By Neil Swidey
The harrowing tale of 5 males who have been despatched right into a darkish, airless, miles-long tunnel, 1000s of toes less than the sea, to do a virtually very unlikely job—with lethal results
A quarter-century in the past, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in the USA. town were dumping sewage into it for generations, coating the seafloor with a layer of “black mayonnaise.” Fisheries collapsed, natural world fled, and locals pointed out floating tampon applicators as “beach whistles.”
within the Nineteen Nineties, paintings started on a cutting-edge remedy plant and a 10-mile-long tunnel—its endpoint stretching further from civilization than the earth’s private ocean trench—to hold waste out of the harbor. With this amazing feat of engineering, Boston was once poised to teach the rustic how you can rebound from environmental spoil. but if undesirable judgements and clashing companies endangered the venture, a staff of industrial divers used to be despatched on a dangerous project to rescue the stymied cleanup effort. Five divers went in; now not them all got here out alive.
Drawing on hundreds of thousands of interviews and millions of records amassed over 5 years of reporting, award-winning author Neil Swidey takes us deep into the lives of the divers, engineers, politicians, legal professionals, and investigators concerned with the tragedy and its aftermath, making a taut, action-packed narrative. The climax comes simply after the hard-partying DJ Gillis and his pal Billy Juse exchange assignments as they head into the tunnel, sentencing one in every of them to dying.
An intimate portrait of the wreckage left within the wake of lives misplaced, the book—which Dennis Lehane calls "extraordinary" and compares with The excellent Storm—is additionally a morality story. what's the real price of those large-scale building initiatives, as designers and developers, emboldened through new expertise and confused to deal with a transforming into population’s rapacious wishes, push the boundaries of the prospective? this can be a tale approximately human risk—how it's calculated, discounted, and transferred—and the institutional mess ups which can bring about catastrophe.
Suspenseful but humane, Trapped less than the Sea reminds us that in the back of each bridge, tower, and tunnel—behind the infrastructure that makes smooth lifestyles possible—lies unsung bravery and impressive sacrifice.
From the Hardcover edition.