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Blind Man's Bluff

The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
Narrated by: Tony Roberts
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: History, Military
4.5 out of 5 stars (431 ratings)

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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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Blind Man's Bluff

Well Done!

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Qualified in submarines in June 1964

This is by far one of the best books on the Cold War that I have read, My enlistment ran from October ‘63 to August '88. During that time I met people in this book and even sailed with some. This book filled in a lot gaps and holes in my memory.

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Great book

Great! Book is for everyone who wants to know about the cold War. Outstanding for all

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Inside Look to US Naval History

Immensely fascinating. Learning the history that was secret for so long. Was recommended to me some one who was a former submariner saying “ If you really want to know about subs read this boo.” It definitely lived up to his suggestion.

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  • 06-30-16

great

I enjoyed it very good book lots of interesting information on a secretive group. a fun book.

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  • 06-19-18

Interesting Story

I quite liked this, listened to the whole story in just 2 sittings, I wish it were a little longer.
But all in all a good listen and an interesting insight in to what was going on behind the scenes during the cold war.