K-19: The Widowmaker
Captain Peter Huchthausen, USN (Ret.). Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2002. 244 pp. Photos. Appendix. Bib. Index. $16.00 ($14.40).
Reviewed by Vice Admiral E.A. Burkhalter, Jr.,U.S. Navy (Retired)
Captain Peter Huchthausen, a retired naval intelligence officer and former naval attaché in Moscow from 1987 to 1990, has written a fascinating and comprehensive history of the Soviet Navy's nuclear submarine fleet. Starting in the late 1950s, the author documents the safety problems encountered as it rapidly expanded its program following the commissioning of the USS Nautilus (SSN571) in 1955.