On March 7th, 1968, a Soviet nuclear armed submarine blew up and sank 400 miles off the coast of Hawaii, killing the entire crew and setting in motion one of the most gripping and bizarre series of events of the entire cold war.
In "Red Star Rogue", authors Kenneth Sewell and Clint Richmond assemble an impressive array of first hand evidence on an event that brought the world closer to nuclear armageddon than even the Cuban missile crisis, but which remains largely unknown. Despite being fact, "Red Star Rogue" reads like a thriller in the best traditions of Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy, and we learn, among many other fascinating details, the truth about what Howard Hughes' ship, the Glomar Explorer really recovered on its' top secret salvage mission to the wreck.
From Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev to George H.W. Bush and Howard Hughes, the list of major figures involved in both the plot behind the subs' loss and the program to recover it reads like a "who's who" of the political world of the 1960s and 1970s.
Kenneth Sewell is a U.S. Navy veteran and nuclear engineer who spent 5 years aboard the fast attack submarine USS Parche, the U.S. Navys' most decorated ship. A holder of security clearances at both the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy,Mr Sewell had access to recently declassified intelligence files in both the U.S. and Soviet military archives.
Clint Richmond is a veteran journalist based in Austin, Texas and is the author of the #1 best seller "Selena!", about the murder of the legendary Tejana singer.
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One of the great secrets of the Cold War, hidden for decades, is revealed at last. Early in 1968, a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine sank in the waters off Hawaii, hundreds of miles closer to American shores than it should have been. Compelling evidence strongly suggests that the sub sank while attempting to fire a nuclear missile.
We now know that the Soviets had lost track of the sub; it had become a rogue. The Nixon administration launched a clandestine, half-billion-dollar project to recover the sunken K-129. The successful recovery effort helped forge new relations between the US and the Soviets, even as it revealed a treacherous plan to provoke war between the US and China—a plan that, had it succeeded, would have had devastating consequences.