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

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Harper Collins, Oct 3, 2000 - History - 432 pages
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For decades American submarines have roamed the depths in a dangerous battle for information and advantage in missions known only to a select few. Now, after six years of research, those missions are told in Blind Man's Bluff, a magnificent achievement in investigative reporting. It reads like a spy thriller -- except everything in it is true. This is an epic of adventure, ingenuity, courage, and disaster beneath the sea, a story filled with unforgettable characters who engineered daring missions to tap the enemy's underwater communications cables and to shadow Soviet submarines. It is a story of heroes and spies, of bravery and tragedy.

  

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It's very well researched, and easy to read. - Goodreads
A thoroughly enjoyable and educational read. - Goodreads
Gripping, well researched, well written. - Goodreads
A bit of insight into Admiral Rickover. - Goodreads
A rare blend of intrigue and meticulous research. - Goodreads
This was entertaining and educational; I enjoyed it. - Goodreads

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Scholarly, riveting at times, the real life Hunt For Red October. Very educational. Read full review

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A fascinating account of real people on (or in) the high seas. I found it interesting how much of spy work then (and maybe now) is low-tech but brilliant ideas. Read full review

Contents

A Deadly Beginning
1
Whiskey AGoGo
27
Turn to the Deep
50
Velvet Fist
71
Death of a Submarine
96
The Ballad of Whitey Mack
132
Here She Comes
152
Oshkosh BGosh
171
The 500 Million Sand Castle
199
Triumph and Crisis
227
The Crown Jewels
252
Trust but Verify
283
Notes
343
Acknowledgments
383
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Sherry Sontag is an investigative journalist who, before turning to Blind Man's Bluff, was a staff writer for the National Law Journal. While there, she wrote about the Soviet Union, international affairs, and domestic scandals in securities and banking. Prior to that, Sontag wrote for the New York Times. A lifelong resident of New York, she has degrees from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Barnard College.

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