Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew with Annette Lawrence Drew. New York: Public Affairs, 1998. 352 pp. Photos. Notes. Bib. Index. $25.00 ($22.50).
Reviewed by Norman Friedman
This is a somewhat unsatisfactory book about a very important topic. It is an outgrowth of a January 1991 series of articles in the Chicago Tribune, which was probably the first public revelation of a highly classified U.S. Navy program of submarine reconnaissance off the Soviet coast. That program remains classified, and this book was based mainly on interviews with submariners willing to break their oaths of silence. Given this, it cannot be considered complete. The authors, moreover, cannot quite decide what tone to adopt. Was the program hazardous to the point of foolhardiness, or was it a vital contribution to U.S. security during a very dangerous time in our history? Was it somehow provocative to the Soviets?