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Author Talk: Trapped Under the Sea with Author Neil Swidey

Date Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time 7:00 pm
Location Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

Just twenty-five years ago, Boston Harbor was considered a national embarrassment—the filthiest harbor in America. Today, Boston has the cleanest urban harbor in the nation, an undisputed environmental success story and the engine of the city’s stunning revitalization. Yet it came at an enormous cost.

In Trapped Under the Sea, Neil Swidey recounts the tragic and avoidable human toll of the fraught last step of the decade-long harbor cleanup.

On a clear summer day in 1999, five commercial divers entered a nearly 10-mile-long horizontal tunnel—the longest of its kind in the world—that was bored into the bedrock hundreds of feet beneath the ocean floor. Their job was to solve the final logistical challenge that had plagued the harbor project for years, testing the patience and resources of all the parties involved. In this oxygen-starved, silent, pitch-black and claustrophobic environment, the divers’ mission turned into a harrowing race to get out alive.

Neil Swidey is a staff writer for The Boston Globe Magazine and the author of The Assist, a Boston Globe bestseller, and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy.

Presented free of charge. No registration required.