Big Red

Big Red

Three Months on Board A Trident Nuclear Submarine

Book - 2001
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"The Trident nuclear submarine is the most complex war machine the United States Navy has ever produced, a $1.8 billion marvel crammed with more modern military technology than any other vessel in the world. It is an 18,750-ton steel monster, taller in length than the Washington Monument and wider than a three-lane highway at its center. Deep beneath the ocean, it can sail silently for months, practically impossible to detect by the enemy. And the twenty-four ballistic missiles on board just one of these subs have enough strategic nuclear warheads to unleash twice the explosive energy detonated by all the conventional weapons in World War II." "Now, for the first time, veteran Time magazine correspondent Douglas C. Waller takes you on a tension-packed, three-month patrol deep in the Atlantic Ocean and inside one of these Tridents, the U.S.S. Nebraska. Granted more access to these awesome submarines than any journalist before, Waller penetrates one of the most secretive worlds in the U.S. military. This book takes you into this closed society as a witness to secret rituals and life experiences where submariners, underwater for months, hope never to unleash the destructive power they command."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2001.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060194840
Branch Call Number: 359.9330973 Wal 3701 2
Characteristics: xiii, 336 pages : illustrations


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Oct 18, 2012

Terrific book based on the writer's experience spending several weeks on the USS Nebraska ballistic-missile nuclear submarine. Waller has good eye for detail and the characters he meets, from the enlisted sailors on the sub to the commanding officer himself.

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