This is the final word within background of twentieth-century intelligence accumulating and covert task. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any secret agent novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British mystery carrier to the crises and uncertainties of modern day post-Cold struggle global, supplying an unsurpassed evaluation of the position of contemporary intelligence in everything of the globe. From spies and mystery brokers to the newest high-tech wizardry in indications and imagery surveillance, it presents interesting, in-depth insurance of significant operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence providers, and masses more.
All the major parts of contemporary intelligence task are right here. knowledgeable whose books have got excessive marks from the intelligence and army groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the the most important position of secret agent know-how from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to latest awesome array of house Age satellites, airplane, and flooring stations. He presents shiny pics of spymasters, spies, and defectors--including Sidney Reilly, Herbert Yardley, Kim Philby, James Angleton, Markus Wolf, Reinhard Gehlen, Vitaly Yurchenko, Jonathan Pollard, and so forth. Richelson paints a colourful portrait of worldwide struggle I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped ensure the end result of the struggle on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the large significance of intelligence operations in either the ecu and Pacific theaters in international struggle II, from the paintings of Allied and Nazi brokers to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he supplies us an entire evaluation of intelligence in the course of the size of the chilly warfare, from superpower espionage and undercover agent scandals to covert motion and mystery wars. a last bankruptcy probes the still-evolving function of intelligence paintings within the new global of illness and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf struggle to the miraculous involvement of the French executive in commercial espionage.
Comprehensive, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is stuffed with new info on a number of subjects--from the actions of the yank Black Chamber within the Twenties to intelligence assortment throughout the Cuban missile quandary to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it's a necessary quantity for an individual drawn to army historical past, espionage and event, and international affairs.
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