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Big Red: Inside the Secret World of a Trident Nuclear Submarineby Douglas C Waller
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The Cold War may be over, but nuclear submarines still lurk beneath the sea.
Taller in length than the Washington Monument, wider at its center than a three-lane highway, the 18,750-ton Trident nuclear submarine, with 24 strategic missiles and more than 120 nuclear warheads, is the most complex war machine the U.S. Navy has ever produced. This $1.8 billion marvel can sail deep beneath the ocean, undetected by enemies, for months.
Douglas C. Waller — bestselling author of The Commandos and veteran Time magazine correspondent — penetrates the silent, secret world of nuclear subs, taking you on a tension-packed three-month patrol under the Atlantic Ocean inside the USS Nebraska, fondly nicknamed Big Red. In chilling detail, witnessed through the eyes of the men on board and told in their own words, Big Red reveals the top-secret procedures for starting World War III, including secret codes, elaborate fail-safe mechanisms, and highly classified battle tactics for nuclear combat.
In Big Red veteran Time magazine correspondent Douglas C. Waller takes readers on a tension-packed, three-month patrol deep in the Atlantic ocean and inside the U.S.S. Nebraska, a Trident nuclear submarine, and one of the most complex war machines the U.S. Navy has ever produced. Granted more access to these awesome submarines than any journalist before, Waller penetrates one of the most secretive worlds in the U.S. military.
The Cold War may be over, but the U.S. Navy still has tridents lurking in the oceans, ready at a moment's notice to unleash a nuclear holocaust. In chilling detail, Big Red reveals the top-secret procedures for starting World War III — the secret codes, the elaborate failsafe mechanisms, and the highly classified battle tactics for nuclear combat.
This book takes readers into the closed society as a witness to secret rituals and life experiences where submariners, underwater for months, hope never to unleash the destructive power they command.
Veteran "Time" magazine correspondent Waller takes readers on a tension-packed, three-month patrol deep in the Atlantic ocean and inside the U.S.S. "Nebraska, " a Trident nuclear submarine, and one of the most complex war machines the U.S. Navy has ever produced. 16-page photo insert.
About the Author
Douglas Waller is a senior correspondent for Time, and before that was with Newsweek. He is the author or coauthor of six previous books, including the national bestseller Big Red, The Commandos, and Air Warriors. He lives in Annandale, Virginia, with his wife and has three children.
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