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  • The Taking of K-129

  • How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History
  • Auteur(s): Josh Dean
  • Narrateur(s): Neil Hellegers
  • Durée: 15 h et 47 min
  • Version intégrale Livre audio
  • Catégories: Sciences sociales et politiques, Politique
  • 4,6 out of 5 stars (14 évaluations)

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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 US 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. 

In the early hours of February 25, 1968, a Russian submarine armed with three nuclear ballistic missiles set sail from its base in Siberia on a routine combat patrol to Hawaii. Then it vanished. 

As the Soviet navy searched in vain for the lost vessel, a small, highly classified American operation using sophisticated deep-sea spy equipment found it - wrecked on the sea floor at a depth of 16,800 feet, far beyond the capabilities of any salvage that existed. But the potential intelligence assets onboard the ship - the nuclear warheads, battle orders, and cryptological machines - justified going to extreme lengths to find a way to raise the submarine. 

So began Project Azorian, a top-secret mission that took six years, cost an estimated $800 million, and would become the largest and most daring covert operation in CIA history. 

After the US Navy declared retrieving the sub "impossible", the mission fell to the CIA's burgeoning Directorate of Science and Technology, the little-known division responsible for the legendary U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes. Working with Global Marine Systems, the country's foremost maker of exotic, deep-sea drilling vessels, the CIA commissioned the most expensive ship ever built and told the world that it belonged to the reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, who would use the mammoth ship to mine rare minerals from the ocean floor. In reality, a complex network of spies, scientists, and politicians attempted a project even crazier than Hughes' reputation: raising the sub directly under the watchful eyes of the Russians. 

The Taking of K-129 is a riveting, almost unbelievable true-life tale of military history, engineering genius, and high-stakes spy craft set during the height of the Cold War, when nuclear annihilation was a constant fear and the opportunity to gain even the slightest advantage over your enemy was worth massive risk. 

©2017 Josh Dean (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

“It’s a complicated affair, but Dean relates it simply and completely. From undersea searches to maritime architecture to spy agency intrigue, the author excels at making complex operations understandable to the layman… The Taking of K-129 is a worthwhile addition to the shelves of military history buffs, nautical enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys a well-told story.” (USA Today)

 “The stellar research Dean uses to tell this captivating tale includes declassified primary documents, personal journals, and autobiographies...Recommended for fans of naval history, marine engineering, ocean mining, and spy stories.” (Library Journal)

“Josh Dean has a gift for unearthing remarkable stories lost to history, and in The Taking of K-129 he has uncovered perhaps the most remarkable one of all - a story replete with spies and engineering marvels and a secret drama unfolding thousands of feet beneath the sea. Brilliantly researched and beautifully written, this is a book you can't put down.” (David Grann, New York Times best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon)

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Great piece of Cold War history.

A superbly written & researched account of one of the most daring projects in Cold War history. To say the United States won the Cold War by outspending the USSR is an oversimplification. The United States out-engineered the USSR & this project, with it's associated side projects, is an example of just that. It's part history, part technical with equal amounts of swashbuckling pirate tale.

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Ripping Yarn About Missile Subs and Howard Hughes

This is a kick-ass, ripping yarn. If you're interested in Space Age engineering, nuclear submarines, the Cold War, CIA subterfuge, Howard Hughes, undersea manganese mining and the malaise of the post-Nixon White House, this is the book for you.

Neil Hellgers' performance is entertaining and accessible. The only drawback to getting the Audiobook is that there are no diagrams, so I also purchased the Kindle version of the book, too.

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  • J
  • 2017-11-21

must read for any cold war junkie

Great detail and story. I now have to re read the hunt for red October.

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  • Ben Newman
  • 2017-11-21

One of the great stories in history

this is a really good luck at an interesting chapter in American history. the effort to raise the sub was truly massive and this look at it explore parts of the story the history channels special left out.

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  • Turbo1466
  • 2017-11-13

Great Story, amazing

This is an amazing story. This is what exceptional American’s can do when needed. Thanks to all who help protect us and have to keep secrets and make huge sacrifices.

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  • George Allen
  • 2017-11-04

Epic!

Best book I've listened to in a long, long time.
Right up my alley, suspenseful, CIA, amazing engineering and technology, military.... this book has it all.

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  • Phil
  • 2017-11-02

Excellent

Loved this book Very well researched, good tech content excellent narration. Highly recommend to history buffs

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  • MarkG
  • 2017-10-14

Enjoyed it very much.

Fascinating story that filled in allot of details beyond the documentary video about project Azorian I had already seen.

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  • Bill Bone
  • 2017-10-08

Good Cold War history

At first you think you know all you need to know just by reading the title-but trust me you don't. Josh Dean does a meticulous job of presenting the details in storybook fashion which holds interest. Early on every reader of a certain age who lives through the Cold War and those too young to know or remember will be fascinated by all of the conflicts and confusion and moral uncertainty that are the hallmarks of this time in American history.

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  • TCT
  • 2018-04-13

Project Azorian and K-129

Excellent book - one of several I’ve read on the topic of K-129 and Project Azorian. This focuses more on the engineering feat than why K-129 ended up at the bottom of the Pacific. Great discussion of the CIA, Global Marine and Howard Hughes.

Highly recommend for those interested in Project Azorian and K-129.

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  • Jim Levings
  • 2017-11-14

Great Story All the Way Around

I had always heard about the Glomar Explorer but really had no idea what actually happened. This book reads like a Tom Clancy novel. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-28

Very Interesting Read

This book takes a deep dive into the most audacious intelligence operation of the Cold War. The detail is impressive and the writing keeps you wanting more. I really enjoyed this story.

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  • Peter Scheffler
  • 2018-12-13

A real spy story for engineering geeks!

This is a phenomenal story of an incredible engineering feat hidden in plain sight by some pretty Willy folks! Josh Dean authors an amazing story that’s captivating and interesting throughout.

Dean’s personal touch comes through in the words in the story, adding tension and urgency - even if you know the outcome.

Well read as well by Neil Hellegers, his pace and voice make it easy to listen and follow along.

Can’t recommend this one enough.

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