Hostile Waters (book)

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Hostile Waters
Author Peter Huchthausen, Igor Kurdin and R. Alan White
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publication date
July 1997
ISBN 0-312-96612-1
OCLC 39750125

Hostile Waters (ISBN 0312966121) is a 1997 nonfiction book by Peter Huchthausen, Igor Kurdin and R. Alan White that describes the 1986 loss of the Soviet submarine K-219 off Bermuda.

With a foreword by Tom Clancy, it begins with a note to the reader:

The ordeal of the K-219 took place at the very height of the cold war. Much of its story is still shrouded in secrecy. Operations involving American submarines are simply not discussed by the United States Navy.

Ironically, it proved easier to obtain information from the Russians. Events portrayed in this book reflect that difference. Acts taken by, conversations held between, even the private thoughts of the crew of the K-219 are taken directly from their testimony or from the submarine's log.

Actions inside and maneuvers made by the American sub present at K-219's ordeal were reconstructed from Russian observations, American reports, interviews with many American naval officers and experts, and the author's long experience in naval affairs. Conversations and commands portrayed in the book may not be the actual words spoken, the commands sent, or the orders received.

Like any intelligence analysis, the authors had to reconstruct this story from multiple sources. Sometimes they disagreed on the details. Their substance, however, is true.

The paperback copy of the book featured black-and-white photos of the sub, the various men who served as the crew together with the authors.

There are 18 Chapters and an Appendix with the K-219's complement along with an extensive bibliography.