Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

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9781441752673: Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the Cold War. Now, in this riveting new history, W. Craig Reed provides an eye-opening, pulse-pounding account of the underwater struggles between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. that brought us to the brink of nuclear war more than once. Red November is filled with hair-raising, ''behind-the-scenes'' stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War. In-depth interviews with government officials on both sides, navy divers, and more illuminate the most daring missions of the war. Transcending traditional Cold War accounts, Red November is an up-close examination of one of the most dangerous times in history and an intimate look at those who participated in our country's longest and most expensive underwater war.

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The world came close to annihilation during the Cold War—a sobering fact known to few besides the warriors engaged in the forty-six-year conflict. In this riveting new history, former U.S. Navy diver and fast-attack submariner W. Craig Reed provides a thrilling narrative of the tense underwater dramas and covert espionage operations that brought the United States and the former U.S.S.R. to the brink of nuclear war on several occasions.

Riveting and eye-opening, Red November offers an intimate look at the lives of those who participated in our country’s longest, most expensive underwater war during one of the most dangerous eras in world history. Reed provides never-before-revealed details about some of the most dramatic episodes of the secret conflict—from the harrowing underwater cat-and-mouse chase in October 1962 that almost kicked off World War III to the desperate hours when the USS Seawolf sat grounded by engine failure at the bottom of the sea during an espionage mission in Soviet waters.

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W. CRAIG REED served as a U.S. Navy reconnaissance diver, submarine-weapons technician, and special-operations 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, he is now a partner in a technology marketing-consulting firm and lives in Silicon Valley, California.

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