A Time to Die

A Time to Die

The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy

Book - 2003
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A real-life national security style thriller, rich in research and detail,A Time to Dieportrays the Kursk nuclear submarine disaster, with all the excitement, immediacy and dramatic action of bestsellers such asA Perfect StormandBlack Hawk Down. At 11:30 a.m. on August 12, 2000, two massive explosions shook the icy Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. The Kursk, one of the largest and most technologically advanced nuclear subs in the world, carrying a crew of 118 sailors, rapidly crashed to the ocean floor. Most of us still remember how the news of this terrible accident was reported around the world, and the agonizing tension of the days when the doomed crew waited for rescue, while the Russians seemed to be turning away all international offers of help -- until it was too late. Award-winning journalist Robert Moore has written a thrilling and authoritative investigative account of these events. Here are the stories of families desperate for answers, Russian officials, international rescue teams, and U.S. submarine crews monitoring the Kursk's movements. Moore not only recreates the terrifying final moments of the doomed submarine and its crew, but also explores what led up to the catastrophe, as well as the myriad issues raised by it. For example, readers will learn how the Cold War is still being waged beneath the world's oceans; the truth behind the Russian claims of a collision with an American ⊂ and how Russian leaders fiercely debated how to respond to the humiliating loss of the submarine. Above all, Moore uses empathy and understanding to tell us what went on below the depths and behind the scenes of a maritime tragedy.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Random House Canada, 2003, c2002.
ISBN: 9780679312024
0679312021
Branch Call Number: 359.9330947 Moo
Characteristics: 271 p. : ill., map.

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Apr 29, 2012

A Time to Die: the Untold Story of the Kurst Tragedy ----- by Robert Moore. This book has all the elements of a first class novel: it has good guys and bad guys; it has deception and stupidity; it is riveting and compelling; the story line is enough to make you anxious and at the same time angry with institutionalized red tape and ass=covering protocol. But this book is not a novel: all the outrageous events in the book are for real. The time is in the early 1990’s. Putin has just assumed the Russian throne. Only a few years earlier Gorbachev signed the USSR into oblivion. The economy of the former USSR has imploded. The former Soviet Socialist Republics have gone their separate ways. The economy is a shambles. Miners in the Far East are striking because they haven’t been paid in a year. On the Barent’s Sea, some members of the crews, not well paid at the best of times, have initiated action tol receive their back pay. The Russian nuclear fleets, once the pride of the USSR and capable of delivering nuclear anihilation to its enemies in the far reaches of the globe, have been allowed to rust into useless hulks, tied of at the docks of maqjor Soviet naval bases, destined for the scrapper's torch. The fleets are but a shadow of their former capabilities. But in spite of all this political neglect morale is still high and seamen, submariners in particular, carry out their duties with pride and dedication. During fleet manoeuvres, the Russian submarine the Kursk is met with tragedy as the propellant in one of her poorly maintained torpedoes explodes. After a subsequent and much larger explosion, 27 crewmen find themselves alive but trapped in one of the sub’s rear compartments. The rest of the book is of bungled attempts to rescue the rrapped drew using defective and abysmally maintaiuned Russian equipment; blaming the course of events on US skullduggery; and denial. Finally, after over a week, the Russians accept proffered western aid but by this time it is too late for the entombed Russian sailors. In so many ways, this book stands as an indictment of what has gone wrong in this Russia and in the USSR before it. This book is almost as spellbinding as anything written by Cussler and it is certainly a page-turning book that you will find difficult to put down.

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