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It was the most spectacular display of brinkmanship in the Cold War era. In October 1962, President Kennedy risked inciting a nuclear war to prevent the Soviet Union from establishing missile bases in Cuba. The risk, however, was far greater than Kennedy realized.
October Fury uncovers startling new information about the Cuban missile crisis and the potentially calamitous confrontation between US Navy destroyers and Soviet submarines in the Atlantic. Peter Huchthausen, who served as a junior ensign aboard one of the destroyers, reveals that a single shot fired by any US warship could have led to an immediate nuclear response from the Soviet submarines.
This riveting account re-creates those desperate days of confrontation from both the American and Russian points of view and discloses detailed information about Soviet operational plans and the secret orders given to submarine commanders. It provides an engrossing, behind-the-scenes look at the technical and tactical functions of two great navies along with stunning portraits of the officers and sailors on both sides who were determined to do their duty even in the most extreme circumstances.
As absorbing and detailed as a Tom Clancy novel, this real-life suspense thriller is destined to become a classic of naval literature.
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By Amazon Customer on 10-01-14
Not quite what I expected
This book turned out to be more about the Russian submarines and the US navy trailing them during the crisis then about the Crisis itself.. Lots of detail about life aboard those subs and you quickly find that those Russians were not in an enviable position. Terrible conditions with very little information from their Government about what was going on. But, these subs carried nuclear missiles and they could fire them with out an OK from Moscow if conditions were right. Grover Gardner was good for this book, he does his usual good narration. It was a good book, just not what I expected.
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