By Robert Moore
Ona quiet Saturday morning in August 2000, explosions--one so monstrous it was once detected through seismologists round the world--shot throughout the shallow Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. Russia's prized submarine, the Kursk, started her deadly plunge to the sea ground. Award-winning journalist Robert Moore offers a riveting, brilliantly researched account of the deadliest submarine catastrophe in heritage. trip down into the center of the Kursk to witness the final hours of the twenty-three younger males who survived the preliminary blasts. stopover at the hugely limited Arctic submarine base to which Moore acquired mystery admission, the place the households of the staff clamored for information in their household. Drawing on particular entry to best Russian army ?gures, Moore tells the interior tale of the Kursk catastrophe with authentic intensity and the compelling moment-by-moment stress of a thriller.From the exchange Paperback edition.
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