Blind Man's Bluff by Sherry Sontag audiobook

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

By Sherry Sontag u00a0and Christopher Drew
Read by George K. Wilson

HarperAudio 9780060977719
15.78 Hours 1
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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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Enthralling real-life stories of American submarine spying that read as if torn from the pages of The Hunt for Red October.Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Sherry Sontag

Author Bio: Sherry Sontag

Sherry Sontag is an investigative journalist who, before turning to her book Blind Man’s Bluff, now a New York Times bestseller, 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, she 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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Author Bio: Christopher Drew

Author Bio: Christopher Drew

Christopher Drew is a special projects editor at the New York Times and has won numerous awards for his investigative reporting.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 15.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English