American Heritage Center
Clay Blair, Jr.
The Clay Blair Papers held by the American Heritage Center contain extensive
research files on the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, World War II, and many
interviews conducted for the book The Search for J.F.K. as well as
articles, manuscripts, correspondence, biographical information, photographs,
Find out more about Blair's papers held at the American Heritage Center
through the online
catalog. You may also contact or visit Reference
Services at the American Heritage Center or peruse the list of
published books by Blair below.
Published Books By Clay Blair:
- THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE AND ADMIRAL RICKOVER, BY CLAY BLAIR.
(Henry Holt, 1954). A Crusading biography which led to Rickover’s retention in
- THE HYDROGEN BOMB, BY CLAY BLAIR AND JAMES R. SHEPLEY.
(David McKay, 1954). The weapon and the policy debate between Teller and
- BEYOND COURAGE, BY CLAY BLAIR. (David McKay, 1955). Tales
of escape and evasion in Korea about Air Force pilots.
- VALLEY OF THE SHADOW, BY MAJOR WARD MILLAR (ghosted by
CLAY BLAIR). (David McKay, 1955). A single escape and evasion tale by an Air
Force pilot in the Korean War.
- NAUTILUS 90 NORTH, BY COMMANDER WILLIAM R. ANDERSON AND
CLAY BLAIR. (World, 1959). Story of the Nautilus’s voyage beneath the North
Pole. National and international best-seller.
- DIVING FOR PLEASURE AND TREASURE, BY CLAY BLAIR. (World,
1960). Adventure tale of the discovery of a Spanish galleon wreck in
- ALWAYS ANOTHER DAWN. BY A. SCOTT CROSSFIELD AND CLAY
BLAIR. (World, 1960). Autobiography of the first X-15 pilot with a history of
all experimental aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base.
- THE VOYAGE OF THE NINA II, BY ROBERT MARX (ghosted by
CLAY BLAIR). (World, 1963). In the footsteps of Columbus with a replica of the
- THE BOARD ROOM, BY CLAY BLAIR. (E.P. Dutton, 1969). A
novel set in the magazine industry.
- THE STRANGE CASE OF JAMES EARL RAY, BY CLAY BLAIR.
(Bantam, 1969). Biography of Martin Luther King’s assassin.
- THE ARCHBISHOP, BY CLAY BLAIR. (World, 1970). A novel
about the winds of change in the Catholic Church.
- PENTAGON COUNTRY, by CLAY BLAIR. (McGraw-Hill, 1971). A
novel about a senior Navy captain and his anti-war son.
- SURVIVE! BY CLAY BLAIR. (Berkeley, 1973). Story of the
Uruguayan rugby team that crashed in the Andes. Made into a feature film of the
- SILENT VICTORY: THE U.S. SUBMARINE WAR AGAINST JAPAN, BY
CLAY BLAIR. (J.B. Lippincott, 1975). A definitive work. A Main Selection of the
History, Military, and Playboy book clubs.
"The depth of Clay Blair’s research is nothing short of
fantastic. . . . Most importantly, Silent Victory does not shy away
from full and complete treatment of the controversial aspects of our submarine
campaign: our lousy torpedoes, the discrepancy between claimed and confirmed
sinkings, the professional disputations between force commanders. If there is
anything left out, I certainly do not know what it is. . . . There will never be
a rival book." Edward L. Beach, author of Run Silent, Run
- THE SEARCH FOR J.F.K., BY CLAY AND JOAN BLAIR. (Berkley,
1976). A close biography of J.F.K.’s younger years, debunking the myths. An
Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild.
"In their new book, The Search for JFK, Joan and
Clay Blair, Jr., provide a sober appraisal of the late President, at a time when
the relationship between the personal lifestyle of a public figure and his
capacity to fulfill his role as leader is under close scrutiny. Their research
strips away the Camelot myth and reveals, among other things, that here was a
man who suffered under a malady which until the Fifties was considered fatal,
and who conspired to hide the fact even while running for the nation’s highest
office." Saturday Evening Post, January/February,
- MacARTHUR, BY CLAY BLAIR. (Doubleday, 1977). A biography.
A Main Selection of the Military Book Club.
- SCUBA!, BY CLAY AND JOAN BLAIR. (Bantam, 1977). An
adventure novel set in the Bahamas.
- COMBAT PATROL, BY CLAY BLAIR. (Bantam, 1978). An
"action"-oriented condensed version of Silent Victory.
- RETURN FROM THE RIVER KWAI, BY CLAY AND JOAN BLAIR.
(Simon & Schuster, 1979). Non-fiction account of what happened to the
British and Australian POWs after they built the Burma-Thailand railroad. A Main
Selection of the Military Book Club and an Alternate Selection of the Literary
Guild. Made into a feature film of the same title.
- MISSION TOKYO BAY, BY CLAY AND JOAN BLAIR. (Bantam,
1980). World War II adventure novel about a submarine war patrol.
- SWORDRAY’S FIRST THREE PATROLS, BY CLAY AND JOAN BLAIR.
(Bantam, 1980). World War II adventure novel about the submarine war.
- A GENERAL’S LIFE, BY GENERAL OF THE ARMY OMAR N. BRADLEY
AND CLAY BLAIR. (Simon & Schuster, 1983). Bradley’s autobiography, enhanced
by independent Blair research. A Main Selection of the Book of the Month Club
and History Book Club.
- RIDGWAY’S PARATROOPERS, BY CLAY BLAIR. (Dial, 1985). A
history of the American airborne in World War II. A Main Selection of the
Military Book Club and an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild.
- THE FORGOTTEN WAR: AMERICA IN KOREA 1950-1953, BY CLAY
BLAIR. (Times Books, 1987). A definitive work. A Main Selection of the Military
Book Club and a selection of the Literary Guild.
- HITLER’S U-BOAT WAR, BY CLAY BLAIR. VOLUME I, THE
HUNTERS, 1939-1942. (Random House, 1996). A definitive work. Main Selection
of the History Book Club, Featured Selection of the Book of the Month Club.
Published in Great Britain, Germany, and Poland.
- HITLER’S U-BOAT WAR, BY CLAY BLAIR. VOLUME II, THE
HUNTED, 1942-1945. (Random House, 1998).