Cry from the Deep: The Submarine Disaster That Riveted the World and Put the New Russia to the Ultimate Test
Ramsey Flynn. New York: HarperCollins, 2004. 304 pp. Photos. Notes. Bib. Index. $25.95.
Reviewed by Captain Robert Brannon, U.S. Navy
Ramsey Flynn set out to write the definitive account of the Russian submarine Kursk disaster shortly after the incident took place. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to achieve that goal. Every aspect of research in his new book is well documented and, where possible, cited clearly. In a few areas where uncertainty remains, Flynn is forthcoming about why this is so and what he thinks probably happened, based on reasoned insights and countless conversations with sources. I was one of the sources for this book. As the U.S. naval attache in Russia from 1998 to 2001, I was on duty at the U.S. embassy in Moscow when the Kursk went down. In my view, Flynn gets it right in Cry from the Deep.