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It is really an interesting book that covers both the lobsterfishing industry as well as lobster biology.

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Thank you. It’s now on our list.

By the way, and speaking of Red October, how prescient was the screenplay written before the 1990 release in naming the zampolit, played by Peter Firth.

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I would really like to know the source of Tom Clancy’s intel…

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Gregory Young wrote his PhD thesis on the mutiny aboard the Storozhevoy. It was filed in the US Navy library. Later Young received a letter from a guy who said he was an insurance salesman writing his first book and wanted to discuss the Storozhevoy with him. Of course that insurance salesman was Tom Clancy who went on to write the best seller Hunt for Red October then on to write something like 30 books. Pretty amazing.

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Wow - yes, very interesting! I’m sure he had other high placed sources as well, he knew and wrote about stuff that was still classified. I always thought his (premature) death was a little hush hush too.

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@Eiron - I was looking for a new biography to read and stumbled on this and remembered reading a post from you about her. Just thought I’d drop it here in case you still visit the site and might be interested.

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Awesome, thanks! The documentary I watched about her was fascinating. And her work (that they showed) was extraordinary. :camera:

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Not Clancy, but Hagberg and Gindin, so it’s “food in non-fiction”. From Mutiny at page 28 about food aboard the anti-submarine vessel Storozhevoy:

"Curiously, despite the the bland monotonous food . . .

“Every morning after exercise the enlisted men are served kasha, which is gruel made of hulled buckwheat, and a couple thin pieces of bread with a little butter, while the officers are served a special kasha made of processed oatmeal, cheese, kielbasa sausages, and as much good bread and butter as they can eat.”

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Used to go to the library when I was a kid. Then I started going to the British Council library. Those days my work place had a video membership. 2 Videos at a time. No one in my workplace used it and so the library card was virtually my own. I watched quite a lot of British films those days, free. They have a good stock of books too, from which I benefited a lot.
I stopped going there when the local staff started bossing around and being very rude.

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