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,...more
Declassification and the Freedom of Information Act cleared the way for public disclosure of these covert, top secret ops. This is Spy vs Spy played out on a global scale, with dire consequences for anyo ...more
I am sure many if not most of us have watched one or many movies about how tribes ,city states and kingdoms in the long past, perhaps in the Middle Age era, screwing each other with spears, swords, arrows and stone throwers.
We spent many hours in the darkened belly of theater, excited, thrilled ,gaping mouthed while in the silver screen the wild half naked warriors in horse backs butchering each other
That was in dry land.
In rivers and ocean, we watched warships driven by chained slave ...more
As to the fate of the Scorpion, the authors leave us baffled regarding the causes; first they relate a Navy anal ...more
And suspenseful as hell. ...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 journalism of the a ...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 finally (and exclusively) te ...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. While they bo ...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
Before reading this book, most have a perception of the submarine force consisting of two main missions, a ...more
There are a lot of details and name ...more
Flash forward to my desire to enlist in the US Navy during my senior year of high school, which didn't last - but nearly led to Annapolis and/or Submarine School...
Nevertheless, it was amazing to read about covert submarine o ...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
Written like a novel with true tales about real people, this is definitely a book I will revisit periodically in my life.
The authors do an exceptional job weaving the facts together into compelling stories that are both gripping and informative. By read ...more