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A Matter of Risk: The Incredible Inside Story of the CIA's Hughes Glomar Explorer Mission to Raise a Russian Submarine Hardcover – 1978

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394424328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394424323
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book was well written. I was involved with the project from the Charter Flight from L.A. through it's docking at Long Beach, Ca. I would reccomend this book to anyone interested in the cold war period of the 70's.
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I just discovered this book on Amazon on a sentimental search of the Glomar Explorer... Interest has probably faded but I felt compelled to tell someone -- since we had to keep it quiet for so long. I think A Matter of Risk was very close to the things I knew about the details of the operation. Some things I don't follow - like moving the ship. We were at Pier E the whole time I was with them. Details are always sketchy when pieced together second hand. Stories grow or shrink depending on who's telling them.

I am one of only 4 women involved directly with the Hughes Glomar Explorer at Pier E and it lasted 3 years.. What a fantastic time we had! Can you imagine being in your 20's and having 256 men sharing space for more than a month at a time? Names like Red Dog, Bama, Culp, Rogers; BlackJack the Explorer belt buckles we had made at the foundry in Terminal Island; the Cushman cart races; volleyball games between the engineers and the Roustabouts; the day the "adult" videos fell into the ocean during a loading error - and how fast the guys jumped in to save them!! the fabulous food in the galley; the day the ship came back from sea trials with "Gloria Exploria's" underwear strung from the the crown block to the deck; visitors that came in including kissinger... and later John Wayne; the fake apartment set up by the CIA on Ocean Drive, complete with toothbrushes; the interview in the Hughes Tool Building in an office between two floors--and a door that really was behind a file cabinet!! the nerve wracking moments when the ship was evacuated except for the Heavy Lift Control Room because they were sure the ship was going to snap from the weight of the pipe string...the involvement with Allende...
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By A Customer on March 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I WORK ON AND HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE CONVERSION OF THE EXPLORER TO A MODERN DRILLSHIP. MY PREVIOUS COPY WAS "LOST", I'M LOOKING FOR A NEW ONE. ALTHOUGH "THE JENNIFER PROJECT" IS A GOOD BOOK, THIS ONE IS MUCH BETTER.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm Roy Varner, author of the book sourced by Wayne Collier, the CIA operative who recruited people for the CIA mission. I'm going to republish the book one of these days and build an extensive web site to document and celebrate this great vestige of the Cold War. I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who was a part of the mission, especially on the ship itself, and from family members who got to hear the stories years later. I'll include the most interesting submittals in the book to generate a more rounded view of the mission some 35 years after this book was published. Also welcome inside stories from those on the Russian side of this event. Send your stories to risk@royvarner.com and I'll get back to you. You're welcome to be anonymous in the book, but I will have to reach you by phone to be able to validate your story. Thanks!
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By A Customer on September 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The definitive (published) account of the Glomar Explorer project to raise a sunken Soviet nuclear missile sub. Another book covering the same events, "The Jennifer Project" has little of the detail or drama of this book.
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I have been intrigued for some time by the story of the Glomar Explorer and the effort to recover K129. The sheer magnitude of the task and the application of cutting edge engineering (for the time) still amazes me - and it all worked!!. Though more information is now out in the public domain (see Michael White's documentary "Azorian" for more details and some actual film footage), there are still many unanswered questions which may never be fully known. For an engineer, this was an entertaining story, well-told.
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