From the end of World War II to the present, the U.S. submarine service played a deadly cat and mouse game of underwater espionage with the Soviet Union. Blind Man's Bluff is a detailed history of that espionage. It begins with the early days of the Cold War and the sinking of the "Cochino," as well as the near loss of the "Gudgeon" to a Soviet sub. With the advent of nuclear submarines, the story continues with the loss of the "Scorpion" and all hands on board, the remarkable recovery of a hydrogen bomb lost in the ocean by the Air Force, and how the CIA, with the help of Howard Hughes, attempted to retrieve a lost Soviet submarine. This is the story of hair-raising collisions, perilous tapping of Soviet underwater communication cables, and the dangerous shadowing of enemy subs. Above all this is the story of courageous, ingenious, patriotic men risking their lives in service for their country.
Blind Man's Bluff reads like a Tom Clancy novel - it is hard to put down. Thankfully, the authors remained apolitical. This reviewer gained new respect for our nation's submariners and the dangerous work they do.
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