By Jack Cheevers
In 1968, a small, dilapidated American undercover agent send set out on a deadly undertaking: to pinpoint army radar stations alongside the coast of North Korea. full of complex electronic-surveillance gear and categorized intelligence files, the USS Pueblo was once poorly armed and lacked backup via air or sea. Its workforce, led by way of a charismatic, hard-drinking ex?"submarine officer named Pete Bucher, used to be made up usually of untested sailors of their kids and twenties.
On a frigid January morning whereas eavesdropping close to the port of Wonsan, the Pueblo was once challenged via a North Korean gunboat. whilst Bucher attempted to flee, his send was once fast surrounded by way of extra patrol boats, shelled and machine-gunned, and compelled to give up. One American was once killed and ten wounded, and Bucher and his younger team have been taken prisoner via one of many world?™s so much competitive and erratic totalitarian regimes.
Less than forty-eight hours sooner than the Pueblo?™s seize, North Korean commandos had approximately succeeded in assassinating South Korea?™s president in downtown Seoul. jointly, the 2 explosive incidents driven chilly battle tensions towards a flashpoint as either North and South Korea girded for war?"with fifty thousand American infantrymen stuck among them. President Lyndon Johnson rushed U.S. strive against ships and plane to augment South Korea, whereas secretly attempting to negotiate a relaxed technique to the crisis.
Act of battle tells the riveting saga of Bucher and his males as they struggled to outlive cruel torture and horrendous dwelling stipulations in North Korean prisons. in response to wide interviews and diverse executive records published in the course of the Freedom of data Act, this booklet additionally unearths new info of Johnson?™s high-risk gambit to avoid struggle from erupting at the Korean peninsula whereas his negotiators desperately attempted to avoid wasting the sailors from attainable execution. A dramatic story of human patience opposed to the backdrop of a global diplomatic poker online game, Act of battle deals classes at the perils of covert intelligence operations as the USA unearths itself confronting a number of twenty-first-century enemies.
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Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo by Jack Cheevers