The Taking of K-129

The Taking of K-129

How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal A Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History

Large Print - 2017
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An incredible true tale of espionage and engineering set at the height of the Cold War-- a mix between The Hunt for Red October and Argo-- about how the CIA, the U.S. Navy, and America's most eccentric mogul spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal the nuclear-armed Soviet submarine K-129 after it had sunk to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean; all while the Russians were watching.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition.
ISBN: 9780525501534
Branch Call Number: 909.828 D345
Characteristics: large print
694 pages (large print) : illustration ; 24 cm


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Dec 06, 2017

Title misleading--sub never recovered; only pieces. Major flaw in book is that the costs of project had to be unreal but at no time is there a ledger showing costs for government agencies or contractors of which there were many.

Book would benefit from a glossary of people's names and initials used to reference various organizations.

Richard Milbrodt

Oct 10, 2017

I found this to be a very enjoyable non-fiction read. Josh Dean turns a real-life event into a thriller. He gives a good description of management styles in a vast government/private industry project. He goes into a little of history to develop the relationships between managers who had worked together on previous projects and how that benefited their current challenge. It also goes into depth about security measures in a project highly critical during the cold war.


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