The Last Sentry
The True Story that Inspired The Hunt for Red October
Gregory D Young & Nate Braden
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Providing inspiration for Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October, the 1975 mutiny aboard the Soviet destroyer Storozhevoy (translated Sentry) aimed at nothing less than the overthrow of Leonid Brezhnev and the Soviet government. Valery Sablin, a brilliant young political officer, seized control of the ship by convincing half the officers and all of the sailors to sail to Leningrad, where they would launch a new Russian Revolution. Suppressed in the Soviet Union for fifteen years, Young (the first American to uncover the mutiny twenty years ago) and Braden finally tell the untold story relying on recently declassified KGB documents as well as the Sablin family's papers. It is a gripping account of a disillusioned idealist forced to make the agonizing choice between working within or destroying the system he is sworn to protect.
From Publishers Weekly
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This is an outstanding book, for those interested in the real motivations and the real horror of the Soviet experience in the cold war. Fans of the "Red October" narrative of Soviet defectors will be disappointed, but the real story of a real ship and crew trying to fight back against an oppressive regime is even more impressive.
It will come to the surprise of many in the west, that the mutiny aboard a Soviet warship was NOT to defect- as Western observers might imagine- rather the ship mutinied in an attempt to steam to Leningrad and raise the red flag of revolution, in the tradition of the battleship Potemkin.
Finally, for those interested in the actual workings of the Soviet maybe in the Soviet Armed Forces there is a lot here.