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#4644246 - 03/24/24 08:11 PM The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea  
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Hat tip to oldgrognard, who gave me this book. Thanks, my friend!

The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea

Written by John Pina Craven, who served as chief scientist of the Navy's Special Projects Office, and in a number of other key capacities. The book covers a lot more than just submarine and missile programs, and provides a fascinating behind the scenes look at major developments during the cold war, including deep submergence programs and espionage. John Craven was a key player in a LOT of important stuff.

If you have read Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage and enjoyed it, you will almost certainly like this book.

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#4644250 - 03/24/24 08:50 PM Re: The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea [Re: CyBerkut]  
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"Blind Mans Bluff" is awesome. I think my neighbor (USS Sunfish SSN-649 vet) has my copy. As I recall Craven was mentioned in it quite a lot.

I don't think I have "The Silent War", I'll have to check my "stacks". I need more bookcases wink

There's another sub book that makes the case that the Soviets actually sank USS Scorpion.... don't recall the title, but it's certainly interesting.

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#4646571 - 05/13/24 07:57 AM Re: The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea [Re: CyBerkut]  
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I have read both. The Silent War especially is very well written and interesting. Re: our thread in CH about Admiral Rickover, this book contains a bit of Craven's interactions with him. I also found the part about K129 and the recovery using the Glomar Explorer very interesting. The stuff of adventure movies, almost!

In all my years I've never seen the like. It has to be more than a hundred sea miles and he brings us up on his tail. That's seamanship, Mr. Pullings. My God, that's seamanship!

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