Stalin's Silver - John BeasantBloomsbury, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper notably rubbed. Pages lightly age-tanned.
2nd Impression. [First Edition: Same Year] Illustrated with colour photographs & maps. From the cover: “On the night of 28 August 1944 three torpedoes from the German submarine U-859 sank the American merchant ship USS John Barry in the Arabian Sea off the eastern seaboard of Oman. The holds of the Barry contained 3 million silver Saudi riyals worth $80 million and over $300 million in silver bullion. The 7200-ton ship broke into two pieces and sank to a depth of 8500 feet, more than one and a half miles. For forty-five years the great depth of the wreck ruled out any thoughts of salvage. However, in 1989 salvage rights were acquired by Sheikh Ahmed Farid al Aulaqi who engaged the French International Maritime Institute and Jean Roux, leader of the team which recovered artefacts from the Titanic. Roux and his team have developed technology which has resulted in an operation of deep-sea recovery never before possible. In Stalin’s Silver the story of the USS John Barry is recreated with the help of living survivors, including one of the German U-boat officers, and the mystery of the intended destination of $300 million in silver is resolved. Stalin’s Silver is as much a sensational story of politics and intrigue between governments during World War II as it is the story of the salvage of the world’s most valuable and mysterious sunken treasure.”