Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of by Jack Cheevers

By Jack Cheevers

In 1968, a small, dilapidated American secret agent send set out on a deadly venture: to pinpoint army radar stations alongside the coast of North Korea. jam-packed with complex electronic-surveillance gear and categorized intelligence records, the USS Pueblo used to be poorly armed and lacked backup through air or sea. Its group, led through a charismatic, hard-drinking ex?"submarine officer named Pete Bucher, was once made up ordinarily of untested sailors of their kids and twenties.

On a frigid January morning whereas eavesdropping close to the port of Wonsan, the Pueblo used to be challenged via a North Korean gunboat. while Bucher attempted to flee, his send used to be fast surrounded by way of extra patrol boats, shelled and machine-gunned, and compelled to give up. One American used to be killed and ten wounded, and Bucher and his younger team have been taken prisoner through one of many world?™s such a lot competitive and erratic totalitarian regimes.

Less than forty-eight hours earlier than 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 conflict tensions towards a flashpoint as either North and South Korea girded for war?"with fifty thousand American squaddies stuck among them. President Lyndon Johnson rushed U.S. wrestle ships and airplane to augment South Korea, whereas secretly attempting to negotiate a relaxed approach to the crisis.

Act of conflict tells the riveting saga of Bucher and his males as they struggled to outlive cruel torture and horrendous dwelling stipulations in North Korean prisons. according to huge interviews and diverse executive files published in the course of the Freedom of data Act, this ebook additionally unearths new information of Johnson?™s high-risk gambit to avoid conflict from erupting at the Korean peninsula whereas his negotiators desperately attempted to save lots of the sailors from attainable execution. A dramatic story of human persistence opposed to the backdrop of a global diplomatic poker online game, Act of struggle bargains classes at the perils of covert intelligence operations as the USA unearths itself confronting a bunch of twenty-first-century enemies.

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