When the Germans sank their fleet at Scapa Flow after the First War all the experts said that salvaging the ships was impossible. One man, Ernest Cox, disagreed and in 1924 he bought the entire fleet gambling his entire fortune on the collosal task of raising the fleet. Although he had never so much as salvaged a rowing boat, he suceeded beyond his wildest dreams.
This is just amazing. The man was a genius and used very unorthodox methods that achieved great results. The photos are excellent and the text dry and informative. If you have dived the wrecks in Scapa you will have some idea of this monumental achievement.
This book is a must have for a wreckie. Its out of print now but a facsimilie version is available.