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Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage Paperback – October 3, 2000
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Little is known--and less has been published--about American submarine espionage during the Cold War. These submerged sentinels silently monitored the Soviet Union's harbors, shadowed its subs, watched its missile tests, eavesdropped on its conversations, and even retrieved top-secret debris from the bottom of the sea. In an engaging mix of first-rate journalism and historical narrative, Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, and Annette Lawrence Drew describe what went on.
"Most of the stories in Blind Man's Bluff have never been told publicly," they write, "and none have ever been told in this level of detail." Among their revelations is the most complete accounting to date of the 1968 disappearance of the U.S.S. Scorpion; the story of how the Navy located a live hydrogen bomb lost by the Air Force; and a plot by the CIA and Howard Hughes to steal a Soviet sub. The most interesting chapter reveals how an American sub secretly tapped Soviet communications cables beneath the waves. Blind Man's Bluff is a compelling book about the courage, ingenuity, and patriotism of America's underwater spies. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
In an unusually successful amalgam, veteran journalists Sontag and Christopher Drew combine a gripping story with admirable research to relate previously unknown information. Throughout the Cold War, the U.S. depended heavily on submarines for intelligence gathering, whether tracking Soviet missile subs, monitoring Soviet harbors and missile tests or, in some cases, retrieving lost Soviet equipment. The U.S.S.R. responded with everything from comprehensive espionage operations to depth charge attacks on particularly intrusive snoopers. The broad outlines of this clandestine confrontation are relatively familiar, but the details have largely remained secret. Although the authors have based their book largely on interviews with submariners, intelligence operatives and politicians, they recognize the possibility of distortion and back up personal accounts with an elaborate and convincing system of verification. While necessarily incomplete, the resulting work depicts what was arguably the most successful long-term, large-scale intelligence operation in American history. From captains to seamen, the participants combined technical proficiency, insouciant courage and a cheerful scorn for regulations that often interfered with their missions. That mind-set was hardly calculated to avoid direct confrontations, and accidental collisions were not uncommon. The authors nevertheless make a solid case that the risk of a destabilizing incident was far outweighed by the gains of the campaign?especially given the depth of mutual ignorance during the Cold War.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book covers the use of subs in the Cold War through to the (relatively) modern day. There are some really great moments of tension and bravery to be found, including an escape from a sub on fire that is harrowing to read. The true nature of being stuck in a metal tube in the middle of nowhere gets hammered home more than once, and the risk of massive vessels dancing around each other is a constant threat in the background. Even a story that doesn’t seem that tense, where the only real ‘attack’ is merciless pinging by Russian ships, takes on a new dimension when you factor in how far from safety these sailors were. It’s actually a bit astonishing how much of this was able to go on without a major incident or full out war.
If you’re a sub hound like I am, you’ll find a lot to like in Blind Man’s Bluff. This is really a snapshot that shows the submarine in a way we’ll likely never see again.
The military clearances/ratings have always operated on a “NEED TO KNOW”---basis in what ever operation one may be involved in and it was a masterpiece of journalism for them to get theses men to talk about such events and operations knowing the potential for violations of the oaths military men take when engaged in such covert operations as described herein. The stories related in this book showed the trials and tribulations the men had to undergo as well as their loved ones who where left in the dark when these men were deployed and not knowing when or IF ever their love ones will return form their deployment. I liked the research and documentation they presented through out this book ---- it was varied and resourceful enough for a skeptic to accept as factual------ like Naval History, Navy War College to name a few they utilized to add substance to this book and to insure these stories were as unbiased as possible—although one can not write and be unbiased in my opinion!
I would recommend reading of this book to others who enjoy covert sea stories or ex Navy veterans with the exception--”DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ” until verified many times over by reliable sources.
Men who plow the sea know only too well that the sea can be the greatess FOE besides the enemy that they may encounter while out on patrol as well as accidents like fires or undersea collisions with other subs or undersea obstacles like mountains they were not charted, etc.
More than anything this book portrayed the spirit and soul of submarine sailors in my opinion and a little bit about espionage from the sub mariner viewpoint but as one ex sub-mariner expressed in his review titled ---”ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG" is a vast understatement!!!
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