The Taking of K-129

The Taking of K-129 : The Most Daring Covert Operation in History

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In late February, 1968, a Russian submarine, holding a battery of three ballistic missiles with enough nuclear material to create an explosion 50 times greater than Hiroshima, disappeared in the Pacific Ocean. The Soviet Navy used ships, subs and planes in an enormous search of open ocean, in stormy seas, where the depth ranged up to 18,000 feet. But they were looking in the wrong place.

The US Navy, meanwhile, had been watching. Intelligence officials knew the sub had been lost and they began a secret operation to find it first. But once they found it, they somehow needed to retrieve it from the ocean floor. The CIA enrolled reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and commissioned the most expensive ship ever built, a technological marvel that the public was told was to mine rare minerals from the ocean floor.

So began an incredible top-secret operation that took six years, and would become the largest and most expensive covert operation in history. Its name: Project Azorian. Its objective: the taking of submarine K-129.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 37mm | 357g
  • Chalford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1445683849
  • 9781445683843
  • 72,097

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`From the depths of the Pacific and the depths of CIA covert operations comes an absorbing tale of daring engineers and shadowy espionage. A terrific read.' -- David E. Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of The Billion Dollar Spy `A riveting account of the American intelligence community. Told in fascinating detail, The Taking of K-129 is nonfiction at its best because with every page I had to remind myself this actually happened.' -- Kevin Maurer, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller No Easy Day `Josh Dean has a gift for unearthing remarkable stories lost to history, and in The Taking of K-129 he has uncovered perhaps the most remarkable one of all - a story replete with spies and engineering marvels and a secret drama unfolding thousands of feet beneath the sea. Brilliantly researched and beautifully written, this is a book you can't put down.' -- David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon `As a former submariner and navy diver, I give Josh Dean an A+ for The Taking of K-129. This non-fiction account of one of the most dangerous and daring missions of the Cold War is well-researched and reads like a Tom Clancy thriller.' -- W. Craig Reed, bestselling author of Red November `If you've been hungry for a submarine tale in the league of The Hunt For Red October, but subscribe to the belief that the truth is stranger than fiction, you'll devour The Taking of K-129, an epic befitting the top shelf of espionage and military reads. Prepare for impact - you won't be able to put this one down.' -- Eric Blehm, bestselling author of Fearless and The Only Thing Worth Dying For
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About Josh Dean

Josh Dean has written for dozens of national magazines including Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Men's Health and Cosmopolitan, and is a former editor at various magazines, most recently Men's Journal, where he was deputy editor. He is also one of the founding editors of PLAY, the New York Times Sports Magazine, and worked on it until it was discontinued in 2008.
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794 ratings
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4 40% (321)
3 16% (126)
2 3% (20)
1 1% (4)
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