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Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage | [Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew]

Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage

No espionage missions have been kept more secret than those involving American submarines. Blind Man's Bluff reveals for the first time how the Navy sent subs wired with self-destruct charges into the heart of Soviet seas to tap crucial underwater telephone cables, as well as other secrets as deep as the sea.
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Publisher's Summary

No espionage missions have been kept more secret than those involving American submarines. Now Blind Man's Bluff shows for the first time how the Navy sent subs wired with self-destruct charges into the heart of Soviet seas to tap crucial underwater telephone cables. It unveils how the Navy's own negligence might have been responsible for the loss of the USS Scorpion, a submarine that disappeared, with all hands lost, 30 years ago. It tells the complete story of the audacious attempt to steal a Soviet submarine with the help of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, and how it was doomed from the start. And it reveals how the Navy used the comforting notion of deep-sea rescue vehicles to hide operations that were more James Bond than Jacques Cousteau.

©1998 Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew; (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Enthralling." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This is the kind of non-fiction that drives people like me crazy. Why? Because it's almost impossible to make up stuff this good." (John Weisman, author of the Rogue Warrior series)

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    David Portland, OR, USA 05-04-07
    David Portland, OR, USA 05-04-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Wow This is an amazing listen"

    This book amazed me and gave me insight on how much we really did to win the cold war....we were by far more involved that I ever imagined...

    Straight up, it's exciting, heartbreaking, and amazing!

    You MUST listen to this book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Al May Bridgeport, New York United States 06-01-03
    Al May Bridgeport, New York United States 06-01-03 Listener Since 2003
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    "Hero's ALL"

    I was a CT "spook" during the 60's while some of these missions were going on. I can believe everything in the stories. It's all true.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada 03-21-13
    Michael Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada 03-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My first dissapointment with Audible"
    What disappointed you about Blind Man's Bluff?

    The book seemed too topical. I'm familiar with the topic and this really seemed like it was research background for a book but really lacked depth and lustre. I've been following non fiction lately and was really pleased with War by Junger, American Sniper by Chris Kyle, and also House to House stood up fairly well. Before joining audible I had read Iron Coffins and the story of U505 as well as Tom Clancey's Red October as well as a few other titles I can't recall. Anyway to me there was nothing new here, and it seemed sort of like I was being read a synosis compiled from Wikipedia. I was hoping for a lot more.


    What was most disappointing about Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew ’s story?

    Really no pop, nothing enthralling. I think a well researched fiction could be more educational. I'm not a huge Clancy fan but I'll give him this at least, his research and level of detail are top shelf. The background bits in Red October are better than this account.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I must say the narration was also flat. I didn't realize how much good narration could add to a story but it does, but not in this case. The narration also seemed flat. I'd say adequate would be true, but also, no pop.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There was a New York Times, or New Yorker stories worth of interesting stuff in there but not a books worth. Looks elsewhere for the exploits of the Halibut and the Parchee and you'll have the most interesting parts of the book. That info can be found by some googling.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry to say I can't recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Stanwood, WA, USA 02-13-10
    Eric Stanwood, WA, USA 02-13-10
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    "Blind Man's Bluff"

    Well Done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Nyack, NY, United States 01-25-09
    Kevin Nyack, NY, United States 01-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Breath'n my air"

    Great book, well read. As a member of the silent service, I listened to those before us and enjoyed the history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Benton City, WA, United States 11-14-12
    Terry Benton City, WA, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Interesting, but...."

    While this book is neither well-written, nor well-read, it does contain interesting information about the use of submarines, diesel and nuclear, during the Cold War. It provides insight into the decision-making processes of those in the government as well as in the submarine service. If this a subject you already have knowledge of, don't bother. If not, I at least found it interesting.

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    William E. Keels Walker, LA, US 04-03-12
    William E. Keels Walker, LA, US 04-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "VERY interesting information"
    What made the experience of listening to Blind Man's Bluff the most enjoyable?

    It presented facts from different sources that brought the story of the Glomar Explorer and K129 into very sharp focus.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are really no identifiable characters in that this is a true story of SPY vs SPY in the major leagues.


    Did Tony Roberts do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Story was well read but would benefit from sme perceptive editing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    My schedule did not allow this but I would certainly have done so if I could.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be read with Scorpion Down to see the entire picture of the the intelligence capabilities and use of subs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Clifton, VA, United States 09-23-11
    Tom Clifton, VA, United States 09-23-11
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    "Great Navy History"

    This is a fun read read and an engrossing look into the great game of the Cold War. Just which the audio was not abridged.

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    KENNETH Exton, PA, United States 08-25-11
    KENNETH Exton, PA, United States 08-25-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Good info, interesting stories, but ..."

    ... it is more like a set of story pieces from the 60 year history of the use of subs in military intelligence gathering.... and less like a truly connected tale (or even history). The book basically lacks an arc. Also, the audiobook is abridged, and I think the connectivity across the years may get further disjointed as a result. Lastly, at almost every step it seemd as if both the author(s) and the narrator tried too hard to interject slightly heightened (yet transparent) drama whenever possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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