Enemy Within: A History of Espionage

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To gain the upper hand in conflict the ability to know what your enemy is planning is vital. Massive amounts of money have been spent and many lives have been lost in pursuit of this objective. From biblical times to the present day, leaders have employed espionage on and off the battlefield in the quest for victory. Tactics might differ, from dirty tricks and theft to interrogation and torture, but the aim is the same - to outmaneuver your enemy and emerge triumphant. Separating myth from reality, Terry Crowdy ...
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To gain the upper hand in conflict the ability to know what your enemy is planning is vital. Massive amounts of money have been spent and many lives have been lost in pursuit of this objective. From biblical times to the present day, leaders have employed espionage on and off the battlefield in the quest for victory. Tactics might differ, from dirty tricks and theft to interrogation and torture, but the aim is the same - to outmaneuver your enemy and emerge triumphant. Separating myth from reality, Terry Crowdy traces the history of espionage from its development in ancient times through to the end of the Cold War and into the 21st century, shedding light on the clandestine activities that have so often tipped the balance in times of war. His lively narrative delves into the murky depths of the realm of the spymasters and their spies, revealing many amazing, and often bizarre stories, along the way. From "the slave with the tattoed head" in Ancient Greece, through the ship's monkey hanged as a spy during the Napoleonic wars to the British "Double Cross" ruse in World War II, and from Ivan the Terrible's forming of the first Russian secret police in the 16th century through sexual wiles of Mata Hari to operations in the 21st century Middle East, this entertaining true history of espionage is as exciting as any spy fiction.

Chapter Heads - In ancient times. Through dark ages. Spy, Britannia! Espionage in the Age of Reason. Vive la revolution! Napoleon's 'secret part'. Uncivil war. The godfather of secret service. Spy fever. Double-cross agents and radio games. Axis spies against America. Spies of the Soviet era. With no end in sight.

"Crowdy's effective, readable summary of espionage in human history begins with the ancient Egyptians and doesn't end even with the Mossad. Throughout history, a broad range of not only governments but also people have used various means to learn about their enemies and, not infrequently, their friends. Although the senses of humans on the ground have always been highly valued, technology, including invisible inks and coding devices, also has a long history in spying. Women have figured prominently as spies (e.g., Delilah catching Samson in an early "honey trap" of sexual favors) and spymasters (e.g., Roman empress Theodora discouraging gossip about her colorful past). The growth of surveillance technology from miniature cameras to wiretaps and satellites has left the purely human instruments of intelligence gathering at a disadvantage in fights for appropriations and publicity, a situation that Crowdy deplores: "A spy is like a traveling salesman"--he has to "know the territory." Readers of this book will know it, too, much better than they did before." Booklist

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"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. ... Though Crowdy is familiar with standard sources, this is a work of narrative and anecdote rather than analysis, and succeeds within that context." Publishers Weekly
"Crowdy's effective, readable summary of espionage in human history begins with the ancient Egyptians and doesn't end even with the Mossad. ... " Booklist (See over for full review)
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032172
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/20/2008
  • 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, where he spent his school summers 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 Ch√Ęteau de Vincennes near Paris. Terry is 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. The author lives in Kent, UK.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
In Ancient Times     15
Through Dark Ages     34
Spy, Britannia     53
Espionage in the Age of Reason     79
Vive la Revolution?     107
Napoleon's 'Secret Part'     128
Uncivil War     151
The Godfather of Secret Service     177
Spy Fever     194
Eastern Peril     214
Double Agents & Radio Games     230
Axis Spies against America     265
Spies of the Soviet Era     293
With No End in Sight...     328
Endnotes     337
Select Bibliography     355
Index     358
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  • Posted September 19, 2011

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    A must for those who are into Espionage

    The enemy within will take the reader through various eras of espionage. As far back as 1274 BC and as unique as reporting on espionage through ESP?! I tend to only read the parts about the 1930s in these books, as that is what I work with in my books, but I must say I read a few more chapters by Terry Crowdy. If espionage is your thing, you should really enjoy this book.

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