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Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, forty-six-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades their work has remained shrouded in secrecy. Now, in this riveting new history, W. Craig Reed, a former U.S. Navy diver and fast-attack submariner, provides an eye-opening, pulse-pounding narrative of the underwater struggles and espionage operations between the United States and the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics that brought us to the brink of nuclear war several times.

Red November is filled with new revelations and never-before-reported stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action during the entire Cold War period from 1945 through 1992. Reed served aboard submarines involved in espionage operations, and his father was a top naval intelligence specialist intimately involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Reed is one of the first authors to obtain in-depth interviews with dozens of navy divers, espionage operatives, submariners, and government officials on both sides (including several Soviet submarine captains), who describe the most daring and decorated missions of the conflict, including the top-secret Ivy Bells, Boresight, Bulls Eye, and Holystone operations. Other events, whose full details have not been made public until now, include:

  • The harrowing underwater cat-and-mouse chase in October 1962 that almost resulted in the firing of nuclear-tipped torpedoes by Soviet Foxtrot subs and could have started World War III
  • The alarming collision between the submarine USS Drum and a Soviet Victor III-class sub (an incident the author experienced firsthand), the American boat's remarkable escape, and the all-out effort by enemy forces to hunt her down in 1981
  • The role the author's father played in developing a highly classified, state-of-the-art system for detecting enemy subs that was instrumental in helping President Kennedy force Premier Khrushchev to back down at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • And the storm and resulting engine failure that trapped the USS Seawolf on the sea bottom during an espionage mission in Soviet waters that nearly took the lives of 190 sailors in 1981

Transcending traditional submarine, espionage, and Cold War accounts with its level of detail and first-person perspective, Red November is an up-close examination of one of the most dangerous periods in world history and an intimate look at the lives of those who participated in our country's longest and most expensive underwater war.

Review:

"Reed's personal experience as a navy recon diver, submarine weapons technician, and special ops photographer informs every page of this exhaustive and fascinating account of submarine technology and warfare from the end of WWII through the cold war. The author's father, William J. Reed, a navy communications specialist, helped develop the hardware that made possible long distance frequency direction finding that allowed listening stations to pinpoint the far away locations of ships or submarines. These HFDF stations, called 'Huff Duffs,' were instrumental in the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Reed presents a vast cast of interesting characters and a daunting array of scientific technology, but manages to keep the material understandable, fresh, and exciting as befits a book devoted to the underwater world of high stakes submarine warfare. Decades-long gag orders keep participants from revealing really up-to-date secrets, though it's chilling to learn that from 1995 to 2005 the Chinese navy has launched 31 nuclear submarines." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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"This history of the cold war beneath the sea reads very much like a thriller....For serious submarine buffs, a feast." Booklist

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"Red November is a terrific, real-life thriller, filled with larger than life warriors, technological wizardry, undersea games of chicken, and a civilian world perched unknowing on the brink of push-button nuclear destruction." Barry Eisler, author of Fault Line

Review:

"If Tom Clancy had turned The Hunt for Red October into a nonfiction thriller, W. Craig Reed's Red November might be the result....Not to be missed!" James Rollins, bestselling author of The Doomsday Key

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"Red November delivers the real life feel and fears of submariners who risked their lives to keep the peace. Smart, detailed, and highly entertaining, this is a story everyone should read." Steve Berry, author of The Paris Vendetta

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"Red November is palpably gripping and packs the excitement of a real-life thriller. I felt like I was literally on-board a submarine in the middle of a hair-raising mission and on the brink of World War III." David Morrell, bestselling author of The Shimmer

Review:

"This is an astonishing and important book....Red November is a book that anyone with an interest in espionage or clandestine naval operations should read." George Friedman, author of America's Secret War and The Next 100 Years

Book News Annotation:

Reed, a former US naval diver and submariner, interviewed over 200 navy divers, espionage operatives, submariners, and government officials regarding their most exciting Cold War missions. The result is a non-fiction narrative thriller which will appeal to naval history enthusiasts and Tom Clancy fans. Special operations such as the code named, Ivy Bells, Boresight, Bulls Eye, and Holystone, are recounted, as well as an incident involving a collision between Reed's submarine and a Soviet Victor III-class submarine which left the author and his crew mates endangered and pursued. Details of espionage missions long classified are revealed in this work. The volume contains two sections of photographs, one in color, as well as information on interviewees and other sources. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A former navy diver and fast-attack submariner provides a riveting portrayal of the secret underwater struggle between the U.S. and the USSR, and reveals previously undisclosed details about the most dangerous, daring, and decorated missions of the Cold War.

Synopsis:

Red November delivers the real life feel and fears of submariners who risked their lives to keep the peace.”
 —Steve Berry, author of The Paris Vendetta


W. Craig Reed, a former navy diver and fast-attack submariner, provides a riveting portrayal of the secret underwater struggle between the US and the USSR in Red November. A spellbinding  true-life adventure in the bestselling tradition of Blind Mans Bluff, it reveals previously undisclosed details about the most dangerous, daring, and decorated missions of the Cold War, earning raves from New York Times bestselling authors David Morrell, who calls it, “palpably gripping,” and James Rollins, who says, “If Tom Clancy had turned The Hunt for Red October into a nonfiction thriller, Red November might be the result.”

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About the Author

W. Craig Reed served as a U.S. Navy recon diver, submarine weapons technician, and special ops photographer deployed on nuclear fast-attack submarines. He earned commendations for completing top-secret operations during the Cold War and is an alumnus or member of several military, veteran, and technology associations. Born into a navy family on the island of Guam, Reed is now a partner in a technology marketing consulting firm and lives in Silicon Valley, California.

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Grady Harp, October 1, 2010 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
Re-Visiting the Cold War Era

RED NOVEMBER has garnered both praise and criticism - praise as a source book to learn more about how the military managed the Cold War between the USSR and the USA from 1945 to 1992 and how much of what was happening was secret and withheld from the public, and criticism of the phrasing of the 'facts' presented in this thorough and well-documented volume. For this reader, having been part of the military action (Vietnam) that surfaced as a parcel of the 'threat of Communism', this novel, written by W. Craig Reed who likewise served in the military as a submarine weapons technician and special ops photographer from a first person account, reads more like a finely tuned thriller about espionage and the secrets that none of us knew as to how close we all came to nuclear annihilation.

Reed writes well, his approach to the information shared in this book is mixed with just the right amount of soldier life and tales that provide respite form the intrigue that fills nearly every page. Another aspect of his writing that is positive is the choice to separate paragraphs by enough space to suggest the duplicity of action taking place: for example, while describing in detail what was happening in the naval maneuvers during the Cuban missile crisis he adds what Kennedy et al were thinking and saying at each stage of that terrifying threat. It works very well - very much like a screenplay written so that the viewer can get both sides of the incidents as they happen.

Reed includes a good number of photographs, in both black and white and in color, of submarines inside and out, and some of the heroes behind the scenes - including his own father William J. Reed who was a central figure in decoding and designing submarine signals. The information reported in this book includes conversations Reed has discovered, or heard, or took part in, and this first hand account of incidents raises the terror level of discovering just how close we have come to nuclear war. Perhaps not all the data is 100% accurate: it is doubtful that any historical data is perfect. That is not to say that Reed does not captures the tenor and the terror of working in the submarine units, below water, out of sight, that gives this book the flavor of a fine novel or motion picture. We are fortunate to have this information to keep the future possibilities of the missteps of war always in the front of our minds.

Grady Harp
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061806766
Subtitle:
Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War
Author:
Reed, W. Craig
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Military-Naval History
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100504
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 20.72 oz

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Product details 400 pages William Morrow & Company - English 9780061806766 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Reed's personal experience as a navy recon diver, submarine weapons technician, and special ops photographer informs every page of this exhaustive and fascinating account of submarine technology and warfare from the end of WWII through the cold war. The author's father, William J. Reed, a navy communications specialist, helped develop the hardware that made possible long distance frequency direction finding that allowed listening stations to pinpoint the far away locations of ships or submarines. These HFDF stations, called 'Huff Duffs,' were instrumental in the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Reed presents a vast cast of interesting characters and a daunting array of scientific technology, but manages to keep the material understandable, fresh, and exciting as befits a book devoted to the underwater world of high stakes submarine warfare. Decades-long gag orders keep participants from revealing really up-to-date secrets, though it's chilling to learn that from 1995 to 2005 the Chinese navy has launched 31 nuclear submarines." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "This history of the cold war beneath the sea reads very much like a thriller....For serious submarine buffs, a feast."
"Review" by , "Red November is a terrific, real-life thriller, filled with larger than life warriors, technological wizardry, undersea games of chicken, and a civilian world perched unknowing on the brink of push-button nuclear destruction."
"Review" by , "If Tom Clancy had turned The Hunt for Red October into a nonfiction thriller, W. Craig Reed's Red November might be the result....Not to be missed!"
"Review" by , "Red November delivers the real life feel and fears of submariners who risked their lives to keep the peace. Smart, detailed, and highly entertaining, this is a story everyone should read."
"Review" by , "Red November is palpably gripping and packs the excitement of a real-life thriller. I felt like I was literally on-board a submarine in the middle of a hair-raising mission and on the brink of World War III."
"Review" by , "This is an astonishing and important book....Red November is a book that anyone with an interest in espionage or clandestine naval operations should read."
"Synopsis" by , A former navy diver and fast-attack submariner provides a riveting portrayal of the secret underwater struggle between the U.S. and the USSR, and reveals previously undisclosed details about the most dangerous, daring, and decorated missions of the Cold War.
"Synopsis" by ,

Red November delivers the real life feel and fears of submariners who risked their lives to keep the peace.”
 —Steve Berry, author of The Paris Vendetta


W. Craig Reed, a former navy diver and fast-attack submariner, provides a riveting portrayal of the secret underwater struggle between the US and the USSR in Red November. A spellbinding  true-life adventure in the bestselling tradition of Blind Mans Bluff, it reveals previously undisclosed details about the most dangerous, daring, and decorated missions of the Cold War, earning raves from New York Times bestselling authors David Morrell, who calls it, “palpably gripping,” and James Rollins, who says, “If Tom Clancy had turned The Hunt for Red October into a nonfiction thriller, Red November might be the result.”

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