Submarine espionage in: "Blind Man's Bluff" by Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew.

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The Cold War between Communist Russia and the United States starts immediately after the end of World War Two in 1945. The Cold War isn't really a war at all, but an economical, political and industrial race for supremacy. One of the chief elements that characterizes both the United States and The United Soviet Socialist Republic is espionage, or more delicately put "intelligence gathering". When two countries whose political centers are thousands of miles apart, and more closely watched than any professional sporting event, are trying to spy upon each other, things become tricky as far as inserting agents goes. The solution to this is to gather information by tapping telephone lines and listening in on important conversations via submarines.

No Espionage missions are more secret than those involving American submarines. The book Blind Man's Bluff shows how the U.S. Navy sends submarines wired with self-destruct charges into the heart of Soviet seas to tap crucial underwater telephone cables.

This is all taking place at the height of the Cold War during the1960's, 70's, and 80's. The threat of nuclear contention is ultimately ever present. As a response, both the United States and the Soviet Union maintain submarine patrols off of each others' shores. The goal of this tactic is to provide first strike capability in the event of an atomic showdown. In order to counter this threat, both sides try to follow and track the other's missile boats so that they could be destroyed before they were given the opportunity to launch their weapons. As this philosophy evolves, so does the technologythus forming the need for new strategies. Eventually the U.S. Navy depends on their boats to be impossible to detect. Meanwhile, the Soviets rely on their surface naval power to keep some of their boats alive as well...