Suffering PTSD and radiation poisoning from the K-19 disaster, Vasili Arkhipov rode the B-59 submarine carrying a nuclear torpedo into the Cuban Missile Crisis that thrust him between Captain Savitsky and apocalyptic disaster.
"If you read one naval thriller this year, let it be The Last Saturday of October: The Declassified Saga of Black Saturday ... so disturbing, so gripping, and so wild that it’s hard to believe it’s based on declassified facts."
"Dark and intense ... enjoyable as it is disturbing ... a powerful encounter with history ... a stunning submarine thriller."
The true story of Russian naval officer Vasili Arkhipov who stopped a nuclear firestorm and saved the United States, and the world.
"Vasili Arkhipov is arguably the most important person in modern history, thanks to whom October 27, 2017 isn’t the 55th anniversary of WWIII." Max Tegmark, October 27, 2017.
"The Cuban Missile Crisis just isn't what it used to be." Thomas S. Blanton
Responsibility for war and peace delegated itself to a handful of marauding, sea-roving Soviet sub captains.
The nuke lay in its cradle, sealed orders rested in the safe, and the clock ticked.
We are heading into Bermuda Triangle and the Battle of the Sargasso Sea.
We follow orders. We keep attacking.
You just can’t have this kind of war. There aren’t enough bulldozers to scrape the bodies off the streets.
Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Inventor, researcher, engineer, mathematics professor.
US Naval Academy and Yale University
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