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"This is a must read for all of you that were or wished you were in the exciting, dangerous, previously highly-classified, submarine component of the Cold War."

-- Naval Historical Foundation

"Here, the untold story of the CIA's Project Azorian is finally revealed after decades of secrecy."

-- The Washington Times

About the Author

Norman Polmar is an internationally known analyst, consultant, and award-winning author specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence areas. He has written or coauthored fifty published books. A columnist for Proceedings and Naval History magazines, he resides in Alexandria, VA.

Michael White has worked in film and television for more than thirty-six years. His career in special and visual effects began in 1976 at Pinewood Studios. After an extensive film career in England, in 1990 he moved to Vienna, which he uses as a base to work internationally as a documentary director and producer. His film Web site is

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; Reprint edition (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591146682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591146681
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Accuracy above all on October 26, 2010
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"Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of K-129" by naval historian Norman Polmar and documentary film producer Michael White provides the first unclassified, factual accounting of a unique event in world history - the loss of a nuclear-missile-equipped submarine in 1968, and its subsequent clandestine (partial) salvage by the CIA in 1974.

In the intervening 35-plus years, there have been many magazine and newspaper articles and several books addressing the K-129 and the CIA's recovery attempt -- incorrectly identifying the CIA effort as "Project Jennifer". Such reportings devolved over the years, as ignorance gradually was replaced by unsupported theories, wild speculation, and finally by absolute nonsense. These distortions and fantasies (represented as factual accountings) eventually motivated several men who participated in CIA's Project Azorian to step forward for in-depth interviews revealing the history of "Azorian" in intimate detail.

Added to the information obtained in these interviews of CIA & Naval officers, men onboard the Hughes Glomar Explorer, and ex-Soviet officials, Polmar & White have published actual photography of the K-129 wreck and, most astonishingly, have published the recorded sound trace of the catastrophe which sank that unfortunate ship. The acoustic recordings were captured by the U.S. Air Force hydrophone system operated by the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) - and Polmar & White reveal that the Navy's SOSUS system never detected the deployment or identified the acoustic events associated with the loss of the K-129.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Espen on May 17, 2011
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I had heard of the Hughes Glomar Explorer before. The kind of science books I read as a kid often featured engineering feats such as the HGE, I can still remember the blurb about the ship being built for seafloor mining of manganese nodules. For reason or another it never worked out, but these books never said why.

It turns out it was all a lie. The Hughes Glomar Explorer was really one of the most ambitious gambits of the Cold War. The HGE was constructed for the singular purpose of clandestinely recovering a sunken Soviet submarine from the bottom of the Pacific.

The ballistic missle submarine K-129 sank on March 8, 1968 1,500 miles northwest of Hawaii. The American underwater sonophone network discovered that something had happened, and the position was triangulated. The USS Halibut was sent to locate the wreckage, and was able to accurately locate the wreck and take photographs.

Using this information, the CIA decided to try to recover the submarine, and the HGE was commissioned under the codename Project Azorian. The CIA contacted Howard Hughes and he was more than happy to provide a cover story for the mission and laundering of the money to disguise the true ownership of the ship. His many companies and eccentric reputation made both of these things possible. The cover story was so good that some universities began to offer programs in Ocean Engineering to prepare students for the seafloor mining boom.

The Soviets were fooled as well. They never discovered the true purpose of the ship until after it had already been used. The HGE was constructed in public, but the critical recovery vehicle codenamed Clementine was built inside a submersible barge to prevent anyone from realizing the ship was not actually equipped for mining.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Dodge on November 4, 2010
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This book presents the reader with well researched facts about the sinking of a Soviet Golf II Class submarine (K-129) in 1968 and how the U.S. located it and later recovered it (or part of it) with the purpose-built lifting ship "Glomar Explorer". This book provides not-seen-before photos of the Golf on the sea bottom (3 miles below the ocean surface) and of the US efforts to raise it. Of particular interest, is the analysis of the acoustic data collected by US sensors when the K-129 went down. This data was used to locate the position of K-129 when it sank. Recent re-analysis of this acoustic data provides the first fact-based assessment of what cause K-129 to sink--debunking conspiracy theories offered in several recent books that stated that K-129 was setting up to fire it's ballistic missiles at Hawaii when it sank. If you want the truth and can handle the truth, read this book.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gelman on November 10, 2010
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In this spellbinding book,the authors have written a masterful account of one of the most intriguing moments in the saga of the Cold War Intelligence history. The Cold War waa in many ways a war of shadows which was also played out in the depths of the seas and oceans.
One of the most ambitious and daring projects was the CIA'S attempt to raise from the depth of the seabed the K-129 Russian submarine,which was carrying nuclear-armed torpedoes,missiles and other intelligence material. It took the Americans six years of technical preparations in order to attempt and salvage the submarine.This project,named"Azorian" cost the American taxpayers at least 500 milllion dollars and the ship which was supposed to carry out this mission was the "Hughes Glomar Explorer",financed by the mysterious billionaire Howard Hughes.
Unfortunately,only "some 38 feet of the submarine were recovered", while the targeted ballistic missiles and cryptologic material were not brought into the "Glomar"'s pool. Yet the project was successful,since Soviet intelligence agencies were unable to detect the US salvage effort. Material reovered fron the wreck,including two nuclear torpedoes and documents,did have intelligence value.
The project was a great technological achievement and the book reads like a Jules Verne adventure story.The authors dismiss many conspiracy-like theories as to why the submarine disappeared. It is based on extensive interviews and newly declassified CIA documents and will serve as another significant addition to the literature of the Cold War History.Highly recommended.
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