Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
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, ingen...more
And suspenseful as hell.
As to the fate of the Scorpion, the authors leave us baffled regarding the causes; first they relate a Nav ...more
So I did. It turns out that it wasn't just silly, it was INSANE. The book isn't spectacularly well-written, and it's definitely the kind of thing that makes people look at you like a geek, but wow. This is how the Cold War was run, according to the confidential interviews and investigative journal ...more
This isn't a history book, this is a New York Times Bestselling Anecdote book. The anecdotes are a collection of amusing, horrifying, blood pumping, low grade jingoist bar room stories. And taken as that, it is a very enjoyable read and why it doesn't get only one star.
I think that without the Prologue and Afterword I could taken the book for what it is. Unfortunately, the Prologue proclaims that after years and years of hard research the authors can fina ...more
Growing up on the east coast I had been around both fast attack and SSBN submarine veterans almost my entire adult life. Of course, my two best subvet friends, an E-9 and a Captain, wouldn't tell me jack shit about any of the missions they had ever been on due to the 1000 year non-disclosure forms the Navy had them sign at the height of the cold war. W ...more
What I give the authors huge credit for is that, while it would be easy to just talk about facts and figures and dates, they went the extra step. A lot of what is discussed, especially towards the end, is the toll that both the mission ...more
It's always spectacular to understand the details of how these ships operate and grew in their ability to pull off daring feats so deep under our oceans' surface. In that regard this book reall ...more
The authors do an exceptional job weaving the facts together into compelling stories that are both gripping and informat ...more
Before reading this book, most have a perception of the submarine force consisting of two main missions, attack subs ...more
The development of the US and Soviet fleets is tracked as are the accidents, incidents, and tragedies. The researchers have done a phenomenol job of digging deeply into the stories t ...more
"Can't. Classified. But, if you really want to know, read Blind Man's Bluff."
I read it, and I was stunned. I thought the flight deck was the most exciting and the most dangerous place a man could be. I was w ...more
Well, sometimes the truth surpasses fiction. Blind Man's Bluff covers some of the most harrowing intelligence battles of the Cold War from the point of vie ...more
Whilst some of the narrative is overly dramatic and emotive, it does add that 'rollicking good naval fiction' feel, which may make it easier reading for the casual enthusiast.
Definitely a book that anyone with a naval or intelligence backgr ...more
Three Stars: Entertaining and worth reading, but dragged down by an ending that tries to do too much.