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The Death of the USS Thresher

The Story Behind History's Deadliest Submarine Disaster
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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Publisher's Summary

When she first went to sea in April of 1961, the US nuclear submarine Thresher was the most advanced submarine at sea, built specifically to hunt and kill Soviet submarines. In The Death of the USS Thresher, renowned naval and intelligence consultant Norman Polmar recounts the dramatic circumstances surrounding her implosion, which killed all 129 men onboard in history's first loss of a nuclear submarine.

This revised edition of Polmar's 1964 classic is based on interviews with the Thresher's first command officer, other submarine officers, and the designers of the submarine. Polmar provides recently declassified information about the submarine and relates the loss to subsequent US and Soviet nuclear submarine sinkings as well as to the escape and rescue systems developed by the navy in the aftermath of the disaster.

The Death of the USS Thresher is a must-listen for the legions of fans who enjoyed the late Peter Maas' New York Times best seller The Terrible Hours.

©2004 Norman Polmar (P)2017 Tantor

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"Submarines and underwater navigation have long interested people, even some of the most dyed-in-the-wool landlubbers. One worthy 'new' book about submarines is The Death of the U.S.S. Thresher. It was written in 1964. This new edition has been updated by its author, Norman Polmar, to incorporate information that has been declassified since the book was first published." (AP Newswires)

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There is nothing I did not like about this book. A great history book about a atomic Submarine that was lost.

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loved it

very informative to me as a submariner who sailed on the sister ship SSN-621 USS Hafdock