Peter A. Huchthausen. Hoboken, NJ: J. Wiley & Sons, 2002. 281 pp. Photos. Maps. Bib. Index. $24.95.
Reviewed by Rear Admiral Sumner Shapiro, U.S. Navy (Retired)
The risk of a nuclear apocalypse being spawned at sea during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 is the thrust of October Fury, which features a protracted engagement between U.S. Navy ships and aircraft and four Soviet diesel submarines of the Foxtrot class, each equipped with a single nuclear-tipped torpedo. The Foxtrots were deployed in advance of seven ballistic-missile submarines that were staged to Cuban waters as part of the surreptitious build up of Soviet nuclear strike forces.