“American Girls in Red Russia combines incredible research and inspired writing in a compelling account of the American women who traveled to, lived in, and sometimes believed in the Soviet Union during its first decades. Mickenberg deftly combines political and cultural history to reveal a fascinating generation of radical women who chased ‘the Soviet dream.’ She transports the reader into the lives of both famous and forgotten women who followed their curiosity and convictions to a brave new world. Sometimes they found fulfillment; more often, disappointment. Their stories enrich our understanding of early feminism at home and in the USSR while revealing the possibilities and limitations of living revolutionary lives.”
In 1968 — the middle of the Cold War — the Soviet submarine
K-129 disappeared, taking with it its 98-member crew, three nuclear ballistic
missiles and a tempting treasure trove of Soviet secrets. Without the
technology to retrieve it from the ocean floor, the Soviet Union left it there.
It was considered lost — until the CIA stepped in.
Josh Dean’s new book, The
Taking of K-129, tells the true story of Project Azorian, a secret CIA
mission to lift the submarine from a depth of more than 3 miles into a
custom-built ship called the Hughes Glomar Explorer.
“There had been no salvage of a submarine below 1,000
feet at that point,” Dean says. “ … [It’s] probably the greatest
feat of naval engineering. And on top of that, you had to do it in secret
because it’s not like a giant ship parked in the middle of the Pacific — where
giant ships aren’t normally parked — isn’t going to arouse suspicion.”