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I work in the maritime industry as well as touching the outskirts of the U.S. Navy now and again and recently met a couple of guys that had been on the heavy lift ship and indeed talked briefly about it but were not very descriptive. Another good book to read that touches on this is called Red November. The details of how all this came about is very fascinating, Norman Polmar in his style always creates and atmosphere of interest, excitement to keep you interested, and also a style that leaves you without a lot of questions. I think most Americans of my generation, baby boomers, have a fascination of Howard Hughes and as we look back on those decades of the 1950s and 1960s we wonder what else was going on back then that we have yet to hear about.
Although the book is short, it is packed with information not previously accessible to the public. As a fan of Cold War history I had read much about Azorian or "Project Jennifer" as it was known prior to 2010. Never in my dreams had I thought that my kids would eventualy see pictures of K-129's wreckage, much less myself. Norman Polmar, whose books are the best you can read on submarine history is an amazing author and does not dissapoint in this book (or in any of his others). The narrative of the people who actualy developed the Glomar and the Barge also makes for anamazing insight of the project. All in all a great read on an amazing chapter of Cold War history and one of my favorite books.