By Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew
For many years American submarines have roamed the depths in a perilous conflict for info and virtue in missions identified in basic terms to a pick out few. Now, after six years of study, these missions are instructed in Blind Man's Bluff, an impressive success in investigative reporting. It reads like a undercover agent mystery -- other than every little thing in it's precise. this can be an epic of event, ingenuity, braveness, and catastrophe underneath the ocean, a narrative full of 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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We will be less than five miles from the Chinese mainland, a constant and visible reminder to Peking of the truth it tries so hard to suppress …’ Lu sat, nodding to his son. It took fifteen minutes to achieve adherence to the system of questioning upon which Lu insisted, receiving queries first from the American section and then from the European press. Two hours had been set aside for the conference, but it overran by a further two, so that the liner had to slow and finally turn back in a meandering arc upon itself to enable the helicopters to get away, just before nightfall.
But again I will summarise it …’ He indicated behind him, to where two men in uniform sat, files on their knees. ‘And I have asked the men who prepared the report to attend with me today, should there later at this conference be any questions you might like to put to them. Their findings are quite simple. ’ He raised his hand, ahead of the reaction to the announcement. ’ He referred to the report in his hand. ‘“… Large quantity of inflammable material spread throughout cabins in the forward section,”’ he quoted, ‘“… sprinkler system disconnected and inoperative and fire doors jammed to prevent closure … debris of two explosive devices in the engine room, together with more inflammable material, ensuring immediate and possibly uncontrollable fire … kerosene introduced into the sprinkler system at the rear of the vessel, so that the fire would actually be fed by those attempting to extinguish it …”’ He looked up, for what he was saying to be assimilated.
It was silly of me,’ he said. ’ ‘Please,’ said Willoughby. Charlie stopped, suddenly angry with himself. He shouldn’t do it, certainly not to a man whose father had befriended him to the degree that Sir Archibald had. ‘Inverted snobbery …’ Another of Edith’s accusations. Almost correct, too. Sir Archibald had recognised it properly. Warned him about it, even. ‘Inferiority complex, Charlie … not the confidence everyone imagines. ’ And Charlie couldn’t answer because he hadn’t known himself. Not then.
Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage by Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew