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Peter A. Huchthausen , Alexandre Sheldon-Duplaix
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13 Jan 2009
Through dramatic incidents tells for the first time the full story of the development of Cold War naval intelligence from the end of WWII to the breakup the Soviet Union in 1991, from both sides, East and West. Unlike other accounts, which focus on submarine confrontations and accidents, the authors cover all types of naval intelligence, human collection (racing with the Soviets to capture Nazi subs, successful and losing spies and defectors), signal intelligence (surface, air, satellite and navy commando teams in balaclavas launched by speed boats from subs), acoustic (passive underwater arrays and tapping phone lines), and the aerial and space reconnaissance. The authors give details of operations in all these areas, some of which were witnessed first hand. "A new light is shed on the spy ships incidents of the 1960s and on submarine intrusions in Swedish waters. Excerpts of the Soviet Navy instructions on UFOs and accounts of Soviet naval encounters with unexplained objects are also published for the first time outside of Russia; and much more."

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (13 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047178530X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471785309
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It was the golden age of cloak and dagger. In the years following the allied victory in World War II, a new breed of men and women entered the U.S. intelligence services, joining those experiencedhands who had survived the war to carry on acovert campaign against a new and wily adversary, the Soviet Union. Naval intelligence has always been acknowledged as one of the key arenas in the Cold War intelligence struggle, but the true details and drama of this fiercecompetition have remained obscure—until now. Hide and Seek offers the first account of Cold War naval espionage, from the final months of World War II to the fall of the Soviet Union in1991. Based on interviews with Soviet and Western naval intelligence officers, newly availableRussian sources, important Western archivalreleases, and the latest historical research,it is packed with stunning revelations from both sides of the Iron Curtain and chilling anecdotes from the many secret battles waged between the world′s two most powerful nations. This colorful and fast–paced narrative reveals how a German inventor became the father ofthe U.S. Navy′s cruise missile system; how aSoviet naval officer and GRU agent handleda French air force general who provided essentialinformation to the Kremlin before, during, andafter the Cuban missile crisis; the astounding truth about the 1964 Tonkin Gulf affair; the real story of the USS Liberty and Pueblo disasters and the metamorphosis of spy ships in theiraftermath; the latest on underwater incursions in Swedish waters; and much more. Peopled with a motley array of spies, moles, double agents, defectors, techies, military officers, policy wonks, politicians, and more, this comprehensive account goes beyond previousbooks about submarine confrontations and accidents to explore the entire spectrum of navalintelligence. It covers human collection (racing with the Soviets to capture Nazi subs, unsuccessfulattempts by spies and defectors, and attaché intrigues); ocean surveillance; underwater (from passive acoustic systems to tapping phone lines), surface, aerial, and space reconnaissance; and penetration by commando teams in balaclavas launched by speed boats, subs, and trawlers. Complete with a collection of rare Cold War–era photos as well as riveting, hair–raising, and sometimes hilarious descriptions of actionsbeneath the sea, in outer space, and at allpoints in between, Hide and Seek is engrossing reading for anyone who loves naval history,international intrigue, and the nonstop action of a Tom Clancy novel.

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"Much previously unpublished information, sensational revelations, and reassessments that will undoubtedly be of the greatest interest to both specialists in naval warfare and intelligence and to the general public eager to understand the lessons of current history." —Admiral Pierre Lacoste, chief of French foreign secret service (DGSE), 1982–1985 True stories fromthe war in the shadows. Were Soviet spies better at their jobs than their Western counterparts? What were Stalin′s intentions and naval strategy? Who was trying to compromise who in the Profumo affair? Did Ronald Reagan go too far in his psychologicalwarfare naval campaign against the Soviet Union? What were the Soviets or others searching for with their submarine incursions into Swedish waters?What are maritime UFOs, and what did the U.S. and Soviet navies discoverabout them? This is just a small sampling of the many intriguing and disturbing questions answered in Hide and Seek. This comprehensive history of Cold War naval intelligence operations is packed with previously unknown facts, stunning revelations, and riveting accounts of the amazing exploits of cold warriors on both sides of the Iron Curtain.


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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, mysterious and so real!! 14 July 2009
By Stelios
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When I started reading the synopsis-before purchasing the book- I didn't realise that there were so many things that were so simple and yet so real in naval espionage. The authors give a pretty good account of what was going on during the Cold War era as far as intelligence and counter-intelligence is concerned.
To be honest, the real interest for me lied at the first chapters (describing Stalin's vision of the post-war Soviet Navy) and at the facts describing the events during the 70s and 80s (actually not the espionage stories).
The part that moved me most was where the autohrs described the loss of the Komsomolets. Even though I'm not a submariner, I could feel the danger and the horror these seamen faced then (about 20 years ago).
Definitely recommended for anyone interested in Cold War era and the potential dangers for mankind in general.
A must buy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hide(ous) 26 April 2009
By Thomas J. Dougherty - Published on Amazon.com
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I found the book very disappointing. I was a fan of Hutchausen's earlier books (K-19, October Fury), but this one is just awful!!! The chapter on the K-129 is so bad, it's not even wrong! (paraphrasing physicist Wolfgang Pauli's comment "your theory is so bad, it's not even wrong"). It has been known for 30 years that the HMB-1 barge never went to the wreck site in the Pacific; just the Glomar Explorer and the Capture Vehicle (aka "claw") within the moonpool to grasp the wreck. The partially recovered submarine was analysed in the moonpool of the Glomar Explorer, not in the HMB-1 barge, which was back in California. Other details are total fabrications as well. There is more accurate information in the public domain on that operation than they are employing in the book. This makes one wonder about the provenance of other information in the book.

There are numerous technical details that are wrong; twice they mention the use of U-238, once to power the Ivy Bells tap pods and once as part of the Soviet torpedo nuclear warheads. Plutonium was used to power the pod, as it gives off heat which allows thermionic electrical generation. U-238 doesn't. Also, it is the more scarce U-235 that is fissionable; U-238 is not (except in extreme conditions, like a fusion explosion, where it is used to boost explosive yield). If U-238 were fissionable, all those mid-East countries wouldn't need those expensive centrifuges to separate the scarce fissile U-235 isotope from the more abundant U-238. Didn't these guys read newspapers?

The chapter on the mid-1980's Soviet incursion into Swedish waters seems to be going along fine, then suddenly the two authors pull a non-sequitor. Without producing one real shred of evidence, they suggest that the submarines involved in later excursions into Swedish waters were the NR-1 and Seawolf (SSN-575). Why? Because witnesses (unnamed) claim to have seen submarine sails that were "square shaped", and Soviet submarines don't have square shaped sails. Well, actually the Whiskey and Foxtrots have more or less square sails. And the submarine caught on the surface by the Swedes just a few weeks earlier was a Soviet Whiskey class submarine! Yes, all US nuclear submarines do have square shaped sails...with the exception of one...which is...(wait for it!) Seawolf (SSN575)!! She was built with a very distinctive two level stepped sail. And, oh yeah, Seawolf was deployed in the Pacific at that time, and suffering from recurring mechanical problems due to her age. Wait, let me check my map...nope, Sweden isn't in the Pacific. They also mention that Seawolf was converted in 1965 to permit SEALS to lock out. No, it was converted to allow saturation divers to operate, and the conversion was in the 1971-73 time period at Mare Island.

And then there is the chapter on UFOs. That's right, the Soviet Navy encounters with UFOs. Where is the Smoking Man when you need him? Another part of the same chapter describes sounds first encountered by the then new Soviet nuclear submarines in the 1960's. These are termed "Frogs of the Deep" (you can't make up stuff like this...). Probably sounds shorts from their own (loud) propulsion systems.

This book is so chock full of wrong information (which can be easily shown to be wrong from multiple sources) that it is impossible to believe virtually anything in it. All I can think of are two possible explanations: 1.) Hutchausen and his French co-author regularly drank good bottles of wine at a sidewalk bistro in Paris, got a buzz on, and sketched the book out on paper napkins. 2.) Hutchausen wrote a decent draft, but unfortunately he died last year, and Sheldon-Duplaix rewrote the book, maybe with an eye on a screen play adaptation. In either case, a very sad ending to the career of a man whose earlier Naval History books I greatly enjoyed.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable 2 Feb 2010
By Thomas Alan Griffy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is interesting but replete with factual errors so as to make an unreliable source for the history of this period. A couple of examples: the authors locate Oak Ridge Laboratory in Georgia (p.13); it is in Tenn. The authors state that Bill Casey (Director of CIA) was "forced to resign" as a result of the defection of Edward Lee Howard ( p.252). Bill Casey died of a brain tumor while still in office. There are many more such errors.

I found the book interesting. Just wish I could trust it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting collection of vignettes 10 Sep 2010
By Christopher L. Kuzen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a book about submarine espionage like "blind mans bluff" and the "silent war." That is not to say that submarine espionage is not discussed, rather, submarines are but a portion of the material covered.

I think the book was a worthy read just for the insight into the cold-war Soviet Navy's thinking and experiences that Hutchthausen rusian contacts provide. That is not all, though, the reader will be exposed to a variety of naval events like the sinking of the Novorossiysk, the gulf of tonkin incident, the Pueblo incident, the Walker spy ring, unknown submarine incursions into Swedish waters, and many others.

It also offers an unprecedented look into the Soviet's nuclear shipbuilding programs, surface and submarine alike. That portion of the book very much reminds me of Patrick Tyler's excellent "Running Critical," which covers the topic from the USN side.

To be fair, it looks to me that some of the critisism cited in other reviews may be innacurate. There is no detailed description of the K-129 retrieval in this book. The chapter that covers the incident "A submarine lost, a submarine found '68-74" is very perfunctory and anectdotal from the Soviet side, as related to Hutchthausen. I believe that reviewer may have gotten confused with another book (Red November or Red Star Rogue.) Another complaint over the authors naming Seawolf and NR-1 as possible suspects for the Swedish waters incursion in the '80s because Seawolf was based on the west coast is disingenious at the very least. It is well known that USS Parche ran its Barents sea tapping missions while based out of Mare island. The NR-1 was a natural suspect as it was the only submarine known to leave tracks on the ocean floor.

This book is filled with anecdotal revelations that, while limiting its provenance, give a tantalizing look at the other side of the iron curtain. If you are interested in naval intelligence operations in the cold war, and a look at the Soviet navy of the era, this book is fo you.
1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hide and Seek is a great book! 31 Aug 2009
By Randy L. Lamance - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Very informative and well written. Some of the information is redundant but there is also plenty of new information that I had not read in other books. I would highly recommend this book.
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