|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
Russian submarine Kursk.
|Please note: The books are listed for collectors interest
only, and not offered for sale.
In the worst peacetime disaster experienced by the Russian Navy, on
12 August 2000 the state-of-the-art nuclear-powered Kursk submarine
sank with the loss of 118 officers and crew. The sinking was a humanitarian,
environmental, military and political catastrophe for Russia, and a powerful
reversal for President Putin's standing both at home and abroad. But what
really happened? Did, as the Russians initially claimed, a British or American
submarine actually collide with the Kursk, causing the fatal explosion
in the bow? Or was an outmoded fuel type to blame, igniting disastrously
when one of the torpedoes started dry-running in its tube? And why, hours
after the initial explosion, did the Russians prevaricate catastrophically
when there was still a chance to rescue some of the crew?
|A TIME TO DIE - The Kursk Disaster.
Doubleday, London, Sydney etc. 2002. (Cover, left)
Also Bantam Books Ltd, 2003, paperback
Softcover, 272 pages, colour photograph. It was a tragedy, not only for Russia but for the world, as it is alwys difficult to image a more terrible death trapped in a submariune beneath the cold waters of the Barents Sea. But after two massive explosision hammered their way through th submrine, the men died and their families, and their country, grieved. It happened on 12 August 2000, but at the time the vessel was simply overdue, then lost. What could have happened. Was another submarine involved? Was the Cold War rearing its head once again. But the world united in attempting to rescue the men, and when that was realised as being in vain, to bring their bodies home. This excellent essay on the tragedy delves deeper into the human emotion of a town that lost 118 of its favourite sons, and a country that was trying desperatly to show the world that the days of secrecey and communism were well over.
Further: At 10.30am on Saturday August 12, 2000, two massive explosions in rapid succession shook the icy Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. The Kursk, one of the largest and most technologically advanced nuclear subs in the world, carrying a crew of 118 Russian sailors, had suffered a major, unexplained accident, and rapidly crashed to the ocean floor. Most of us can still remember how news of this terrible accident was reported around the world, and the agonising tension of the days when the doomed crew waited for rescue, the Russians seemed to turn away all international offers to help, until it was too late.Robert Moore, the former Moscow Correspondent of ITN, and now their Foreign Affairs editor, has written a thrilling and authoritative investigative book on this tragedy. He has talked to everyone from the families of the crew, the Russian officials, the international rescue teams and the US submarine crews who were monitoring the Kursk's movements. A Time to Die not only recreates the tragic and terrifying final moments of the submarine and its crew, but also explores the events leading up to it and the political, social and environmental issued raised by the catastrophe.But above all, this is a human story, how the Kursk's crew was doomed, how their surviving families fought to learn the truth about their fate, about the British civilian North Sea divers who tried to assist in the rescue mission; told in a narrative with all the excitement, immediacy and emotional intensity, of bestsellers such as A Perfect Storm and Black Hawk Down. (ps)
|KURSK - RUSSIA'S LOST
Simon & Schuster, London 2002.
Hard cover, dust wrapper; 201pages, mono plates.
From the fly blurb: Kursk-Russia's Lost Pride not only vividly re-creates the terrifying final hours of the submariners as they waited in vain for salvation at the bottom of the Barents Sea; it also throws sharp light on the nature of the 'democracy' this billion-dollar vessel was designed to protect. Peter Truscott, an expert in modern Russian and defence matters, has had unique access to intelligence officers in Britain, Russia, Norway and the United States as well as relatives of the victims. His masterly analysis of this terrible event assesses and dismisses a number of wild claims that have been made and advances his own compelling explanation of what really happened. In the process he demonstrates the fragility of post-Soviet Russia and provides a gripping illustration not just of human courage, but of human failing at the highest levels of government.
Pocket Books, London, 2003.
Fine sm. 8vo.xx + 267pp., b/w pls., diags., maps, index.
|RAISING THE KURSK
Published by: Lipstick Publishing, UK; 2004.
Illustrated hard cover, 184 printed pages.
Dimensions: 24.5 cms tall by 26.5 cms wide
This is a really fascinating and interesting book which looks into the sad story of the history, loss and subsequent events of the salvage and aftermath of the Russian Submarine Kursk. The book is written in four parts, the fourth being an interesting DVD. In turn, each part is sub-divided into further chapters. Part 2 looks at individuals involved with the salvage and writes their story and involvement with the salvage, people right from the senior management down to the divers that worked on the project:
Part 1 - The Story: "Rise and Fall", "The Assignment", "The Preparations", "The Salvage Operation", "The Homecoming". The final chapter in this part contains small photos of the Soviet submariners lost in this tragedy. Part 2 - Personal Impressions: Frans Van Seumeran (President and CEO Mammoet), Jan Van Seumeran (Technical Advisor, Mammoet), Leo Versluis (Director Tendering), Jan Kleijn (Director Operations / Engineering), Piet Sinke (Marine Operations Manager), Wessel Helmens (Engineering Manager), Klaas Lamphen (Director Product Development), Arjan Braspenning (Technical Assistant), Arie de Zwart (Structural Engineer - Strength Calculations), Paul Glerum (Salvage Inspector), Gonnie Van Seumeren (Wife, Support and Anchor of Frans Van Seumeren) Igor Spassky (President of the Rubin Company), Igor Ovdienko (Engineer and Designer at Rubin), Anna Skorokhodova (Interpretor & Translator), Slava Zakharov (DirectorMammoet Russia), Wally Wallace(Diving Superintendant) and Jimmy Irvine (Diver). Part 3 - The Technical Specifications: "Planning" "Sketches and Drawings". The sketches and drawings show how the actual salvage was planned. Part 4 - DVD. This graphically shows the extent of the problem and underwater film of the Kursk. It goes on to show animations of the proposed salvage and much actual footage of the desing and equipment used as well as the salvage operation itself. A really interesting book, graphically illustrated with countless colour photographs and drawings and finally there is a DVD to watch with the salvage and many interviews with people highlighted in part 2. If buying seconD hand copies, be sure to make sure that the DVD is still in place in the back of the book inside the back cover and it still works OK. [pt]
|THE TRUTH ABOUT THE KURSK
Howse Pty Ltd, Australia, 2005.
Card covers, 182 pages, mono plates.
The reasons and circumstances behind the loss of submarine cruiser Kursk. A compelling insight into the story behind the tragedy, as told by the Russian Prosecutor General.
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