Papa Topside: The Sealab Chronicles of Capt. George F. Bond, USN (Paperback)
This is a candid, personal record of Sealabs I, II, and III, and the FISSH experiment, the finale of Bond's career. The picture that emerges is one of a brilliant, larger-than-life figure who, though often difficult to get along with, earned the respect and affection of his peers.
The book draws on the editor's interviews with Bond's fellow researchers and divers, editor Helen Siiteri as well as Bond's daily logs and correspondence. Always frank and to the point, he describes his frustrations with the Navy brass, his friendly competition with Jacques Cousteau, and his spirited relationship with aquanaut/astronaut Scott Carpenter. As the only full-length book written about U.S. aquanauts and their undersea exploits, it is an important historical document. It is also an entertaining read.