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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,672 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, Annette Lawrence Drew Narrator: Tony Roberts Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 submarines 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, all hands lost, thirty 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.

Blind Man's Bluff contains an unforgettable array of characters, including the cowboy sub commander who brazenly outraced torpedoes and couldn't resist sneaking up to within feet of unaware enemy subs. It takes us inside clandestine Washington meetings where top submarine captains briefed presidents and where the espionage war was planned one sub and one dangerous encounter at a time. Stretching from the years immediately after World War II to the present-day operations of the Clinton Administration, it is an epic story of daring and deception. A magnificent achievement in investigative reporting, it feels like a spy thriller, but with one important difference'everything in it is true.

Read by Tony Roberts.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling study of magnificent men and spying machines…Thrilling…Sontag and Drew introduce us to one of the least know and most harrowing battlefields of the superpower conflict.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Vividly told, impressively documented, and persuasively argued…Honors must go to the steel-nerved captains and crews whose dangerous and daring exploits are given an unparalleled and sometimes hair-raising rendition.”

    New York Times

  • “Brilliant…Full of hair-raising stories of men in peril under the sea.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A tale that has the Navy refusing to comment and retired submariners rejoicing that their story is finally being told…Espionage missions described in this book are among the most sensitive and secret intelligence operations of the Cold War. Most have never been described in detail, if at all, and the Navy to this day refuses to acknowledge them publicly.”

    Associated Press

  • “In an unusually successful amalgam, veteran journalists Sontag and Christopher Drew combine a gripping story with admirable research to relate previously unknown information…depicts what was arguably the most successful long-term, large-scale intelligence operation in American history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Enthralling real-life stories of American submarine spying that read as if torn from the pages of The Hunt for Red October, full of high-tech high-jinks and human drama.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Ulissey | 2/16/2014

    " Great history of submarine espionage! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chelsea allen | 2/11/2014

    " A great book that has thrills at every turn!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jon | 1/29/2014

    " There is nothing more suspenseful than a submarine tale! This one combines the tension of submarine warefare with the ultra secret world of cold war intelligence collection in a most unusual way. I loved it. Recommend to all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristi Willard | 1/29/2014

    " One of my all-time favorite books. A little spying, intrigue, mechanics, and huge personalities: all wrapped up in well-researched truth. "

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