Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo

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WINNER OF THE 2014 SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON AWARD FOR NAVAL LITERATURE In 1968, a small, dilapidated American spy ship set out on a dangerous mission: to pinpoint military radar stations along the coast of North Korea. Packed with advanced electronic-surveillance equipment and classified intelligence documents, the USS "Pueblo "was poorly armed and lacked backup by air or sea. Its crew, led by a charismatic, hard-drinking ex-submarine officer named Pete Bucher, was made up mostly of untested sailors in their teens and twenties. On a frigid January morning while eavesdropping near the port of Wonsan, the "Pueblo "was challenged by a North Korean gunboat. When Bucher tried to escape, his ship was quickly surrounded by more patrol boats, shelled and machine-gunned, and forced to surrender. One American was killed and ten wounded, and Bucher and his young crew were taken prisoner by one of the world's most aggressive and erratic totalitarian regimes. Less than forty-eight hours before the "Pueblo"'s capture, North Korean commandos had nearly succeeded in assassinating South Korea's president in downtown Seoul. Together, the two explosive incidents pushed Cold War tensions toward a flashpoint as both North and South Korea girded for war--with fifty thousand American soldiers caught between them. President Lyndon Johnson rushed U.S. combat ships and aircraft to reinforce South Korea, while secretly trying to negotiate a peaceful solution to the crisis. "Act of War" tells the riveting saga of Bucher and his men as they struggled to survive merciless torture and horrendous living conditions in North Korean prisons. Based on extensive interviews and numerous government documents released through the Freedom of Information Act, this book also reveals new details of Johnson's high-risk gambit to prevent war from erupting on the Korean peninsula while his negotiators desperately tried to save the sailors from possible execution. A dramatic tale of human endurance against the backdr

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"I devoured "Act of War "the way I did "Flyboys", " Flags of our Fathers" and" Lost in Shangri-la"." --Michael Connelly, #1 "New York Times" Bestselling Author

"Comprehensive and compelling... a narrative as fascinating as any fictional spy story... Act of War" is likely to be the definitive account of the Pueblo incident.""--The Virginian-Pilot"

"Outstanding and necessary."--"Booklist", starred review

""Act of War" is international in scope, well written, and an enjoyable read....highly recommended....[a] gripping account of personal service, tragedy, sacrifice, and perseverance of the crew that played out within the heightened international tensions of the Cold War.""--Proceedings"

"Jack Cheevers's true account of the USS "Pueblo "will not only glue you to your seat, you'll be stunned anyone survived at all."--John Geoghegan, author of "Operation Storm"
"I devoured "Act of War "the way I did "Flyboys," " Flags of our Fathers" and" Lost in Shangri-la."" --Michael Connelly, #1 "New York Times" Bestselling Author
"Comprehensive and compelling... a narrative as fascinating as any fictional spy story... Act of War is likely to be the definitive account of the Pueblo incident.""--The Virginian-Pilot"
"Outstanding and necessary."--"Booklist," starred review
""Act of War" is international in scope, well written, and an enjoyable read....highly recommended....[a] gripping account of personal service, tragedy, sacrifice, and perseverance of the crew that played out within the heightened international tensions of the Cold War.""--Proceedings"
"Jack Cheevers's true account of the USS "Pueblo "will not only glue you to your seat, you'll be stunned anyone survived at all."--John Geoghegan, author of "Operation Storm"

I devoured "Act of War "the way I did "Flyboys," " Flags of our Fathers" and" Lost in Shangri-la." Michael Connelly, #1 "New York Times" Bestselling Author
Comprehensive and compelling a narrative as fascinating as any fictional spy story Act of Waris likely to be the definitive account of the Pueblo incident. " The Virginian Pilot"
Outstanding and necessary. "Booklist," starred review
"Act of War" is international in scope, well written, and an enjoyable read....highly recommended....[a] gripping account of personal service, tragedy, sacrifice, and perseverance of the crew that played out within the heightened international tensions of the Cold War. " Proceedings"
Jack Cheevers s true account of the USS "Pueblo "will not only glue you to your seat, you ll be stunned anyone survived at all. John Geoghegan, author of "Operation Storm""

WINNER OF THE SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON AWARD FOR NAVAL LITERATURE
Sweeping in its power and importance as a historical document and absolutely riveting in its personal stories of sacrifice and heroism, "Act of War" is the best kind of narrative non-fiction. It grips us as it teaches us. And it reminds us that the past serves as perspective on the issues and fears we face today. From the halls of power in Washington to the heaving seas of the Pacific and to the cold, stark torture rooms of Pyongyang, this book leaves no stone unturned. This is a masterwork by Jack Cheevers. I devoured "Act of War" the way I did "Flyboys," "Flags of our Fathers" and "Lost in Shangri-la." Michael Connelly, #1 "New York Times" Bestselling Author of "The Black Box"
Jack Cheevers is not only a terrific researcher but a master storyteller. "Act of War "reads like a Cold War thriller I couldn't put it down. James Scott, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Author of "Target Tokyo"
A riveting, superbly researched, and revealing account of a Cold War clash at sea between the United States and North Korea and of the courageous captain of the "Pueblo," who stood up both to his brutal captors and to the Navy brass who tried to make him a scapegoat to cover up their own failures. David Wise, Author of "Tiger Trap: America's Secret Spy War with China "
"Act of War" is international in scope, well written, and an enjoyable read....highly recommended....[a] gripping account of personal service, tragedy, sacrifice, and perseverance of the crew that played out within the heightened international tensions of the Cold War. " Proceedings"
Outstanding and necessary. "Booklist," starred review
A valuable lesson at a time of increasing tensions with North Korea. James Bamford, "New York Times" Bestselling Author of "Body of Secrets"
Readers who appreciate intense accounts of survival against difficult circumstances will find this book enthralling It deserves a wide audience. "Library Journal, "starred review
A fascinating, well-rendered account of a little known episode in the on-going conflict on the Korean peninsula. Sheila Miyoshi Jager, Author of "Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea"
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WINNER OF THE SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON AWARD FOR NAVAL LITERATURE

"Sweeping in its power and importance as a historical document and absolutely riveting in its personal stories of sacrifice and heroism, Act of War is the best kind of narrative non-fiction. It grips us as it teaches us. And it reminds us that the past serves as perspective on the issues and fears we face today. From the halls of power in Washington to the heaving seas of the Pacific and to the cold, stark torture rooms of Pyongyang, this book leaves no stone unturned. This is a masterwork by Jack Cheevers. I devoured Act of War the way I did Flyboys, Flags of our Fathers and Lost in Shangri-la."--Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Black Box

"Jack Cheevers is not only a terrific researcher but a master storyteller. Act of War reads like a Cold War thriller--I couldn't put it down." --James Scott, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Author of Target Tokyo

"A riveting, superbly researched, and revealing account of a Cold War clash at sea between the United States and North Korea--and of the courageous captain of the Pueblo, who stood up both to his brutal captors and to the Navy brass who tried to make him a scapegoat to cover up their own failures." --David Wise, Author of Tiger Trap: America's Secret Spy War with China

"Act of War is international in scope, well written, and an enjoyable read....highly recommended....[a] gripping account of personal service, tragedy, sacrifice, and perseverance of the crew that played out within the heightened international tensions of the Cold War."--Proceedings

"Outstanding and necessary."--Booklist, starred review

"A valuable lesson at a time of increasing tensions with North Korea."--James Bamford, New York Times Bestselling Author of Body of Secrets

"Readers who appreciate intense accounts of survival against difficult circumstances will find this book enthralling... It deserves a wide audience."--Library Journal, starred review

"A fascinating, well-rendered account of a little known episode in the on-going conflict on the Korean peninsula."--Sheila Miyoshi Jager, Author of Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea

About the Author:

Jack Cheevers is a former political reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

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