Act of War

Act of War

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

Book - 2013
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"In 1968, a small, dilapidated American spy ship set out on a dangerous mission: to pinpoint military radar stations along the coast of North Korea. Packed with advanced electronic-surveillance equipment and classified intelligence documents, the USS Pueblo was poorly armed and lacked backup by air or sea. Its crew, led by a charismatic, hard-drinking ex-submarine officer named Pete Bucher, was made up mostly of untested sailors in their teens and twenties. On a frigid January morning while eavesdropping near the port of Wonsan, the Pueblo was challenged by a North Korean gunboat. When Bucher tried to escape, his ship was quickly surrounded by more patrol boats, shelled and machine-gunned, and forced to surrender. One American was killed and ten wounded, and Bucher and his young crew were taken prisoner by one of the world's most aggressive and erratic totalitarian regimes. Less than forty-eight hours before the Pueblo's capture, North Korean commandos had nearly succeeded in assassinating South Korea's president in downtown Seoul. Together, the two explosive incidents pushed Cold War tensions toward a flashpoint as both North and South Korea girded for war-with fifty thousand American soldiers caught between them. President Lyndon Johnson rushed U.S. combat ships and aircraft to reinforce South Korea, while secretly trying to negotiate a peaceful solution to the crisis. Act of War tells the riveting saga of Bucher and his men as they struggled to survive merciless torture and horrendous living conditions in North Korean prisons. Based on extensive interviews and numerous government documents released through the Freedom of Information Act, this book also reveals new details of Johnson's high-risk gambit to prevent war from erupting on the Korean peninsula while his negotiators desperately tried to save the sailors from possible execution. A dramatic tale of human endurance against the backdrop of an international diplomatic poker game, Act of War offers lessons on the perils of covert intelligence operations as America finds itself confronting a host of twenty-first-century enemies"-- Provided by publisher
Tells the true story of the crew of the USS Pueblo who were forced to surrender to the North Koreans the day after an attempt on the assassination of the President of South Korea in 1968
Publisher: New York, New York : NAL Caliber, [2013]
ISBN: 9780451466198
0451466195
Branch Call Number: 359.3 Cheevers 2013
Characteristics: xiv, 431 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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SEBoiko
Jun 10, 2014

We've made it this far together and we'll finish it together.

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SEBoiko
Jun 10, 2014

Kim's audacious capture of the Pueblo gave him a propaganda bonanza at home and abroad.

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SEBoiko
Apr 08, 2014

The Pueblo Affair marked the first time since 1807 that an American Naval commander surrendered his ship without a fight,...

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SEBoiko
Apr 08, 2014

Some citizens seemed more angered by the White House's reluctance to use force than by the capture its self.

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SEBoiko
Apr 08, 2014

In other words, the Pueblo was expendable, but the Navy would swiftly avenge it.

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StarGladiator
Jan 18, 2017

This is a pretty good book about how the Navy hung out the crew of the USS Pueblo to dry twice: once on the mission they were assigned, the second time when they were captured. The inquiry Bucher stood before wasn't all that different from the USS Liberty [which the author reprises according to the official, and completely fictional, account, since debunked].

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SEBoiko
Mar 28, 2014

Other: Page 340 mentions Mendel Rivers it should be L. Mendel Rivers.

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