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

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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: 3/31/2003
  • Series: Most Wanted
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,480,729
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom E. Mahl holds a doctorate in history and teaches at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of Desperate Deception: British Covert Operations in the United States, 1939-44 and Espionage's Most Wanted™. Dr. Mahl lives in Elyria, Ohio.
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Table of Contents

List of Photographs xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
By Their Names You Will Not Know Them: Code Names 1
By Their Names You Are Not Supposed to Know Them: The Jargon of Espionage 7
Ten Tools of the Trade: The Gadgets and Toys of Espionage 14
The Elite: The Top Ten Intelligence Agencies 22
From Russia with Secret Police: Russian Intelligence Agencies in the Twentieth Century 29
American Revolution, American Spies: American Spies of the American Revolution 37
American Revolution, English Spies: English Spies in the American Revolution 44
Major Martin and Friends--Those Who Never Were: Phony People and Groups Created by Intelligence Agencies 50
A Spy's Walk through London: A Tour of London for the Espionage Aficionado 55
A Spy's Washington, D.C.: A Tour of Georgetown and Vicinity for the Espionage Aficionado 60
Still Classified after All These Years: Selected Secrets Withheld from the Public 66
Companies of the Company: Companies Run as Fronts by the CIA 73
James and the Giant Peach to Goldfinger: The Spy as Writer 81
Noms De Plume and d'Espionage: Spies and the Pen Names They Wrote Under 89
The Monster Rally, Dirty Tricks, and Black Propaganda: The Dirty Tricks and Black Propaganda that Make Covert Operations Fun 93
Sobriquets: The Nicknames of Espionage 99
Swallows and Honeytraps: Women Agents Used against Men 102
Ravens or Swans, the Male Swallows: Male Agents Used against Women 111
Cover Jobs: The Jobs Spies Appear to Do in Their Public Lives 118
The Rich and Famous Worked Here, Too: Prominent People Who Worked in Intelligence 123
Favorite Watering Holes--A Tour of Western Europe and the United States: Places Where Spies Have a Drink and Relax 128
Bosses (Spymasters): The Memorable Ones Who Ran the Spies 133
The Price Is Right: Payoffs and Bribes 142
Freedom of the Press for All Those Who Own a Press: Newspapers Owned or Under the Influence of Intelligence Agencies 148
Patron of Letters: Books Planted by Intelligence Agencies 158
"The Company" and "The Friends" Take to the Air: Radio Stations Run or Controlled by Intelligence Agencies 163
From "A Better World," "A World Full of Bliss" to "A Wet Job" and "The Measles": Assassinations 170
They Shoot Spies, Don't They?: The East and West Swap Spies 177
Great Quips from the Great Game: Great Quotations from the Spy Business 186
Creativity at the Bureau: The FBI Uses Its Creative Writing Skills to Disrupt the Left and Right 189
The Magnificent Five, Plus Five: Soviet Agents Who Penetrated the British Government 199
Loyalty, Loyalty, Wherefore Art Thou Loyalty?: Enemy Officials and Agents Who Helped Britain and the United States 212
Ten for the Intelligence Cognoscenti: Ten Little Known Items of Espionage 222
Ten for Tube Alloys and the Manhattan Project: Soviet Spies Steal the Secrets of the Atom Bomb 232
The Company Goes to the Movies: Movies about Espionage 243
The Company as Culture Vulture: The CIA Fights the Soviets in Music, Painting, and Literature 250
Encounter et al., the CIA's Stable of Highbrow Culture Magazines 261
Ten Selected Books Published by the CIA Front Congress for Cultural Freedom 272
It Always Sounds Better in French--Especially If You Don't Know French 276
Bibliography 283
Index 287
About the Author 301
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2003

    Great (and funny) book

    This is a funny book with a very serious undertone. It shows, to a great degree, how we lived during the later 20th century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2003

    Julia Childs was a spy

    Who would have known that the cook was a spy and the extreme measures that the Czech hockey team would go to to win a game! This book is a fun read. I had a great time reading it. It's a fun look at some very interesting times in our history.

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