, the only other thing I have of complaint was that the last few chapters felt very out of place for the rest of the novel. Specifically, the second-to-last chapter, "Discovering Myself," should have been the last one, or perhaps should have acted as the epilogue. In this chapter, Ballard discusses realizing that he likely has dyslexia as a septuagenarian, and how many treat it as a disability rather than a strength. He also talks a little bit about conservation, which ties in slightly to his previous discussions of children's educations. Overall, not a terrible book. But, perhaps, maybe not one for me? I did like this book well enough, I just didn't love it. I haven't truly decided how I feel about it, and certainly haven't decided how I feel about biographies and memoirs in general.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    An riveting tale of the life and adventures of the "guy who found that rusty old boat." Namely Dr. Robert Ballard who made a name for himself before the general public when he and his team - with generous assistance from the French - found the resting spot of the HMS Titanic. A young man who found his fascination in finding beneath the ocean waves upon seeing Disney's film version of Verne's Twenty Leagues Under the Sea. From the Bismarck to the Yorktown, the final resting spot of Kennedy's PT-1 An riveting tale of the life and adventures of the "guy who found that rusty old boat." Namely Dr. Robert Ballard who made a name for himself before the general public when he and his team - with generous assistance from the French - found the resting spot of the HMS Titanic. A young man who found his fascination in finding beneath the ocean waves upon seeing Disney's film version of Verne's Twenty Leagues Under the Sea. From the Bismarck to the Yorktown, the final resting spot of Kennedy's PT-109, ancient shipwrecks in the Mediterranean as well as the Black Sea. The bodies of two Turkish pilots shot down too close to the Syrian coast when that government was far too trigger-happy due to the insurgence within it's borders. Exploring seamounts, providing the scientific evidence of geothermal vents and the creatures that survive in the extreme depths and temperatures. Taking detailed pictures of sunken ships - even providing precise photos that proved an attempted case of insurance fraud. And done with manned submersibles and eventually remotely operated vehicles that managed to explore, record and even remove specific artifacts from beneath the waves. Even aiding in the search for the Loch Ness Monster. Then there is the numerous 'live' broadcasts that brought the expeditions and explorations into the proverbial classrooms - in the beginning, museums and auditoriums - and answering thousands of questions while making marine science and history fun and approachable. Difficulties not only with his fellow scientists but due to his own learning problems - it was in his 70's that he discovered his problem was actually due to dyslexia which then led to making a point in his presentations to children and young adults that dyslexia was not a handicap, just a different way of looking at the world. Ballard definitely is a gifted storyteller and his best tales are not only all the discoveries he has made over the decades but how he has changed the field of underwater exploration and even archaeology. 2021-147

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