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A time to die : the untold story of the Kursk tragedy

by Moore, Robert.

Format: Print Book 2002
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A At 11:28 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2000, high in the Arctic Circle under the roiling surface of the unforgiving Barents Sea, Captain Gennady Lyachin was taking the Kursk, the pride of Russia's elite Northern Fleet, through the last steps of firing a practice torpedo, part of an elaborate naval exercise. Suddenly, the torpedo exploded in a massive ?reball, instantly incinerating all seven men in the submarine's forward compartment. The horror, however, was just beginning. The full, gripping story of the remarkable drama inside the Kursk and of the desperate rescue efforts has never been told--until now. InA Time to Die, a critically acclaimed best-seller in the United Kingdom, international reporter Robert Moore--who covered the Kursk tragedy from Russia as it happened--draws on exclusive access he obtained to top Russian military figures in telling the inside story of the disaster with the factual depth of the best journalism and the compelling moment-by-moment tension of a thriller. He takes us right down inside the Kursk as two massive explosions--the second measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale--rip through compartment after compartment. Bringing the horror of the explosions vividly to life, he details the agonizing drama of the twenty-three men who survived as they fight against time to be rescued. In a journalistic coup, Moore obtained secret access to the Kursk's highly restricted Arctic submarine base, and he makes the desolation of that forbidden world palpable on the page. As word of the tragedy breaks, he portrays the fear and growing rage of the families of the crew as they clamor for news of their loved ones and confront Vladimir Putin, Russia's newly elected president. Moore also vividly re-creates the nail-biting tension of the heroic but deeply flawed Russian rescue efforts as men are sent down again and again, aboard antiquated mini-subs, in perilous attempts to get to the survivors. As Western rescuers are at last called in, Moore richly describes the fascinating world of the offshore divers who drop everything to make one last, desperate attempt to reach the trapped submariners. A Time to Dieis a riveting, brilliantly researched account of the deadliest submarine disaster in history and its devastating human cost.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Moore's impressive account reveals the lengths to which the Russian navy went in trying to conceal the truth about the sinking of the submarine Kursk in 2000. After hope for the crew was relinquished, it emerged that two dozen sailors had survived the initial explosions that sent the warship to the bottom of the shallow Barents Sea, making all the more tragic the delays that beset the rescue operation. Whether the survivors could have been saved is impossible to say, but Moore's comprehensive narrative indicts the admirals' instinctual secrecy as a hindrance to requesting help from the world's tiny submarine-rescue community. This misplaced pride enraged relatives, as revealed in a surreptitious recording Moore describes of President Vladimir Putin trying to placate them. Moore's explanations of what caused the catastrophe (a defective torpedo) and of the rescue's difficulties are as lucid as his narrative is tense. Built largely from interviews with participants, Moore's story will hold readers rapt while giving a rare glimpse into the life of Russian submariners. ^-Gilbert Taylor"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Late in the morning of August 12, 2000, two massive explosions proved fatal to the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk. The destruction was caused by a torpedo leaking a highly volatile liquid, destroying the forward compartments of the doomed ship and killing most of its crew. Incredibly, 23 men remained alive and trapped in compartment number nine, located near the rear of the sub. Moore, chief U.S. correspondent for the British ITN News, whose book has already climbed onto bestseller lists overseas, will now reach an eager American readership with this gripping account of the Kursk's death. Russian officers at first delayed in searching for the sub, and then, when it was finally located a hundred meters below the icy waters of the Barents Sea, decided to try to rescue the survivors themselves, despite hopelessly antiquated technology. The Russians finally assented to international aid, and a team of British and Norwegian experts was finally assembled, with two ships anchored near the hulk of the Kursk, but the Russians again delayed while protocol was worked out. Finally, when the escape hatch was opened and a camera inserted, it was apparent that all survivors were dead. Moore, who interviewed families of some of the crew as well as anonymous naval officers, has compiled an hour-by-hour account of this tragedy, highlighting Russian bureaucratic delays, pride that prevented asking for help, and the desire of some officials to protect the nuclear secrets of the ship rather than concentrate on rescuing the crew. Moore also highlights the stormy reception given to Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin by families of the crew. The eventual salvage of the submarine and the removal of the bodies also makes compelling reading. Although some questions remain to be answered, Moore's incisive journalistic approach to the Kursk tragedy will remain the best English-language account of this event for some time. (Jan. 21) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Kursk (Submarine)
Russia (Federation). -- Voenno-Morskoi╠ć Flot -- Submarine forces.
Submarine disasters -- Russia (Federation)
Submarine disasters -- Barents Sea.
Publisher New York :Crown Publishers,2002
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 271 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
ISBN 0609610007 (Hardcover)
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