By Jack Cheevers
In 1968, a small, dilapidated American undercover agent send set out on a deadly project: to pinpoint army radar stations alongside the coast of North Korea. choked with complex electronic-surveillance gear and categorised intelligence files, the USS Pueblo used to be 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, was once made up quite often of untested sailors of their youth and twenties.
On a frigid January morning whereas eavesdropping close to the port of Wonsan, the Pueblo was once challenged by way of a North Korean gunboat. whilst Bucher attempted to flee, his send was once speedy surrounded via 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 by means of one of many world?™s so much competitive and erratic totalitarian regimes.
Less than forty-eight hours earlier 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 airplane to augment South Korea, whereas secretly attempting to negotiate a calm option 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 accordance with vast interviews and various executive records published throughout the Freedom of knowledge Act, this publication additionally finds new information 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 persistence opposed to the backdrop of a world diplomatic poker video game, Act of warfare deals classes at the perils of covert intelligence operations as the US reveals itself confronting a bunch of twenty-first-century enemies.
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