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After WWII, A Letter Of Appreciation That Still Rings True.

Recently, Fresh Air contributor Maureen Corrigan found a letter from then-Secretary of War James Forrestal that had been sent to her father after he had been honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1945. In that letter, she found an expression of gratitude that could serve us well today.


An Arranged Marriage Spirals Into Quiet Disaster

Private Life, the new novel by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Jane Smiley, follows the life of a midwestern woman who moves with her new husband, an astronomer, to California at the start of the 20th century. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says the story, which spans a half-century, is beautifully observed.


From the Archives: "The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage."

American Submarines and espionage during the cold war. We feature an interview with Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew, authors of the best selling Blind Man's Bluff. Their book chronicles the voyages of submarines off the coast of the Soviet Union, during the height of the Cold War. Tens of thousands of American men traveled in these submarines, executing top secret missions. They monitored Soviet harbors and collected information using advanced eavesdropping equipment. Blind Man's Bluff is out in paperback.


"The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage."

Journalists Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew. They are the authors of the new book, "Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage" (PublicAffairs). The two spent six years researching secret submarine missions like how the Navy sent submarines wired with self destruct charges into Soviet waters to tap crucial underwater telephone cables. Sontag covered government and international affairs for the National Law Journal and has worked at the New York Times, and Drew is a special projects editor at the New York Times.


Gregory Vistica Discusses Scandals in the Navy.

Journalist Gregory Vistica, has received numerous local and national awards including the George Polk Award for exposing the sex-abuses and irresponsible authority of the Tailhook scandal. He has written a book entitled, "Fall from Glory: The Men Who Sank the U.S. Navy" (Simon & Schuster) detailing his investigation into the failed Navy leadership which has fostered the growth of wide spread dissipation in Navy conduct.


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