The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea
John P. Craven. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. 290 pp. Index. $26.00 ($23.40).
Reviewed by Theodore L. Gaillard Jr.
Need to find a hydrogen bomb lost in the Mediterranean? Call John Craven. For the Navy he also located the Scorpion (SSN-589) following her tragic sinking in the Atlantic in 1968. Now, what about that Soviet ballistic missile submarine that disappeared in the Pacific?
In The Silent War, John P. Craven, tailed earlier by the KGB and spotlighted more recently in the best-selling Blind Man's Bluff, describes his role in these and other crucial events. From World War II battleship sailor to a Ph.D. with a J.D. in sea law, Craven was chief scientist in the Navy's Special Projects Office from 1958 to 1970, working on deep-sea research and U.S. submarine development during the key years of the Cold War.