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Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage Paperback – April 5, 2016
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About the Author
Christopher Drew is a special projects editor at the New York Times and has won numerous awards for his investigative reporting.
Annette Lawrence Drew, the book's researcher, has a PhD from Princeton.
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Now, I have completed the e-reader version and again i'm amazed once more as this later version extended the book version successfully and I thank the authors, sincerely and with best regards.
The book succeeded beyond my expectations. The authors did an excellent job describing the missions and their importance to the American intelligence efforts. But, the technical descriptions were not the features of the book that impressed me the most. Instead, I was greatly impressed by the dedication, ingenuity, and bravery of the men who were depicted in the book. Whether named or not, these men are all depicted as showing an incredibly strong sense of duty. The authors do a great job of showing that this sense was necessary in order to cope with the various emotional and physical strains that submarine service inflicted. Readers of the book will come away with the same feeling of admiration for these men that the authors clearly feel.
Blind Man's Bluff isn't perfect. Several of the incidents are told in a "breathless" style that is more suited for a work of fiction than a piece of non-fiction. And the book does suffer from a slight lack of details, which is undoubtedly a result of the still classified nature of these missions. But these are minor quibbles. The book is a must read for anyone who is interested in American military efforts, and a should-be-read by anyone who wants to know just how some of their defense dollars were spent.
The book details the story of the submarine in the U.S. Navy for the duration of the Cold War. It picks up shortly after WWII with some of the very first "spy" subs and it carries thru all the way to the end of the standoff in the early 1990s. The book is filled with detailed information (much of it only recently declassified) on submarine trackings, submarine sinkings, underwater collisions, cable wire-tappings and much more.
One of the best features of the work is that it explores the risks and exploits of the submarine force from the personal, military, political, legal, scientific and ethical realms. We are not only offered the stories of these sailors' accomplishments, but we're also given a snapshot of who these brave men are / were. Anecdotes are plentiful and are inclusive of everyone from the legendary Hyman Rickover all the way down to the lowliest E-1s.
This book is a must for all military history buffs - particularly navy / submarine aficionados. It's well written, difficult to set down and is a wonderful introduction to the cloak-and-dagger world of submarine surveillance and espionage. If you want to know what REALLY happens beneath the blue curtain, then this is the book for you!