Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo

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Penguin, Dec 3, 2013 - History - 448 pages
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“I devoured Act of War the way I did Flyboys, Flags of our Fathers and Lost in Shangri-la.” —Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In 1968, the small, dilapidated American spy ship USS Pueblo set out to pinpoint military radar stations along the coast of North Korea. Though packed with advanced electronic-surveillance equipment and classified intelligence documents, its crew, led by ex–submarine officer Pete Bucher, was made up mostly of untested young sailors.

On a frigid January morning, the Pueblo was challenged by a North Korean gunboat. When Bucher tried to escape, his ship was quickly surrounded by more boats, shelled and machine-gunned, forced to surrender, and taken prisoner. Less than forty-eight hours before the Pueblo’s capture, North Korean commandos had nearly succeeded in assassinating South Korea’s president. The two explosive incidents pushed Cold War tensions toward a flashpoint.

Based on extensive interviews and numerous government documents released through the Freedom of Information Act, Act of War tells the riveting saga of Bucher and his men as they struggled to survive merciless torture and horrendous living conditions set against the backdrop of an international powder keg.
 

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Review: Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo

User Review  - John Jacobsen - Goodreads

Clearly written by an "author" with a political agenda. One of the worst "historical" books I have ever read. Read full review

Review: Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo

User Review  - Curtis Edmonds - Goodreads

ACT OF WAR is a thorough analysis of the USS PUEBLO crisis of 1968. Often overlooked because of its proximity to the other events of that year, the seizure of the USS PUEBLO on the high seas by the ... Read full review

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Contents

TITLEPAGE
CHAPTER 2DONT START AWAR OUT THERE CAPTAIN
SUMMER OF DEFIANCE
CHAPTER 12AN UNAPOLOGETIC APOLOGY
PHOTOGRAPHS
INDEX
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

Jack Cheevers is a former political reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

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