Enemy Within: A History of Espionage

Enemy Within: A History of Espionage

by Terry Crowdy
     
 

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Writing 2, 500 years ago, the Chinese philosopher-general Sun Tzû advised that "knowledge of the enemy can only be obtained by other men." If this is the case, and history suggests it is, the study of espionage must come out of the shadows. One should always know one's enemy. More so if it is an enemy within.

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Writing 2, 500 years ago, the Chinese philosopher-general Sun Tzû advised that "knowledge of the enemy can only be obtained by other men." If this is the case, and history suggests it is, the study of espionage must come out of the shadows. One should always know one's enemy. More so if it is an enemy within.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Crowdy, who has previously written for Osprey on the uniforms and organizations of French revolutionary armed forces, reflects his publisher's expanding horizons in this survey of espionage from ancient times to America's invasion of Iraq. Since Egypt fought the Hittites, he observes, secret agents have been dispatched to spy and perform other deeds that may be against the law but are perceived to be in the country's best interest. Though Crowdy is familiar with standard sources, this is a work of narrative and anecdote rather than analysis, and succeeds within that context. He discusses the role of intelligence collecting in creating and sustaining the Persian, Roman and Mongol empires, offering Judas as an early example of a double agent. The development of professional secret services in early modern Europe segues into the often-overlooked role of intelligence in the Revolutionary/Napoleonic era, making for tales of spy and counterspy that are the most interesting in the book. As Crowdy moves into more recent times, he stresses increasing technological competition, reflecting the increasing difficulty of mounting human intelligence operations in modern national security states. His conclusion is a paradox: secret services must be kept under control, yet be effective enough "to make a difference." (Oct. 31) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Intelligence operations are a hot topic. But since most recent books have a more narrow or current focus, a popular account of the high points in espionage through the ages is welcome. Crowdy recounts important activities, many of them already well known, but without detailing how much they affected history. The text emphasizes actual undercover operations, not the analysis or utilization of gathered intelligence. Crowdy has published works with Osprey on the French military during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras, and these sections are among the strongest. Also interesting is the section on Germany's infiltration of France before world war I. That said, the book lacks a good introduction and a conclusion. This title is not a deep examination of the topic; for that, one may want to look at Janusz Piekalkiewicz's World History of Espionage: Agents, Systems, Operations. Use this volume for a general overview, then move on to more specialized monographs. An optional purchase but certainly suitable for personal, public, and undergraduate libraries. (Index not seen.)-Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

“This is an excellent source covering the history of espionage from beginning to the present day... it is extremely readable, entertaining, and educational. It is one of the better nonfiction books this reviewer has read in recent times.” —Timothy Baghurst, The Traveler

“Intelligence operations are a hot topic. But since most recent books have a more narrow or current focus, a popular account of the high points in espionage through the ages is welcome... Crowdy has published works with Osprey on the French military during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras, and these sections are among the strongest. Also interesting is the section on Germany's infiltration of France before World War I... certainly suitable for personal, public and undergraduate libraries.” —Glen Ellyn, Library Journal

“[Crowdy] reflects his publisher's expanding horizons in this survey of espionage from ancient times to America's invasion of Iraq... this is a work of narrative and anecdote... and succeeds within that context... The development of professional secret services in early modern Europe segues into the often-overlooked role of intelligence in the Revolutionary/Napoleonic era, making for tales of spy and counterspy that are the most interesting in the book.” —Publishers Weekly (June 2006)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846032172
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/20/2008
Series:
General Military Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


Terry Crowdy has a life long passion for history which was first kindled working on the Fort Amhurst restoration project in the Medway Towns on the coast of England, where he spent his school summer vacations as a fortress tunnel guide. Through this association he developed a passionate interest in the Napoleonic Wars and participated in many of the bicentennial celebrations marking the wars of the French Revolution. His enthusiasm led to significant research in the French military archives at the Château de Vincennes near Paris. Terry became equally passionate about the history of 'Secret War' - in particular military espionage - a subject he feels is too often overlooked. After a long stint as bass guitarist for the rock group "Soma", Terry put pen to paper and is now the author of a number of books and articles on military history. He lives in Kent, England. The author lives in Kent, UK.

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