A time to die: the Kursk disaster

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Doubleday, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 271 pages
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At 10.30am on Saturday August 12, 2000, two massive explosions in a rapid succession shook the icy Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. The Kursk, one of the largest and most technologically advanced nuclear subs in the world, carrying a crew of 118 Russian sailors, had suffered a major, unexplained accident, and rapidly crashed to the ocean floor. Most of us can still remember how news of this terrible accident was reported around the world, and the agonising tension of the days when the doomed crew waited for rescue, the Russians seemed to turn away all international offers to help, until it was too late.Robert Moore, the former Moscow Correspondent of ITN, and now their Foreign Affairs editor, has written a thrilling and authoritative investigative book on this tragedy. He has talked to everyone from the families of the crew, the Russian officials, the international rescue teams and the US submarine crews who were monitoring the Kursk's movements. A TIME TO DIE not only recreates the tragic and terrifying final moments of the submarine and its crew, but also explores the events leading up to it and the political, social and environmental issued raised by the catastrophe.But above all, this is a human story, how the Kursk's crew was doomed, how their surviving families fought to learn the truth about their fate, about the British civilian North Sea divers who tried to assist in the rescue mission; told in a narrative with all the excitement, immediacy and emotional intensity, of bestsellers such as A PERFECT STORM and BLACK HAWK DOWN.

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Life on a submarine - who would willingly choose it? Perhaps if you're living on one of the Arctic Russian military bases, the choice is easier, because the way of life portrayed here makes the social ... Read full review

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Excellent telling of the story of the Kursk tragedy. Read full review


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Robert Moore is currently Chief U.S. Correspondent for England's ITN News, based in Washington. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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