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

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HarperCollins, Oct 6, 1999 - History - 544 pages
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Includes a new afterword describing submariners' responses and reactions and a new appendix of all award-winning subs honored for service in Cold War espionage operations.

With 16 pages of black-and-white photos

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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

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

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A thoroughly enjoyable and educational read. If you like Tom Clancy's submarine stuff, you have probably already read this. If not, I'd definitely recommend it. I particularly liked the insights from ex-Soviet naval personnel, though there wasn't nearly enough of that. A very minor niggle. Read full review

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User Review  - Stephen Herron - Goodreads

A thoroughly enjoyable and educational read. If you like Tom Clancy's submarine stuff, you have probably already read this. If not, I'd definitely recommend it. I particularly liked the insights from ex-Soviet naval personnel, though there wasn't nearly enough of that. A very minor niggle. Read full review

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About the author (1999)


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.


Christopher Drew is an investigative reporter and projects editor at the New York Times. He joined the Times in 1995 after working for nearly a decade in the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Chicago Tribune, where he wrote about national security issues and won two awards from the White House Correspondents' Association. Drew also has worked for the Wall Street Journal and the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where he was born and raised and graduated from Tulane University.

Annette Lawrence Drew, the book's researcher, has a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University. She and Christopher Drew are married and live with their daughter, Celia, in Montclair, New Jersey.

Drew has a Ph.D. from Princeton.

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