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The Submarine: Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Submarine Paperback – 6 Dec 1993

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (6 Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006379478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006379478
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since the publication of The Hunt for Red October, Tom Clancy has established an unrivalled position as the world's leading thriller writer, with a string of million-selling novels and three major Hollywood films to his name. He is also the author of SSN and the non-fiction books Submarine, Armoured Warfare, Fighter Wing and Marine.

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Never before seen by the general public: a rare glimpse inside both a Royal Navy and a US Navy nuclear submarine – with Tom Clancy as your guide.

Only the author of 'Hunt for Red October' could capture the reality of life aboard a nuclear submarine. Only a writer of Tom Clancy's importance could obtain security clearance for information, diagrams and photographs not previously available to the public. Now, for the first time, every civilian can enter this top-secret world and experience the drama and excitement of this stunning technological achievement… the weapons, the procedures, the people themselves… the startling facts behind the fiction that made Tom Clancy a No 1 best-seller.

'Submarine' includes:
• A tour of the Royal Navy Trafalgar-class nuclear submarine HMS Triumph
• A tour of the US Navy Los Angeles class nuclear submarine USS Miami
• Exclusive photographs, illustrations and diagrams
• Mock war scenarios and weapons launch procedures
• An inside look at life on board, from captain to crew, from training exercises to operations
• The fascinating history and evolution of submarines
• Tom Clancy's controversial views on submariner tactics and training methods.

About the Author

Since the phenomenal worldwide success of ‘‘The Hunt for Red October’, his controversial, ground-breaking first novel, Tom Clancy has become one of the world’s fastest-selling thriller writers. Three of his novels have been made into highly successful films: ‘The Hunt for Red October’, ‘Patriot Games’ and ‘Clear and Present Danger’. He is also the author of several non-fiction books on military subjects, and the co-creator of the ‘Op-Centre’ series. He lives in Maryland, USA.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Moules on 17 Sept. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tom Clancy doesn't write every book with his name on, but this one he surely did. His earlier novels made into films propelled him to fame, and none more so that The Hunt for Red October". I was all based on his interest in such technical things in the military, and this ist he factual version, complete with a low down on all submarines in the worlds major powers, with the focus on the deadliest US boats.
Technical terms are explained, and the feel of living on such a vessel is conveyed, from the torpedo room to the bunks (no-one except the captain gets his own) and even the kitchen (no larger than yours probably) is defined in detail.
All the systems are explained, from that which fires the weapons, to the fire-fighting equipment. Strangely, the principle reason for a nuclear submarines existence is only scantily described, perhaps because that aspect lacks the glory of the morally superior coventional weapons role. I found it tragically amusing that the plain fact that these beasts are probably the most dangerous pieces of hardware ever concieved by mankind is left unsaid. Teh fact that vessels such as the USS Thresher sank without recovery is mentioned, but the implications of a reactor melt-down in the ocean (which would make Tchernobyl look like a picnic in the park) is completely unexplored. Of course now, all these years later, we can all thank God that even with the Kursk disaster that didn't happen, but a third of the world's seas could then be contaminated.
What is explored is really every other aspect of building, maintaining, manning and commanding subs. The training that recruits receive especially at Captain level is explained, and here comes the surprise. Despite Tom Clancey's patriotism, he confesses that no one does it better than...the British!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
An excellent book, both for reference and simple pleasure-reading. It balances the hard facts of SSNs with interesting history, views of the future, and views on the sub community as a whole. Definitely recommended to anyone with a desire to learn more about this intriguing branch of the military.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "i_love_this_job" on 5 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is about all submarines and their pasts this book takes you on a tour around and American Los Angles attack submarine and the British Trafalgar attack class. It also gives photos of the wepons in action. This book gives all submarines used by all well known submarine nations up untill 1990.
The does not however go into the reactors and how they work althogh it dose give russian submarine in good detail which is quite unusal for a book of this time.
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I loved this book. I'm a 37 year old housewife and mum of 3, so not your average military history enthusiast lol! Anyway, I live in NW Scotland on the coast where they hold submarine training and war games every year and I see submarines bobbing up and down a lot. Remember when HMS Astute ran aground? Well, I was on the shore taking pictures and having a nervous giggle at the poor souls on board! I've always been interested in how submarines work and I've had a couple of opportunities to board a couple of diesel ones in the past. Being a girl though, I was always too embarrassed to ask those on board about how the systems work etc, so this book was very interesting. It's a bit dated now, but it's still very much an entertaining read full of relevant things. I like to read Tom Clancy books anyway and his love for these magnificent machines is obvious in this book. Also, Patrick Robinson's novels are fantastic and he acknowledges how sneakily brilliant submarines are. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who isn't a marine engineer or nuclear reactor specialist! It's easy enough to follow but doesn't make you feel like a numpty for not already knowing the processes involved in building and operating them. Also, this might sound a bit weird, but this book is actually quite big! Yeah yeah, women and size.....ha ha! But, it's a nice size and makes it feel like reading a reference book and not some pithy wee leaflet! I bought it from an Amazon seller and the price was very low even with postage. I was sure it would be all tatty when it arrived, but I was very happy to find it pretty much immaculate. Delivery to us up the top of Britain can sometimes take a while, but again, the seller delivered it quickly and well packaged. All in all. I'm delighted with the book and the seller. By the way.....I'm blonde and I understood everything in this beauty, so anyone out there who reckons old, blonde wifeys aren't too clever can kiss my hairy sporran! Cheers!
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Format: Paperback
Mr Clancy, using his extensive contacts amongst the USN and RN submariner communities, gives the non professional reader an insight into the very different world of submarines. Setting the format for the subsequent series, he gives an informative overview of the theories, weapons, technologies, and most importantly the men that constitute a modern SSN (no diesel boats here). The core of the book consists of a guided tour around two SSN's: the USS Miami, an American 688I , and HMS Triumph, a UK Trafalgar class boat.
Finally he rounds up with an analysis of possible employment scenarios, avoiding the mini story format that I reckon has marred his later works in this series, and a brief overview of the major classes of submarine employed around the world.
This is probably the closest the man in the street is going to get in understanding the men and machines of the submarine world.
(especially recommended for skimmers)
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