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Stalking the Red Bear: The True Story of a U.S. Cold War Submarine's Covert Operations Against the Soviet Union

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The thrilling untold story of Cold War submarine espionage and an inside look at the U.S. Navy's "Silent Service"

Stalking the Red Bear—for the first time ever—describes the action principally from the perspective of a commanding officer of a Sturgeon-class nuclear submarine during the Cold War, taking readers closer to the Soviet target than any work on submarine espionage
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 17th 2009)
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Aug 30, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 on this one. Only reason was it was kinda short, not that I want a tome, or that it wasn't laid out well. I guess I just wanted more. The focus of the book is on one mission and all that is involved and all that comes before (and a little bit of what's after).

Gives a good overview of sub operation and submarine intelligence in the Cold War and in general, and also imbues the sense of urgency and the need for intelligence of the time.
Short, but enjoyable, look at a Holystone mission conducted by an American submarine in the Barents sea. The material is dated -- this was a Sturgeon class submarine, the best of the American fleet at the time but several classes out of date now, and the mission was conducted at a time when the Soviet Navy hadn't yet made its notable strides forward in technological development, so one of the main themes is how poor Sov sub technology was in relation to the US -- and the material is probably mor ...more
Stalking the Red Bear has a good premise to show the dangers of being on a fast attack during intelligence work off the Russian coast. His style was cumbersome because he had to protect the man who gave him the story and so he used a fictional name for the ship and commanding officer but it detracted from the story. Its understandable why Sasgen does this because of confidentiality agreements for his source but the fictional name detracted from the book. Sasgen also has chapters on the Soviet si ...more
Jeff Wombold
Sep 06, 2014 Jeff Wombold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many submarine books, but this is the first one that really hit home. Having served on a sturgeon class submarine during the cold war,I could relate to the tale told in this book. The only difference between this book and my journeys was that I was in the Pacific and this tale took place in the Atlantic. Same type of operations, except I never new it had an official name and like other submariners, I never thought about the danger. A good read for all cold war submariners and anybody ...more
Brendan DuBois
Jan 07, 2014 Brendan DuBois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fine book about covert U.S. submarine missions in the 1970s, but it's written in a fictional style. All in all, an okay book, but "Blind Man's Bluff" is a much superior book.
Kevin Walsh
I found this book really disapointing, granted its a novel, but for me there just wasnt enough to it. I generally prefer more technical books, even if its a novel. if your looking for something in the same vein as this, but more technical in style, find a copy of Blind Mans Bluff

Glenn Robinson
Very interesting book on the history of the role submarines play in espionage. While this centered around one US sub infiltrating the Soviet Union during the Nixon/Brezhnev SALT talks, there were interesting stories of Nazi U-Boats, US subs sinking Japanese boats and others.
Lindsey Doolan
Jul 06, 2011 Lindsey Doolan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, military, ocean
Shadows the crew of a specific sub during a tour. Great stories and easy way to learn more about subs in general. Fun read.
Rob Beck
Mar 01, 2010 Rob Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting look at some missions of a Sub that is givin a different name and what kind of missions they took part in.
Jul 27, 2009 Derek rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was not a very good book. clearly, the man who wrote this was not only a republican, but things submariners can jump over tall buildings in a single bound. What hero-worship crap.

I read a different book about spy subs in the cold war a few years back and thought this might be of the same vein. It was not. This had all the literary quality of a FoxNews broadcast.

Skip this one.
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