A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century

A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century

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by Jeffery T. Richelson
     
 

ISBN-10: 019511390X

ISBN-13: 9780195113907

Pub. Date: 07/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Here is the ultimate inside history of twentieth-century intelligence gathering and covert activity. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any spy novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British Secret Service to the crises and uncertainties of today's post-Cold War world, offering an unsurpassed overview of the role

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Here is the ultimate inside history of twentieth-century intelligence gathering and covert activity. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any spy novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British Secret Service to the crises and uncertainties of today's post-Cold War world, offering an unsurpassed overview of the role of modern intelligence in every part of the globe. From spies and secret agents to the latest high-tech wizardry in signals and imagery surveillance, it provides fascinating, in-depth coverage of important operations of United States, British, Russian, Israeli, Chinese, German, and French intelligence services, and much more.

All the key elements of modern intelligence activity are here. An expert whose books have received high marks from the intelligence and military communities, Jeffrey Richelson covers the crucial role of spy technology from the days of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to today's dazzling array of Space Age satellites, aircraft, and ground stations. He provides vivid portraits of spymasters, spies, and defectors—including Sidney Reilly, Herbert Yardley, Kim Philby, James Angleton, Markus Wolf, Reinhard Gehlen, Vitaly Yurchenko, Jonathan Pollard, and many others. Richelson paints a colorful portrait of World War I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the secret maneuvering that helped determine the outcome of the war on land, at sea, and on the diplomatic front; he investigates the enormous importance of intelligence operations in both the European and Pacific theaters in World War II, from the work of Allied and Nazi agents to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he gives us a complete overview of intelligence during the length of the Cold War, from superpower espionage and spy scandals to covert action and secret wars. A final chapter probes the still-evolving role of intelligence work in the new world of disorder and ethnic conflict, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf War to the surprising involvement of the French government in industrial espionage.

Comprehensive, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is filled with new information on a variety of subjects—from the activities of the American Black Chamber in the 1920s to intelligence collection during the Cuban missile crisis to Soviet intelligence and covert action operations. It is an essential volume for anyone interested in military history, espionage and adventure, and world affairs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195113907
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
9.19(w) x 6.13(h) x 1.37(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Part I * 1900-1939
1. A Shady Profession3
2. The Great War: Spies and Saboteurs18
3. Spies in the Great War: Eyes and Ears31
4. Lenin's Spies47
5. Spies Between the Wars: 1919-192964
6. Spies Between the Wars: 1930-193979
Part II * The Second World War
7. Intelligence and the Onset of War103
8. Spies and Counterspies124
9. The Wrecking Crews145
10. Aerial Spies157
11. Black Magic173
12. Knowing the Enemy197
Part III * The Cold War Era and Beyond
13. New Adversaries215
14. New Players232
15. Secret Wars244
16. Superpower Espionage256
17. Spies and Moles272
18. TechnologicalEspionage293
19. Crisis Intelligence310
20. The Technical Revolution Continues328
21. Penetrations, Sunken Subs, and Sudden Death342
22. Elusive Truths360
23. A New Decade373
24. The Year of the Spy388
25. End of an Era404
26. A New World of Disorder416
Abbreviations Used in the Notes433
Notes435
Index511

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A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This book may be masterly and contain vivid personal portraits, but I found it a bit sketchy although there were more than 400 pages of text. Richardson lays out many intelligence operations but skimps on the personal and operational details that make a book absorbing.Had he focused on US-Soviet spying and followed the lives of persons like Sorge, Reilly, Kim Philby, and Wild Bill Donovan in more detail, this might have been an interesting read instead of a plod.