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Jack Cheevers is a former political reporter for the "Los Angeles Times."


Comprehensive and compelling a narrative as fascinating as any fictional spy story "Act of War" is likely to be the definitive account of the Pueblo incident. "The Virginian Pilot" Outstanding and necessary. "Booklist," starred review A deep, gripping narrative of the Pueblo story harrowing. Alastair Gale, "Wall Street Journal" blog Readers who appreciate intense accounts of survival against difficult circumstances will find this book enthralling It deserves a wide audience. "Library Journal, "starred review "Mesmerizing... a striking tribute to the "Pueblo"'s commander and crew who acted honorably under horrendous conditions." Murray Polner, History News Network Brilliant... One walks away from this book with a deeper appreciation for the burdens of command, and a new gratitude for the men and women who wear a uniform and sacrifice for our freedoms . With "Act of War," Cheevers has created a magnificent historical narrative that reads like a great novel but accurately presents the facts. " Deseret News" ""Act of War" is international in scope, well written, and an enjoyable read....highly recommended....[a] gripping account of personal service, tragedy, sacrifice, and perseverance of the crew that played out within the heightened international tensions of the Cold War."" Proceedings" Sweeping in its power and importance as a historical document and absolutely riveting in its personal stories of sacrifice and heroism, "Act of War "is the best kind of narrative nonfiction. From the halls of power in Washington to the heaving seas of the Pacific and to the cold, stark torture rooms of Pyongyang, this book leaves no stone unturned. This is a masterwork by Jack Cheevers. I devoured "Act of War" the way I did "Flyboys," "Flags of our Fathers "and "Lost in Shangri-la." Michael Connelly, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Black Box" A riveting, superbly-researched, and revealing account of a Cold War clash at sea between the United States and North Korea and of the courageous captain of the "Pueblo," who stood up both to his brutal captors and to the Navy brass who tried to make him a scapegoat to cover up their own failures. David Wise, author of" Tiger Trap: America s Secret Spy War with China" Cheevers skillfully brings to life one of the most dramatic events of the Cold War, a story of torture, imprisonment, secret negotiations and White House deal making. Today, the "Pueblo "remains the only commissioned U.S. ship on display as a war trophy by a foreign government. "Act of War "sheds new light on how that happened, and at the same time it shows how quickly espionage, and miscalculation, can lead to all-out war. James Bamford, author of "Body of Secrets," "The Shadow Factory," and "The Puzzle Palace" Jack Cheevers is not only a terrific researcher but a master storyteller. "Act of War" reads like a Cold War thriller I couldn t put it down. James Scott, author of "The War Below" With vivid clarity, Cheevers tells the amazing story of the capture of the "Pueblo "and its crew one of many dangerous showdowns between North Korea and the U.S. A fascinating, well-rendered account of a little known episode in the on-going conflict on the Korean peninsula. Sheila Miyoshi Jager, author of "Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea" A fitting tribute to the "Pueblo "crew, a timely reminder of the nature of the North Korean regime (now developing nuclear weapons), and, not least, a great read. Jack F. Matlock, Jr., US Ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1987-91, and author of "Reagan and Gorbachev" Using a trove of declassified CIA materials and interviews, Cheevers provides a valuable new addition to our understanding of what happened in January 1968 when the North Koreans attacked and captured the USS "Pueblo." Larry Berman, author of "Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell Bud Zumwalt, Jr." Jack Cheevers' true account of the USS Pueblo will not only glue you to your seat, you'll be stunned anyone survived at all. John Geoghegan, author of "Operation Storm""

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