Blind Man's Bluff by Sherry Sontag
The Untold Story Of American Submarine Espionage

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Over the course of five years, investigative reporters Sherry Sontag and Chris Drew interviewed hundreds of men who had never spoken about their underwater lives—not even to their wives and children. They uncovered a wealth of classified information: the tapping of undersea Soviet telephone cables, the stealing of Soviet weapons, the tragic collisions of enemy submarines. They tell of medals awarded in secret and deaths disguised with disinformation. Blind Man's Bluff is a critical work of history that reads with all the excitement of a Tom Clancy novel and all the tragedy of Das Boot.

About Sherry Sontag

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  Sherry Sontagis a former staff writer for theNational Law Journaland has written forThe New York Times.Christopher Drewis a special projects editor at theNew York Timesand has won numerous awards for his investigative reporting.Annette Lawrence Drew, the book's researcher, has a Ph.D. from Princeton.
Published March 4, 2008 by PublicAffairs. 384 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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With materials combed from newspaper reports, American and Soviet archives, and the testimonies of officers and servicemen that could come forward only with the end of the Cold War, Blind Man’s Bluff looks at one of the hottest theaters of that era—the ocean depths, and how submarines have been u...

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Throughout the Cold War, the U.S. depended heavily on submarines for intelligence gathering, whether tracking Soviet missile subs, monitoring Soviet harbors and missile tests or, in some cases, retrieving lost Soviet equipment.

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Perhaps the best examples of this are the cable taps installed by U.S. Navy nuclear submarines in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Barents Sea to monitor the communications of the Soviet Pacific and Atlantic submarine fleets.

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