Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129

Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129

Norman Polmar Michael White / Aug 03, 2020
Project Azorian The CIA and the Raising of the K On July st despite incredible risks and after years of secret preparations the CIA attempted to salvage the sunken Soviet ballistic missle submarine K from the depths of the North Pacif
  • Title: Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129
  • Author: Norman Polmar Michael White
  • ISBN: 9781591146902
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On July 21st, 1974, despite incredible risks, and after years of secret preparations, the CIA attempted to salvage the sunken Soviet ballistic missle submarine K 129 from the depths of the North Pacific Ocean Azorian was the code name for the most ambitious ocean engineering endeavour ever This book explores the project.
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    1. I knew the story from several books, but this is the definitive book length treatment of it, which purports to correct errors in several earlier books Shortly after midnight on February 25, 1968, the Soviet submarine K 129 left on a patrol from a submarine base on the Kamchatka peninsula, to be ready to attack Hawaii with missiles should the order come On February 26, it sent a radio signal to the base saying it was all right this was the last it was heard from When K 129 failed to radio the bas [...]




    2. During the Cold War, the United States Navy and Central Intelligence Agency partnered on intelligence collection deep beneath the waves Operations including silently trailing Soviet submarines and tapping into underwater telephone cables as described by Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew in their book, Blind Man s Bluff The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage They introduced the most technologically challenging operation of the Cold War, the raising of the downed Soviet submarine, K 129 [...]


    3. While not a tell all because the subject matter is still fiercely protected, this is a great recap about Project Azorian, the American sleuthing project that located, documented, and partially recovered the lost Soviet strategic ballistic missile submarine designated as K 129 Since the Russians were obviously not forthcoming about what happened, America investigated and did what it could to piece together the most significant event that happened in the Pacific, south of the Aleutian Islands and [...]


    4. This is one of the famous episodes of Cold War technical espionage what does the US government do when a Soviet missile submarine sinks to the bottom of the ocean Raise it, of course This book is fairly straightforward history, with some effort put into debunking and evaluating various conflicting accounts There s far attention to narrative order and detail than there was put into suspense or popularization, making it a fairly dry read for anybody without a pre existing interest in intelligenc [...]


    5. 3.5 starsThere have been a lot of books written about this topic since we admitted it to the Russians in the 90s For the sake of sales, I presume, they have contained conspiracy theories, intrigue, ineptitude, all the stuff that makes for a good read This is a book that sticks to facts and first person interviews with those involved on the US and Russian side The author actually points out other books and authors and where they screwed up, and why, and backs it up with science and documentation. [...]


    6. First question Why was all the text in my Kindle edition centered instead of left justified I would rate this book as okay There were a few points I lost interest because it diverged on a tangent in to Naval nerd discussions on types of Soviet ships I was hoping for something like Manhunt The Ten Year Search for Bin Laden from 9 11 to Abbottabad or The Triple Agent The al Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA in terms of depth and scope, as well as attachment to characters Unfortunately, this book [...]


    7. Although the book is short, it is packed with information not previously accessible to the public As a fan of Cold War history I had read much about Azorian or Project Jennifer as it was known prior to 2010 Never in my dreams had I thought that my kids would eventualy see pictures of K 129 s wreckage, much less myself Norman Polmar, whose books are the best you can read on submarine history is an amazing author and does not dissapoint in this book or in any of his others The narrative of the peo [...]


    8. This book details how the CIA in partnership with other American corporations found a missing Soviet submarine in the early 70 s and built a specialized ship to raise it up for intelligence materials The authors did a great job of research, although I could have done with a little less of their descriptions of how other authors got the details wrong It also seemed to me that the build up was too long and the chapter of the actual event was too short Still, I liked the book overall for talking ab [...]


    9. Being an engineer I very much enjoy this kind of books which tells about engineering feats I was aware of Project Azorian long before I read this book and wanted to know about it and this book has some unique insights I did not like the same author s book on the sinking of USS Thresher because albeit he seems to be very much qualified to write on technical matters, he is not the best of narrators I could not find fault about that in this book, maybe because I expected it to be much technical o [...]


    10. This is a very mediocre history of the K 129 Hughes Glomar Explorer events There is very obvious dual author syndrome That is, all too often, the authors seem to be in disagreement on the facts They each write opening or closing sentences for the same paragraph, and no editor challenged them to choose one or the other I wasn t clear whether they were trying to write propaganda for Dark Programs in general, whether successful or not, or whether one of them was and the other wasn t in tune with th [...]


    11. Some days I miss the Cold War Gone are the days when the government would fund every harebrained idea someone deep in the bowels of the CIA or DoD would dream up This is the true story of the Project Azorian, the attempt to raise a sunken Soviet nuclear ballistic missile submarine from 3 miles beneath the Pacific The story itself is fantastic, incorporating some amazing marine engineering, intelligence gathering and suspense on the high seas The only complaint is that the writing is a bit dry bu [...]


    12. Polmar and co author White have written a well researched account of the K 129 and the attempted recovery by the Glomar Explorer of the K 129 The K 129 was a Soviet ballistic missile submarine that sank in 1968 There have been terrible conspiracy theory books about the K 129 out there and Project Azorian brings sanity back to the issue The book was a quick read that was hard to put down I relished Polmar s chapter on the conspiracy theories almost like a child delights in their Halloween treats [...]


    13. This is a truly fascinating book I can t imagine how difficult it was to write considering much of the subject matter is still secret The author is also to be commended for simplifying a lot of the extremely complex engineering involved That said I was left wanting and some details were too simple I m not sure if that was due to restriction of subject material or the author s choice.This is a 3.5 star book I have given it 4 because its much better than the 3.1 average rating it currently has an [...]


    14. This is an interesting account of the raising of a sunken Soviet submarine by the CIA in 1974 It addresses some of the inaccuracies in previously published works on this event, but there are still no definitive answers as to the cause of the sinking and many details of the project have still not been declassified The lack of some of those details likely contributes to the short length of the book I d recommend it to get an idea of the scope and ambition of this covert undertaking at the height o [...]


    15. A fascinating account of the loss of a Soviet nuclear armed submarine K 129 and the U.S effort to find it 16,000 feet down, and then construct the Hughes Glomar Explorer to attempt to raise it to the surface in secret only six years later I will avoid a spoiler here as to what happened Suffice it to say that the project was comparable in cost and ingenuity to a lunar mission, carried out under a clever cover story right under the noses of Soviet observation ships.The book is interesting too for [...]


    16. This is a story of an amazing program designed by the CIA and others to recover a USSR missile boat that had sunk in some 16K feet of water Its a testament to all sides of the intelligence community that they were able to pull this off without the USSR knowing about it and it did not hit the press for a while after the project was complete The author provides good presentation of the facts as they have been declassified and it was a fun, quick read.


    17. This was a fascinating look at Project Azorian, an audacious effort of the Cold War that, for reasons I don t understand, remains shrouded in a cloak of secrecy It s hard to see, especially when so much IS known about the mission, what possible intelligence value the remaining secrets could hold But the content of this book was great, if marred by formatting weirdness that I never really got past If you re into Cold War history, this is definitely worth a read.


    18. An outstanding book It tells a story, provides the details and at the same time reads easy and fast The author has a very good idea on what he s talking about Polmar has written a number of books on Soviet and American submarines and navy in general I finished this book in one sitting and highly recommend it if you are interested in the subject matter.


    19. Whoda thunk we recovered a part of a Soviet Sub 5 miles underwater in the 70 s Whoda thunk we spent just as much money on that as we did sending men to the moon Even though the CIA ran this op, this book is of an engineering story Interesting and amazing, but not fun.


    20. A lightning fast read I finished it in about 2 hours It was interesting, and informative about events I d never heard of And that s about all there is too it The writing was okay once you got past the first 15 pages , and moved right along.


    21. Great BookOne of the coolest stories ever told And it s non fiction.Our current administration could never pull something like this off Not that they would even try They hate America


    22. A very technical read Heavy on names, places, and dates Does a good job of debunking the myriad of conspiracy theories and myths that surround K 129, Project Azorian, and the Glomar Explorer.


    23. Story of the US s secret attempt to salvage a sunken Russian sub from the bottom of the Pacific My only complaint is that it got overly technical at times Otherwise an enjoyable read.



    24. This was an extremely well written book about the secret project the CIA lead to try to raise a sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine.



    25. Overall, it was disappointing Though an interesting recital of the fascinating facts surrounding this escapade, it was missing the personal stories that make history truly engaging to read.


    26. I remember reading about the Glomar Explorer many years ago interesting to learn the details, good read on a little slice of history in the Cold War.


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