The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception
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The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

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by H. Keith Melton, Robert Wallace
     
 

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Once a top-secret training manual for CIA field agents in the early Cold War Era of the 1950s, The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception is now available to the general public. An amazing historical artifact, this eye-opening handbook offered step-by-step instructions to covert intelligence operatives in all manner of sleight of hand and

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Once a top-secret training manual for CIA field agents in the early Cold War Era of the 1950s, The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception is now available to the general public. An amazing historical artifact, this eye-opening handbook offered step-by-step instructions to covert intelligence operatives in all manner of sleight of hand and trickery designed to thwart the Communist enemy. Part of the Company’s infamous MK-ULTRA—a secret mind-control and chemical interrogation research program—this legendary document, the brainchild of John Mulholland, then America’s most famous magician, was believed lost forever. But thanks to former CIA gadgeteer Bob Wallace and renowned spycraft historian H. Keith Melton, The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception is now available to everyone, spy and civilian alike.

Editorial Reviews

Peter Earnest
“An enchanting account of espionage and wizardry at their blackest.”
Tony and Jonna Mendez
“Melton and Wallace have achieved the ultimate mastery of the shadow world where CIA’s smoke and mirrors meet Hollywood’s art of magic, deception and illusion. Like any good stage show, the never-before-disclosed techniques are spellbinding. The history of espionage is expanded by this factual, fascinating account.”
Lance Burton
“A legendary ‘lost’ piece of magic history…It’s James Bond meets Harry Houdini!”
Jeff McBride
“Entrancing! I was amazed to see how the magician’s trade can be twisted to aid in the dark arts of espionage.”
Danny Biederman
“Espionage and magic! A special thrill to read the once-classified CIA magician’s manual.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061725906
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
422,458
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Peter Earnest
“An enchanting account of espionage and wizardry at their blackest.”
Tony and Jonna Mendez
“Melton and Wallace have achieved the ultimate mastery of the shadow world where CIA’s smoke and mirrors meet Hollywood’s art of magic, deception and illusion. Like any good stage show, the never-before-disclosed techniques are spellbinding. The history of espionage is expanded by this factual, fascinating account.”
Danny Biederman
“Espionage and magic! A special thrill to read the once-classified CIA magician’s manual.”
Jeff McBride
“Entrancing! I was amazed to see how the magician’s trade can be twisted to aid in the dark arts of espionage.”
Lance Burton
“A legendary ‘lost’ piece of magic history…It’s James Bond meets Harry Houdini!”

Meet the Author

H. Keith Melton, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is an intelligence historian and a specialist in clandestine technology and espionage "tradecraft." He is the author of several books, including CIA Special Weapons and Equipment, Clandestine Warfare, and The Ultimate Spy Book.

Robert Wallace retired from the CIA in 2003 with thirty-two years of service as an operations officer and senior executive, including an assignment as director of the Office of Technical Services. Wallace is coauthor, with H. Keith Melton, of Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda.

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Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
valenpendragon More than 1 year ago
This is a fairly good book for people interested in the methods magicians tried to teach to spies back in the 1960s. Those methods and more are now the purview of Apollo Robbins, but he has yet to write a declassified book. The best part of this book is that the techniques will work, even on attentive spies or other magicians. The downside is that has moments of being slightly dry, but so does another book, Whiz Mobs from the 1970s, a book about the culture of pickpockets. The best takeaway from these books are changes in the way people think about the process of deception and spy craft in general. It is a good companion to the Sleight of Mind, for those doing research into techniques, like these.
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Great expose of the magicians thought process. The reader should not expect much from declassifed docs, however complete. Does stay true to the magicians code...and the spy ethos by obfuscation and misdirection.