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Red Star Rogue: The Untold Story of a Soviet Submarine's Nuclear Strike Attempt on the U.S.

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One of the great secrets of the Cold War, hidden for decades, is revealed at last.

Early in 1968 a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine sank in the waters off Hawaii, hundreds of miles closer to American shores than it should have been. Compelling evidence, assembled here for the first time, strongly suggests that the sub, K-129, sank while attempting to fire a nuclear missile, most likely at the naval base at Pearl Harbor.

We now know that the Soviets had lost track of the sub; it had become a rogue. While the Soviets searched in vain for the boat, U.S. intelligence was able to pinpoint the site of the disaster. The new Nixon administration launched a clandestine, half-billion-dollar project to recover the sunken K-129. Contrary to years of deliberately misleading reports, the recovery operation was a great success. With the recovery of the sub, it became clear that the rogue was attempting to mimic a Chinese submarine, almost certainly with the intention of provoking a war between the U.S. and China. This was a carefully planned operation that, had it succeeded, would have had devastating consequences. During the successful recovery effort, the U.S. forged new relationships with the USSR and China. Could the information gleaned from the sunken sub have been a decisive factor shaping the new policies of detente between the Americans and the Soviets, and opening China to the West? And who in the USSR could have planned such a bold and potentially catastrophic operation?

Red Star Rogue reads like something straight out of a Tom Clancy novel, but it is all true. Today our greatest fear is that terrorists may someday acquire a nuclear weapon and use it against us. In fact, they have already tried.

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Foreword

Prologue

Part One: The Incident

Part Two: The Intelligence

Part Three: The Cover-Up

Epilogue

Notes

Index

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Charlie Branch, July 3, 2010 (view all comments by Charlie Branch)
An intriguing read, best accompanied by "Scorpion Down" and "Blind Man's Bluff" for a trilogy on Cold War submarine operations. The story of US deception and Howard Hughes' Glomar Explorer/Challenger ships being involved was fascinating since I lived on Oahu during that time, and recall the newspaper stories on the presence of such a hard-to-ignore large ship in the area.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743261128
Subtitle:
The Untold Story of a Soviet Submarine's Nuclear Strike Attempt on the U.S
Author:
Kenneth Sewell and Clint Richmond
With:
Richmond, Clint
Author:
Clint Richmond
Author:
Sewell, Kenneth
Author:
Richmond, Clint
Author:
Kenneth Sewell
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
History
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Military - Nuclear Warfare
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
Espionage, American
Subject:
History-Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
History : Military - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2005
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.84x6.50x1.14 in. 1.13 lbs.

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