The Capture of the USS Pueblo

The Incident, the Aftermath and the Motives of North Korea

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WINTER 2018-2019

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About the Book

For President Lyndon Johnson, 1968 was a year of calamity, including the hijacking of the USS Pueblo in international waters off North Korea. After a fierce, one-sided attack by the North Korean Navy, the lightly armed spy ship was captured and its 83 crewmen taken hostage, imprisoned and tortured for nearly a year before being released.
How and why did the Navy, the National Security Agency and the Johnson administration place the Pueblo in such an untenable situation? What drove Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s autocrat, to gamble on hijacking a ship belonging to the world’s most powerful nation?
Drawing on extensive research, including summaries of White House meetings and conversations, the author answers these questions and reviews the events and flawed decisions that led to Pueblo’s capture.

About the Author(s)

James Duermeyer is the award winning author of five previous historical fiction novels. He is a retired U.S. Navy Commander and lives in the Fort Worth area of Texas.

Bibliographic Details

James Duermeyer
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 50 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7540-4
Imprint: McFarland