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Although President Johnson ordered U.S. ships and aircraft off the North Korean coast and talked tough in public, he secretly negotiated with the North Koreans for a peaceful solution.

The last part of “Act of War” deals with the Navy’s inquiry of the incident, with some Navy brass placing most of the blame on Bucher. However, the general public proclaimed Bucher and his crew to be heroes. I suspect readers of “Act of War” will as well.

Paul Davis, a Navy veteran who served on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War, is a writer who covers law enforcement, intelligence and the military.