Crazy Ivan

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No other U.S. Navy diver, photographer or spy has taken pictures of any Soviet submarine from as close proximity as did W. Craig Reed of the Soviet Victor III that almost ended his life. Crazy Ivan chronicles this true story, for the first time in print, and reveals intimate details about near-death underwater espionage missions once classified at the highest levels of Top Secret. "When I enlisted...I had no idea I would become a Navy diver assigned to nuclear fast attack submarines conducting underwater ...
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No other U.S. Navy diver, photographer or spy has taken pictures of any Soviet submarine from as close proximity as did W. Craig Reed of the Soviet Victor III that almost ended his life. Crazy Ivan chronicles this true story, for the first time in print, and reveals intimate details about near-death underwater espionage missions once classified at the highest levels of Top Secret. "When I enlisted...I had no idea I would become a Navy diver assigned to nuclear fast attack submarines conducting underwater espionage operations with U.S. Navy SEAL teams. I had no idea that I would accidentally become embroiled in a Top Secret Codeword program that would take me 400 feet down into the black, cold waters just off the coast of Soviet Russia, where sophisticated listening devices were strapped to a Soviet communications cable. I also had no idea that I would be called upon to take close-proximity espionage pictures of the Soviet's most lethal attack boat, resulting in one of the Cold War's most devastating collisions between a U.S. and Soviet submarine. A never-before revealed accident that nearly cost the lives of 130 sailors."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780595006137
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface ix
List of Contributors xi
Introduction xiii
Part I1
Chapter 1 Screwed 3
Chapter 2 Culture Shock 15
Chapter 3 Dirty Rats 33
Chapter 4 Fire One 49
Chapter 5 Signed, SEALed and Delivered 67
Chapter 6 Down Under 93
Chapter 7 Close Encounters 101
Part II111
Chapter 8 Dead Ringer 113
Chapter 9 The Hunt for Big Red in October 133
Chapter 10 To Air is Human 159
Epilogue 181
Conclusions 185
About the Author 235
Notes 237
Bibliography 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    Submarine history that is not only realistic, it's fun to read.

    I'm a former submarine sailor who made 8 three month patrols on nuclear powered Polaris submarines during the late from 1965 to 1970. I really enjoyed reading this book so much that I bought several extra copies to give to my kids and friends. I belong to a Submarine Veterans group and know others who also liked this book as much as I did and bought extra copies to give their families too. The father and son Reed team did an excellent job of portraying what life was like aboard a nuclear submarine while being submerged for long periods of time. The descriptions of once classified missions, alone makes the book a MUST READ. But, what I liked the most about the book was how 'day-to-day' life aboard a sub was told through conversions the author had with other sailors onboard. They also did a superb job of explaining acronyms and technology in plain English, which makes it very readable for folks who have never been aboard a submarine. Their writing style not only makes the book very interesting, it's often humorous (I laughed out loud so often that I woke up my wife). I highly recommend this book to anyone. It's not only a good story, it's true and it's history that is entertaining to read.

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