Kursk: Putin's First Crisis and the Russian Navy's Darkest Hour
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The acclaimed and harrowing story of the fate of Russia’s most powerful submarine – now with new material from the author.
At 11.28 a.m. on Saturday, 12 August 2000, a massive and mysterious blast punched through the shallow Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. 135 seconds later, another colossal explosion was detected by seismologists around the globe. The Kursk, pride of Russia’s Northern Fleet and the largest attack submarine in the world, was plunging to the ocean floor, fatally wounded.
In Kursk, award-winning television journalist Robert Moore vividly recreates this disaster minute by minute. Venturing into a covert world where the Cold War continues out of sight, Moore investigates the military and political background to the tragedy. But above all, he tells the nail-bitingly poignant human story of the families waiting on shore, of the desperate efforts of the British, Norwegian and Russian rescuers, and of the twenty-three sailors, trapped in the aft compartment of the stricken submarine, waiting for rescue, as a horrified world followed their fight to stay alive…
‘It takes you through each nail biting moment, willing it to turn out differently. Heartbreaking, humane and, at times, all too vivid. I’ve rarely read such a gripping work of non-fiction’
‘The Kursk was once the pride of the Russian navy and a symbol of state power… her story, harrowingly detailed… stands as a testament to the bravery and loyalty of men to a nation that failed them’
Orlando Figes, The Times
A revised and updated edition of the book previously published as A TIME TO DIE.