Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Book Review:: Rising Tide, The untold Story of the Russian Submarines That fought the cold war. Gary E. Wier, Walter J. Boyne
I've become quite interested in the Cold War. There are some great examples of how the West and Eastern country's pushed each other on technologically. Submarine warfare is one good example of this.
The Russian built machines that could dive deeper, go faster, run longer. Yet had the reliability of Lada car which we had in Australia for a few years and where renowned for been terrible.
You have to admire the men that lived and worked in these machines which duelled with the Americans. Working for hardly nothing, risking and often loosing their lives. A number of times sacrificing their lives to save their comrades.
K19 is a great example of this. 'Hiroshima' as it was nicknamed by the Russian sailors because of the lives lost because of nuclear accidents on-board.
It is strange reading this book, knowing that this stuff really happened. It puts a new perspective on the submarine genre of movie. Hunt for Red October etc.
Well written and full of amazing stories; worth reading.