What's Happening Here?

Everyone makes mistakes, me included. Unlike magazines -- where I typically work -- books have no fact checkers. Accuracy is on the author, and mistakes become inevitable. As hard as I tried to get everything right, I didn't. And I'm going to correct my mistakes here, in the wide open, as they come in. I'll also make these changes in any future editions, should I be so lucky. At a minimum, the paperback will be updated to reflect these changes.

prologue: unexpected visitors

There's nothing like starting out your new book with a typo on PAGE 2! There, smack in the middle of the first full paragraph, Global Marine is written as "Global Maine." Somehow, this got past me, my editor, and the copy editor. This one stings.

ch. 2: is this what you were looking for?

The location of the K-129 wreck is incorrectly stated as 1,560 miles northEAST of Oahu. As one reader correctly pointed out, that would put it two-thirds of the way to San Francisco, and not in the remote Pacific. It should be 1,560 miles northwest of Oahu.

ch. 5:Okay, now what?

Page 40: The text mistakenly suggests that the K-129 wreck had two intact missiles in their tubes. There was just a single R-21, with warhead intact, standing in its tube. I actually knew this, and somehow still made the mistake. File this under haste and stupidity.

ch. 7: Faster and more furious

Richard Helms is incorrectly labeled as "the CIA's new director" at the time of the first Blackbird flights, in 1963. He didn't assume the DCI role until 1966.

ch. 7: Faster and more furious

US Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) did have a boat anchored near the Explorer in Long Beach, and was seen by various workers on the ship, but he was not yet -- as cited -- Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee at that time.

ch. 49: hurry up and wait

On page 268, pitcher Steve Busby is listed as playing for the White Sox. In fact, he played his entire career for the Kansas City Royals. I'm not sure which is worse, honestly.

AFTERWORD: The Glomar response

Walt Lloyd points out that the precise language of his legal solution for this fascinating conundrum was actually this: 

We can neither confirm nor deny your allegations and, hypothetically, if we assume your allegations are true, the subject matter would be classified and could not be disclosed.

The third point, which I omitted in the text, "was required," he says. 


I forgot to thank Jason in the CIA Public Affairs office, who also assisted during my visits to Langley. Also, Ryan Trapani clarifies that he did NOT let me use his employee discount, because he doesn't have an employee discount. I guess I paid full retail for the mugs and t-shirts. You're welcome, Uncle Sam.