AUTHORWaller, Douglas C.
TITLEBig Red: Inside the Secret World of a Trident Nuclear Submarine
PUBLISHERUnited States Air Force Academy and Office of Air Force History Headquarters USAF
CITYWashington, DC

The author, a veteran Time magazine correspondent, describes life aboard the Nebraska, a Trident ballistic missile submarine, during a three-month patrol. He provides descriptions of members of the 156-man crew, their assigned tasks, and their attitudes towards their work. The book also reveals what were once top-secret as well as current (2001) procedures governing the decision to launch the submarine's weapons, including codes, fail-safe systems, and tactics for nuclear combat. It is a riveting account of the men who man the submarine, which is a sophisticated weapon system capable of launching 96 nuclear warheads.

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