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If Indonesian waters are regarded as having some of the richest reefs in the world, then Michael Aw has captured them superbly. Not since Newbert's Within a Rainbowed Sea has there been such a magnificent production. All of the images are excellent - some exceptionally stunning. And I particularly like the amusing captions, a play on words, which includes a one line description of the marine life, and the location. The book is sectioned by location, with a few pages of introduction on the region before the photographic spread. Most images are full page - some spread over two pages, others may be grouped in twos or threes. This is an ideal book as representative of the exotic marine life of Indonesia, perhaps as a reminder of a past visit, anticipation of the future, or for anyone who appreciates the marine world - and exceptional photography. That the book is endorsed by the President of Indonesia herself is beside the point. If you don't appreciate the excellent photography then you may as well give up diving. An ideal gift. The production of the book, its layout and style, complements the images. 
Large format 290 x 270 mm, hardcover, dutjacket, 180 pages, gloss art high quality paper. 
Michael Aw and Steven Wong.
"Why do humans insist on destroying the sea... the very resource that keeps us all alive?". Such is the quotation at the begining of this excellent book. If this gives you an indication that Celebrate the Sea promotes environment protection you could well be right as its shows the marine life of the oceans in dramatic form, from a drifting salp chain to a huge humpback - there is beauty is their very existence. The images range from macro to extreme wide angle, all delightful in their composition and colour, setting a mood that truly relaxing. The text in informative (the creature and its habitat) and also personal, expressing the photographers mood.  After being absorbed into the tranqulity of the underwater world, the book ends on a more sober note, mentioning the indicriminate destruction of marine life for a number of deplorable reasons. 
Softcover, 280 x 275 pages, 180 pages, full colour. 
Hugh Edwards. 
Hugh Edwards is well known to Australian divers for his many excellent books on maritime history and diving. His latest offering is a rediscovery of two major explorers of the modern world. In 1699, William Dampier set sail through the English Channel aboard the Roebuck, a rotten and ruinous fire ship which was never to meet its destination of Australia. Similarly in France, 1817, Louis de Freycinet was aboard his own scientific vessel Uranie, bound on a voyage around the world. Despite being shipwrecked on rocks off the Falkland Islands, Freycinet's time was spent shared with that of his new young wife Rose, who was disguised as a man and smuggled on board before the ship set sail from France.
The third and final voyage in the book began at Perth International airport in 2001, where seven men mulled over their intention of searching for the shipwrecks of Dampier and Freycinet in their South Atlantic graves. What they were to discover in their final days of the mission was beyond even their wildest imagination…. A tale of hope, success and immeasurable adventure.
Softcover, A4 size, 212 pages, colour plates, recommended reading, index. $39.95
Hank Nelson
From 1942 to 1945 some 22 000 Australian service personnel, including 71women of the Australian Army Nursing Service, became Japanese prisoners-of-war. They were held in more than a dozen camps scattered throughout Southeast Asia, including Timor, Ambon, Manchuria and Japan. Only 14 000 survived the brutal years at the hands of their captors.
In POWs: Australians Under Nippon, ex-prisoners, interviewed by Hank Nelson, describe their many bitter experiences to create unforgettable accounts of deprivation, fortitude and courage in unbelievably inhumane conditions. There have been mny books written by, and on, prisoners-of-war, which can be rather overwhelming if seeking an overall view of just what did happen to the Australkian under Japanese imprisonment. This book stands alone in its value, expressing the fears and attitudes of the men, during their imprisonmenbt and subsequent release. An important book in the history of Australia. The well-repected author is a professor in the Department of Pacific and Southeast Asian History at the Australian National University. The book is based on the ABC's Tim Bowden's award-winning radio series of the same name. Softcover, 224 pages, mono drawings and charts, selected bibliography, index. $18.00
Lee Griffiths. Forward by John Lippman. 
The nemesis of all divers, decompression sickness, a topic that needs to be understood for safe diving. The book provides a thorough understanding of some of the medical problems and illnesses associated with diving, enabling the diver to recognize each of the individual conditions and have a clear understanding of the best action to take in the event of decompression illness. It is aimed at all levels. The text is concise and clearly explains the situation in non-medical terms. Includes a guide to initial treatment and first aid, with emergency action charts and recompression tables.
Softcover, 60 pages, mono and colour photographs and charts.  $34.00
For twenty years the US Navy Diving Manual has been the ultimate reference source for the diver. It is now available for the first time as a complete book. Potential readers may feel challenged by the sheer size of the work. At over 950 A4 pages the book is unsurpassed in technical detail and depth. As the ultimate diving reference work the book contains everything you ever wanted to know about diving and many aspects that you could never imagine! The manual is however surprisingly easy to read. The volumes contained in this one book are as follows:-
Volume 1: Diving Principles and Policies 
Volume 2: Air Diving Operations 
Volume 3: Mixed Gas Surface Supplied Diving Operations 
Volume 4: Closed Circuit and Semiclosed Circuit Diving Operations 
Volume 5: Diving Medicine and Recompression Chamber Operations
These volumes mean that despite the books size the individual volumes make for user friendly reading. Each section has been extensively researched and is widely regarded as the technical standard for diving information and procedures. The manual is easily referenced and used internationally by recreational, commercial, and military divers because of its authoritative and approved procedures. 
This 4th Revision contains the most up to date decompression tables, and techniques for avoiding decompression sickness. This manual is a must for all serious divers.
Hardback, 950 pages. $220.
Robert F. Marx.
In the seventeenth century, Port Royal was a legendary city, a city of vast wealth and pleasure-seeking, the home port of the buccaneers. Today, Port Royal is a city of legends, legends of the 1692 earthquake and tidal wave that caused the city to sink beneath the sea, and legends of the fortunes that may be buried there. Bob Marx was caught up in those legends. Hos excellent book, whiuch has undergone many editions, describes the fulfillment of his childhood dream: a two-and-a-half year exploration of the historic Jamaican port. The first investigation of the site by a trained marine archaeologist, his expedition discovered thousands of perfectly preserved artifacts of life in the 17th century city: silver and pewter ware; brass, iron and wooden tools; and much more, including two hoards of classic buried treasure: Spanish pieces of eight. But Port Royal did not easily give up its treasures: working on a painfully slim budget, Marx and his rag-tag crew had to cope with murky, polluted waters; inhospitable sharks, eels and crabs; razorsharp coral and ancient walls on the verge of collapse; and the intractable opposition of some financial and political interests. Blending real-life adventure, colourful history and the thrill of discovery, Marx has written a fascinating account of one of the most important marine archaeological expeditions ever undertaken. Hardback, 304 pages. $48.00.
Helmut Debelius.
Indo-Pacific fish, especially those living in the coral reefs of Southeast Asia, comprise the world's greatest variety of species. This book featuring more than 800 coloured photographs provides divers, aquarists and tourists with a perfect overview of all the ocean fish encountered in the reefs and open waters off the islands and coastlines of Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Softcover, 153 pages, colour.  $32.00. 
Nigel Pickford. 
Published by National Goegraphic and qwrotten by one of the world's ;pading authorities on shipwrecks, this large format book is superbly presented in large format and full colour. Just some of the vessels mentioned include Admiral Nakhimov, Lusitanmia, Titanic, Hampshire, Laurentic, Empress of Britain, Awa Maru and Edinburgh - and nine others. It really is a remarkable read as most of the ships were lost in the last century - there are no Spanish treasure ships of the Carinnean. The book is well illustrated with mono and colour photographs, and charts. An excellent read. Hardcover, dust jacket, full colour, 192 pages, glossary, index. $52.00.
True Tales of Terror from the Deep.
Edited by John Long.
This is an excellent compendium of fascinating shark tales, of encounters and evaluations, from seventeen authors, many well known. Hugh Edwards and Rodney Fox represent the Aussies, with shark experts Perry Gilbrt, William Young, and Xavier Maniquet; and others including Bret Gilliam, Marty Snyderman, Joe Jackson, and others that I have not heard of, but now appreciate. Its not all blood and guts, but an excellent insight into these fabulous creatures. $24
Diana Preston.
On May 7, 1915, toward the end of her 101st eastbound crossing, from New York to Liverpool, England, R.M.S. Lusitania - pride of the Cunard Line and one of the greatest ocean liners afloat-became the target of a terrifying new weapon and a casualty of a terrible new kind of war. Sunk off the southern coast of Ireland by a torpedo fired from the German submarine U-20, she exploded and sank in eighteen minutes, taking with her some twelve hundred people, more than half of the passengers and crew. Cold-blooded, deliberate, and unprecedented in the annals of war, the sinking of the Lusitania shocked the world. It also jolted the United States out of its neutrality - 128 Americans were among the dead - and hastened the nation's entry into World War I. This is a remarkable and tragic story, exceptionally well written by an established and well-repected author. Hardcover, dustjacket, 532 pages, mono photographs, notes and sources, bibliography, index. $54.00
Bob Leek. 
Many of the sad ships listed were once proud clippers and barques, but even the most prestigious vessel ends up on the seabed, the wreckers - or as cut down coal hulks. After, perhaps, a name change, they continue to give good service storing and carrying coal to colliers arriving at Port Phillip, until finally, their usefulness exhusted, they are broken up, scuttled or simply abandoned. This is most useful book by enthusiastic researcher Bob Leek, as it provides detail on the final life of many ships that seemed to simply vanish off the history list. Softcover, 90 pages, mono photographs.  $19.50
... Converted into Floating Docks, Bathing Ships and Bethal Ships of Port Phillip Bay.
Bob Leek.
Call them the forgotten fleet if you like, but many of these workhorses led glorious lives before being put out to pasture so to speak. Many of course were purpose built, and because their lives were not so glamorous, they are rarely mentioned in the historic texts. And as for their final demise, well, who cared? Very few were actually wrecked in service - most were cut up, scuttled or simply abandoned. But there provided an important servic on Port Phillip. The author, a retired merchant and naval seaman, is most thorough, brought about by a dedication to rsearch of maritime matters in Victoria. Some 150 vessels are listed, with a further 150 associated vessels included. The text is detailed, often a chronology of events. Softcover, 152 pages, mainly mono photos, seven in colour, index.$26.50.
Peter Taylor.
The Henrietta was initially a Grand Banks schooner, built in 1918 at Massachusetts to different specifications to that of the regular Australian schooner. She ended her active days on a reef off Point Cook, Port Phillip, on 28 September 1940, and is now no more than a pile of pig iron ballast. Yet she had an exciting life, possibly being the vessel seen in Captins Courageous, (with Spencer Tracy). She arrived in Australia on a world cruise in 1938, and never left, operating on charter cruises to the Great Barrier Reef, and the Bass Strait islands. Her life is very much part of Australia's maritime history, and has been well documented. A most interesting booklet. Softcover, 26 pages, mono photographs.  $8.80
Compressed Air in the History of Science, Diving and Engineering.
John L.Phillips.
Divers were not the only ones to be afflicted with the dreaded ‘bends', or decompression sickness - or caisson disease. Anyone who worked under compressed air conditions were prone to the often fatal consequences of not understanding the consequences of working under pressure. This excellent book provides a history of ‘the bends' and the subsequent understanding of its cause. A fascinating read, and of most importance to th diver. Hardcover, dust jacket, 256 pages, mono prints and sketches, bibliography, index, author's notes. $45.00
Some ships struggle through life, perform their duties, and die on a reef or at the shipbreakers without achieving any great success. The Wanderer was no exception, although initially the auxiliary schooner led a glamous life. She was built at Greenock in 1879, ".. the most modern, most luxurious steam yacht ever built... she was the epitome of luxury travel". Designed to carry just one family on a world cruise, she had a crew of over fifty - and a parrot. Initialy owned by the wealthy Charles Joseph Lambert, she went through a number of ownership and name changes - Vagus, Consuelo, Investigator, and finally Sea Lark III in 1920 when sold to Patrick Steamship Co., of Sydney. She ended her days as a tramp steamer, and was finally scrapped around 1925.Based on the papers of the Lambert family, this is a fascinating read. 
Softcover, 160 pages, many mono prints, bibliography. $34.00
Ronald Shimek.
This is a superb guide, ‘the essential concise reference',  and although marketed as a ‘pocket-expect guide', it is 448 pages, in full colour throughout, and covers some five hundred ‘essential to know aquarium species'. Don't let the word ‘aquarium' put you off - in fact,the detail for aquarium keepers is just as important for divers experiencing the invertebrates in their natural habitat as the text delves more deply than most other publications into their natural life, their feeding habits, reproduction, predators and the like. I have found it to b one of the most interesting books availabl on invertebrates. 
Softcover, 115 x 185 mm, full colour throughout, 448 pages, index, bibliography, glossary.$66.00
Beth and Shaun Tierney.
A very well put together publication , providing over two hundred dive sites - and includes a bit of sightseeing on those ‘drying out' days - or if the non-diving partner tags along. Of course, thse are warm-water dives - the temperate sites don't get a look in. The main countries are Australia, PNG, Solomons, Indonesia, Philippines;  and the Pacific islands, and Micronesia. Egypt and East Africa is included. The entries include diving conditions, and services available, including live-aboards. This is not a large ‘coffee-table' book; it is compact, 190 x 210 mm, yet is full colour throughout and well laid out. Includes ‘essential' dive-travel information - a very useful publication.
Softcover, 350 pages, maps.  $59.99
A Guide to their Captive Care, Breeding and Natural History.
Joyce D. Wilkerson
This is an extremely informative book if you want to get into the nitty-gritty of what makes Nemo tick. It has been written for aquarists wishing to raise the species, however because of its detailed content on breeding and natural history, its audience is far reaching, and includes the diver, underwater photographer and general observer. Likewise, the chapers on breeding and raising provide in-depth knowledge of the species that relates back to their natural habitat. Such an understanding provides the casual observer and underwater photographer with knowledge that enhances the enjoyment of appreciating these delightful fishes, be they in their natural habitat or as a bred species. 
Softcover, medium format, 240 pages, full colour throughout, many photographs and diagrams, index, bibliography, sources and contacts.
REEF LIFE - Natural History and Behaviors of Marine Fishes and Invertebrates.
D.N Tackett & L.Tackett.
Its all very well being able to identify your species, and there are surely an abundant number of fish and invertebrate identification books, but if you want to know more about the natural science of the marine world, this is an excellent book. "A must-have book for every diver, aquarist and underwater naturalist (and photogrpaher) who wants to ... understand what he or she is seeing on the coral reef or in the marine aquarium." I could not agree more. Chapters include reef explorations, reef origins, reef dwellers, near-reef habitats, living together, feeding, protection and fenense, masquerade, reproduction and a chapter on the disappearing reefs. Although mainly tropical species based, it is not entirely so. This is a well produced book, of A4 size, softcover, full colour throughout, 224 pages. 
Please note: Hardcover no longer available. Softcover $68.00. 
**Highly recommended**
AQUARIUM CORALS. Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History
Eric H. Borneman.
Although the book is written for those wishing to keep corals in an aquarium, this is one of the best book I have seen on the natural history of corals. And understandably so, for if you wish to keep corals in an habitat, you need to understand their natural life in some detail. It is also an excellent book as a means of identification, the greater part of the book being devoted to this. Other chapters cover the symbiotic relationship with algae, competition and reproduction, feeding, anatomy, taxonomy, and conservation. An excellent authorative book even if you have no intention to keep an aquarium. 
Hardcover, medium format 22- x 240 mm, 464 pages, full colour throughoput, index, extensive bibliography, glossary. 
Oceans Enterprises, 303 Commercial Road, Yarram, Vic 3971, Australia.