By Jack Cheevers
In 1968, a small, dilapidated American secret agent send set out on a perilous project: to pinpoint army radar stations alongside the coast of North Korea. full of complex electronic-surveillance apparatus and labeled intelligence files, the USS Pueblo used to be poorly armed and lacked backup via air or sea. Its staff, led by way of a charismatic, hard-drinking ex?"submarine officer named Pete Bucher, was once made up typically of untested sailors of their children and twenties.
On a frigid January morning whereas eavesdropping close to the port of Wonsan, the Pueblo used to be challenged by way of a North Korean gunboat. whilst Bucher attempted to flee, his send was once fast surrounded by means of 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 staff have been taken prisoner via one of many world?™s such a lot competitive and erratic totalitarian regimes.
Less than forty-eight hours prior to 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 warfare 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. wrestle ships and plane to enhance South Korea, whereas secretly attempting to negotiate a relaxed method to the crisis.
Act of conflict tells the riveting saga of Bucher and his males as they struggled to outlive cruel torture and horrendous residing stipulations in North Korean prisons. in line with vast interviews and diverse executive records published during the Freedom of knowledge Act, this ebook additionally unearths new info 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 global diplomatic poker video game, Act of struggle deals classes at the perils of covert intelligence operations as the United States unearths itself confronting a bunch of twenty-first-century enemies.
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