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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

Critic Reviews

"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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 05-04-07

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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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • Stanwood, WA, USA
  • 02-13-10

Blind Man's Bluff

Well Done!

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  • C
  • Cary, NC, United States
  • 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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Abridged! Ugg.

I read the book and the audio book LEFT OUT some of the best stories. The story itself is great, I'm just disappointed they left so much out.

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As good as any adventure story. But this one is true.

My father worked on some of the missions and projects described in the book. So it's pretty amazing to imagine what that must have been like.

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Not a submariner, but a sailor nonetheless

No wonder they have been pulling this particular book from navy library. This book is awesome and recommend it to sailors out there!