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Blind Mans Bluff: The Untold Story of Cold…

Blind Mans Bluff: The Untold Story of Cold War Submarine Espionage (1998)

by Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew

Other authors: Annette Lawrence Drew

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The information was interesting, but the way that the author conveyed it made it seem dull. ( )
1 vote NicoleSch | Jun 1, 2016 |
A good read if you are into the development of submarines through the cold war. ( )
  tillywern | Apr 21, 2016 |
Collisions between submarines is not fanciful idea. In 1998 two U.S. nuclear subs collided off Long Island. (http://www.armscontrol.ru/subs/collisions/comm0319.htm) Blind Man's Bluff, a book I read several years ago, is the non-fictional account of U.S. submarine espionage. Sontag reports several incidents of cold war submarines colliding, one that may have even resulted in the loss of a U.S. sub. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
An exciting look at the history of submarine warfare during the Cold War, with stories of how U.S. and Soviet subs stole secrets and tracked each other, including several fatal accidents and numerous close calls.
  SteveJohnson | Jul 22, 2013 |
interesting but ultimately unsatisfying detailing of Cold War submarine warfare and technology
  FKarr | Apr 8, 2013 |
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Sherry Sontagprimary authorall editionscalculated
Drew, Christophermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Drew, Annette Lawrencesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberts, TonyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weltzien, Diane vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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After all, submarining has always been a game of blind man's bluff. - A top submarine admiral
And every man on board knew,
When the going got rough,
In this game of "Blind Man's Bluff,"
Somehow he'd pull her through.

Lyrics from "The Ballad of Whity Mack,"an ode to a submarine captain by Tommy Cox, submariner and spook
To the men who lived these tales, and especially to those who shared them with us.
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You gotta be nuts," Harris M. Austin Grumbled under his breath as he watched the ugliest-looking piece of junk he had ever seen pull into the British naval base in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
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1. A Deadly Beginning

2. Whiskey A-Go-Go

3. Turn to the deep

4. Velvet Fist

5. Death of a Submarine

6. "The Ballad of Whitey Mack"

7. "Here She Comes..."

8. "Oshkosh B'Gosh"

9. The $500 Million Sand Castle

10. Triumph and Crisis

11. The Crown Jewels

12. Trust but Verify


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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 006097771X, Paperback)

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

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Chronicles the history of American submarine espionage and discusses how submarines were used to tap underwater telephone cables in Russia, how the Navy might have been able to save the men on the USS Scorpion, and how the fight between the CIA and the Navy almost ruined one of the most important American undersea missions.… (more)

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