Espionage's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Malicious Moles, Blown Covers, and Intelligence Oddities

Espionage's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Malicious Moles, Blown Covers, and Intelligence Oddities

by Thomas E Mahl
     
 

ISBN-10: 1574884891

ISBN-13: 9781574884890

Pub. Date: 03/31/2003

Publisher: Potomac Books


In Espionage's Most Wanted™, readers will learn that America’s first spymasters included Benjamin Franklin and John Jay. Otto von Bismarck’s chief spy, Wilhelm Stieber, posed as an itinerant peddler and sold religious artifacts and pornography to enemy troops as a cover for collecting intelligence. During the cultural competition of the…  See more details below

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In Espionage's Most Wanted™, readers will learn that America’s first spymasters included Benjamin Franklin and John Jay. Otto von Bismarck’s chief spy, Wilhelm Stieber, posed as an itinerant peddler and sold religious artifacts and pornography to enemy troops as a cover for collecting intelligence. During the cultural competition of the Cold War, the CIA helped popularize abstract expressionism by spending millions to promote the careers of artists such as Jackson Pollock. The East Germans once traded two captured West German agents for one dead East German agent. CIA officer E. Howard Hunt cleverly disrupted an intimate dinner meeting between Mexican Communists and a Soviet delegation by distributing party invitations to the general public. During the 1980s and early 1990s, the CIA employed psychics to “remotely view” places of interest in the Soviet Union. Espionage's Most Wanted™, chronicles 500 of the most daring spies, ingenious plots, bungled operations, and surprising facts about the history of espionage and intelligence from around the world. Its fifty lists include the top-ten intelligence agencies, master spies, traitors, spy gadgets, code-breaking coups, covert operations blunders, and colorful dirty tricks. History buffs and espionage enthusiasts will enjoy this irreverent but illuminating look at the world of spies and intelligence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574884890
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
03/31/2003
Series:
Most Wanted
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Photographsxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxv
By Their Names You Will Not Know Them: Code Names1
By Their Names You Are Not Supposed to Know Them: The Jargon of Espionage7
Ten Tools of the Trade: The Gadgets and Toys of Espionage14
The Elite: The Top Ten Intelligence Agencies22
From Russia with Secret Police: Russian Intelligence Agencies in the Twentieth Century29
American Revolution, American Spies: American Spies of the American Revolution37
American Revolution, English Spies: English Spies in the American Revolution44
Major Martin and Friends--Those Who Never Were: Phony People and Groups Created by Intelligence Agencies50
A Spy's Walk through London: A Tour of London for the Espionage Aficionado55
A Spy's Washington, D.C.: A Tour of Georgetown and Vicinity for the Espionage Aficionado60
Still Classified after All These Years: Selected Secrets Withheld from the Public66
Companies of the Company: Companies Run as Fronts by the CIA73
James and the Giant Peach to Goldfinger: The Spy as Writer81
Noms De Plume and d'Espionage: Spies and the Pen Names They Wrote Under89
The Monster Rally, Dirty Tricks, and Black Propaganda: The Dirty Tricks and Black Propaganda that Make Covert Operations Fun93
Sobriquets: The Nicknames of Espionage99
Swallows and Honeytraps: Women Agents Used against Men102
Ravens or Swans, the Male Swallows: Male Agents Used against Women111
Cover Jobs: The Jobs Spies Appear to Do in Their Public Lives118
The Rich and Famous Worked Here, Too: Prominent People Who Worked in Intelligence123
Favorite Watering Holes--A Tour of Western Europe and the United States: Places Where Spies Have a Drink and Relax128
Bosses (Spymasters): The Memorable Ones Who Ran the Spies133
The Price Is Right: Payoffs and Bribes142
Freedom of the Press for All Those Who Own a Press: Newspapers Owned or Under the Influence of Intelligence Agencies148
Patron of Letters: Books Planted by Intelligence Agencies158
"The Company" and "The Friends" Take to the Air: Radio Stations Run or Controlled by Intelligence Agencies163
From "A Better World," "A World Full of Bliss" to "A Wet Job" and "The Measles": Assassinations170
They Shoot Spies, Don't They?: The East and West Swap Spies177
Great Quips from the Great Game: Great Quotations from the Spy Business186
Creativity at the Bureau: The FBI Uses Its Creative Writing Skills to Disrupt the Left and Right189
The Magnificent Five, Plus Five: Soviet Agents Who Penetrated the British Government199
Loyalty, Loyalty, Wherefore Art Thou Loyalty?: Enemy Officials and Agents Who Helped Britain and the United States212
Ten for the Intelligence Cognoscenti: Ten Little Known Items of Espionage222
Ten for Tube Alloys and the Manhattan Project: Soviet Spies Steal the Secrets of the Atom Bomb232
The Company Goes to the Movies: Movies about Espionage243
The Company as Culture Vulture: The CIA Fights the Soviets in Music, Painting, and Literature250
Encounter et al., the CIA's Stable of Highbrow Culture Magazines261
Ten Selected Books Published by the CIA Front Congress for Cultural Freedom272
It Always Sounds Better in French--Especially If You Don't Know French276
Bibliography283
Index287
About the Author301

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