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Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine, by James F. Calvert (VADM, USN ret), John Wiley & Sons, New York NY, 282 pages, $16.95. This book takes its place alongside "Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of Submarine Espionage," the "Hunt for Red October," and movies like the German film "Das Boot," in bringing alive the hazardous mission and special courage of submariners in a readable and accessible format. Admiral Calvert's memoir, of course, is not fiction. It deals not only with his wartime missions in the Pacific, but with the bureaucratic political battles within the Navy, where submariners were perceived at the time as threats to the dominance of the surface navy. For those interested in sea warfare, recommended. (RoyJ)

Reviewed in AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #05-99, 3 Feb. 1999

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