K-19 the Widowmaker: The Secret Story of The Soviet Nuclear Submarine by Peter A. Huchthausen, Peter Huchthausen |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
K-19 the Widowmaker: The Secret Story of The Soviet Nuclear Submarine

K-19 the Widowmaker: The Secret Story of The Soviet Nuclear Submarine

by Peter A. Huchthausen, Peter Huchthausen
     
 
The Soviet nuclear submarine K-19 was the pride of the Soviet Navy, but on July 4, 1961, during its maiden voyage to the North Atlantic for war games, it suddenly and unexpectedly developed a serious leak in one of the reactors. In a race against time, the officers and crew worked desperately and brilliantly, under intense exposure to radiation, to improvise a coolant

Overview

The Soviet nuclear submarine K-19 was the pride of the Soviet Navy, but on July 4, 1961, during its maiden voyage to the North Atlantic for war games, it suddenly and unexpectedly developed a serious leak in one of the reactors. In a race against time, the officers and crew worked desperately and brilliantly, under intense exposure to radiation, to improvise a coolant system, averting a Chernobyl-like nuclear disaster. The toll for their efforts was certain and devastating: Eight men died painful deaths from acute radiation poisoning within days of the accident, and the surviving crew returned home to await their unknowable fate.

Featuring a complete history of the actual events, with passages from the submarine captain's memoir, and rarely published historic images, K-19 places readers at the apex of the Cold War's brinkmanship between the USSR and the United States. It is the companion book to the upcoming National Geographic feature film about this gripping tragedy, K-19: The Widowmaker, starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson. Including information on the making of the film, with production stills, and cutaway drawings of the submarine, this powerful volume combines authoritative history and the magic of moviemaking to give the reader the real backstory to K-19.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
A companion to the feature film of the same name, K-19: The Widowmaker tells the hair-raising story of the Soviet submarine that nearly caused a nuclear meltdown in 1961. The sub developed a leak as it was heading toward the North Atlantic, and only the ingenious efforts of the crew eight of whom died within days from radiation poisoning staved off a global disaster. Author Peter Huchthausen, a retired U.S. Navy captain and former naval attach in Moscow (as well as a technical adviser on the film), recounts the fateful events and also describes the making of the film. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792264729
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
06/04/2002
Series:
National Geographic Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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