Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine by Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew

By Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew

For many years American submarines have roamed the depths in a deadly conflict for info and virtue in missions identified in basic terms to a opt for few. Now, after six years of analysis, these missions are advised in Blind Man's Bluff, an impressive fulfillment in investigative reporting. It reads like a secret agent mystery -- other than every little thing in it's precise. this can be an epic of experience, ingenuity, braveness, and catastrophe underneath the ocean, a narrative choked with unforgettable characters who engineered bold missions to faucet the enemy's underwater communications cables and to shadow Soviet submarines. it's a tale of heroes and spies, of bravery and tragedy.

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Souers. A reservist, Souers was a Democratic Party stalwart from Missouri, a wealthy businessman who made his money in life insurance and Piggly Wiggly shops, the nation’s first self-service supermarkets. He had served on a postwar commission studying the future of intelligence created by Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, but his sights were set on nothing grander than a swift return to Saint Louis. Souers discovered to his dismay that the president was going to make him the first director of central intelligence.

What was the mission of American intelligence in the face of the new Soviet threat? No one was sure. “AN APPRENTICE JUGGLER” On June 10, 1946, General Hoyt Vandenberg became the second director of central intelligence. A handsome pilot who had led Eisenhower’s tactical air war in Europe, he now ran a fly-by-night outfit based in a cluster of undistinguished masonry buildings at the far end of Foggy Bottom, atop a small bluff overlooking the Potomac. His command post stood at 2430 E Street, the old headquarters of the OSS, surrounded by an abandoned gasworks, a turreted brewery, and a roller-skating rink.

He set out on a recruiting drive that ran from the Pentagon to Park Avenue to Yale and Harvard and Princeton, where professors and coaches were paid to spot talent. He hired lawyers, bankers, college kids, old school friends, veterans at loose ends. “They would pull people off the streets, anybody with warm blood who could say yes or no or move arms and legs,” said the CIA’s Sam Halpern. Wisner aimed to open at least thirty-six stations overseas within six months; he managed forty-seven in three years.

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