Essay on Descent Into Darkness Book Review

1275 Words Mar 7th, 2011 6 Pages
Descent into Darkness: A Navy Diver’s Memoir
Descent into Darkness by Edward C. Raymer is an exceptional piece of work that accounts the history and aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Raymer’s purpose when writing Descent into Darkness was to mainly depict the story of what naval divers did during the recovery process after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the hazards endured and the sometimes nearly impossible hardships they overcame, and the innovative diving techniques implemented used to salvage as many damaged battleships and naval capabilities back to fleet. The primary content also includes tense descriptions of diving after horrific circumstances, the human factors that are seldom known, and the
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Scenarios such as divers working their way through sharp jagged corridors of sunken battleships in pitch black lighting working to repair ships and recover bodies dominates the context of the Raymer’s book. Plain and simple, Raymer’s intent is to explain the hazards and dangers associated with the jobs required of the divers during a time of danger and less sophisticated technology. It is unknown though whether Raymer decided to include his diving endeavors in Guadalcanal and his escapades as a “typical” military man on his off time as a personal choice or to simply expand the book to over 200 pages. Whatever the case may be, the content is enjoyable because military or not, the insight given into the typical traits a service member may possess during wartime during his more “liberating” moments is something almost any male reader can relate to, and something any female reader can laugh at. Raymer’s escapades while off duty are amusing and true to most military standards today (well unofficially). The strengths of the book and its outline are several. Descent into Darkness was written in a manner so easily understandable by the most novices of readers, the salvage efforts and the work of the men on the front and back line could be appreciated by anyone. The accounts of personal fear and potential for danger are so

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