Washington Independent Review of Books

"In The Taking of K-129, Josh Dean has masterfully unspooled a Cold War story of derring-do, spycraft, and deception reminiscent of the novels of John Le Carré. It’s an incredible tale." Read the whole review here.

C-Span Book TV

C-SPAN came out to Seattle and the excellent UBookstore to film a chat between me and my friend Stockton Rush, founder of OceanGate. Watch it here

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Coast to Coast AM

I had a great time staying up late to chat with Coast to Coast AM, entertaining America's insomniacs and truckers. Definitely the first time I've opened for a guy who talked about spontaneous human combustion! I don't think I can embed it, but here's the link to the show's site, which has a player.

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New York Daily News


One of the most astonishing covert operations in U.S. history is detailed by author Josh Dean in his new book “The Taking of K-129." The tale, a spy story on steroids, arrives in stores on Sept. 5. 

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In his new bookThe Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History, out September 5, author Josh Dean takes readers on a fascinating—and optimistic—journey through this strange saga. 

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Popular Mechanics


5 Things About America's Daredevil Mission to Salvage a Soviet Nuclear Sub

The new book The Taking of K-129 by Josh Dean outlines this wild chapter in maritime history. 

Read more here.

The International Spy Museum SpyCast

Talking to people about the book is always fun. Talking to Vince Houghton, chief historian for the International Spy Museum, on his weekly SpyCast podcast, is especially fun. I'm not sure how to embed this, but you can listen here.

Entertainment Weekly

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People Magazine


The New York Post

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USA Today

Or read it online, here:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2017/09/18/new-book-how-howard-hughes-helped-cia-steal-russian-sub/659681001/

Or read it online, here


Wall Street Journal

Money quote: "Josh Dean’s “The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History” is an absorbing, suspenseful chronicle of a remarkable Cold War episode." Read the whole thing, here.

NPR All Things Considered


'The Taking Of K-129': How The CIA Stole A Sunken Soviet Sub Off The Ocean Floor

Listen to it here (I can't figure out how to embed it.)

The Verge

"Author and journalist Josh Dean’s new book is The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History and tells the story of the project, which aimed to grab the sub from its resting place — three miles below the surface of the ocean. Spearheaded by the CIA and funded by a top secret black budget, the program required numerous uninvented technologies, an outrageous vehicle to carry and implement them, and a fantastical cover story to keep the Russians and the public in the dark—one that unexpectedly helped jump start the existence of an entire industry..." 


The War College Podcast

I spent a fun 45 minutes talking Azorian with the excellent War College podcast, hosted by former Reuters reporters Jason Fields and Matthew Gault. Features a surprise appearance by Acoustic Kitty (RIP). Listen here:

The Army Wives Network Podcast

Featured guest, Josh Dean, tells about his latest book, The Taking of K-129a riveting, almost unbelievable true-life tale of military history, engineering genius, and high-stakes spy-craft set during the height of the Cold War, when nuclear annihilation was a constant fear, and the opportunity to gain even the slightest advantage over your enemy was worth massive risk.

Army Wife Talk Radio is the leading internet talk radio show for Army wives, by Army wives. AWTR is hosted by the Army Wife Network Core Team - www.ArmyWifeNetwork.com. AWTR guests bring exciting, relevant topics and resources to the attention of our military families.