Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage / Edition 2

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Overview

The Spy Book uncovers the secrets and decodes the messages of the covert world of espionage. Over 2,000 entries on people, agencies, operations, and tools comprise this definitive work. Insiders Norman Polmar and Thomas Allen have unearthed files that have only recently been made available, including many from the KGB. This second edition includes the latest unveiled spies and situations, as well as new entries on the effects of espionage on literature, movies, television, and other media.
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Library Journal
The authors, who have collaborated before on reference and nonreference books on World War II, military intelligence, and related areas (e.g., Code-Name Downfall, LJ 8/95), here aim to cover intelligence operations, spying, and cryptography in a comprehensive, single-volume source. Over 2000 fairly short, alphabetically arranged entries on people, country espionage surveys, various agencies, and tools of the trade form the nucleus. Twenty-seven asterisked entries, so-called "Master Entries," designate more substantive treatment and serve as the stepping-off point to cross references throughout the book. The index is limited to personal names, an interesting decision, and there are five pages of basic suggested readings. Inevitably, a number of entries have already been included in V. and N. Buranelli's Spy/Counterspy (1982) or several of the new reference books published on the history of the Cold War (most recently, The Cold War Reference Guide, LJ 3/15/97). M.H. Mahoney's Women in Espionage (ABC-CLIO, 1993) lists many names not found here and does so in a more engaging writing style. Ultimately, however, this is a very good effort, with some updated information taken from former Soviet and East European archival materials; for high school, public, and academic libraries.Stephen W. Green, Auraria Lib., Denver
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up--An alphabetically arranged encyclopedia, ranging from Biblical incidences of spying to circumstances surrounding Boris Yeltsin's reelection in 1996. Interesting details about television and literary spies are included. The text is clear, and the authors' conclusions are well documented. A system of stars and small capitals indicate master entries and cross-references, respectively. The icons are better suited to a multimedia reference tool where one could more easily move through the maze of interactive text. There is an index of personalities, but no subject index. Entries on fictional spies are strictly alphabetical, so James Bond is under J and Maxwell Smart is under M. Dull, black-and-white photographs are sprinkled throughout. Mark Lloyd's The Guiness Book of Espionage (Da Capo, 1994) is not as comprehensive, but its topical organization makes it a more accessible book for beginning students of espionage and more useful for assignments. Visually appealing and easier to read, H. Keith Melton's The Ultimate Spy Book (DK, 1996) and Richard Platt's Spy (Knopf, 1996) are also better introductory works. Nevertheless, Spy Book is a solid reference source with detailed coverage for readers who are already captivated by the subject.--Margaret Tice, Brooklyn Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375720253
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • Publication date: 7/13/2004
  • Edition description: Subsequent Large Print
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

NORMAN POLMAR has written or co-authored more than 30 books on military and intelligence subjects, gaining him international renown. A defense consultant, he has been the adviser to several members of Congress, the Department of Defense, foreign governments, and aerospace and shipbuilding firms.

THOMAS B. ALLEN is the author of over a dozen books, including the highly-acclaimed War Games. Previously the senior book editor of the National Geographic Society, he has written several books and numerous articles for National Geographic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    the best spy almanac

    THIS IS A WONDERFUL REFERENCE BOOK FOR ANYTHING IN THE WORLD OF SPYS, ESPIONAGE, THE CIA, AND THE THE FBI AND IT IS VERY FAST READING. I WAS ABLE TO USE 'SPY BOOK' BY NORMAN POLMAR AND THOMAS B. ALLEN AND IT IS A GREAT BOOK TO HELP YOU FIND REFERENCES ABOUT SPYS ON THE HISTORY CHANNEL AND PERHAPS WHEAN YOU READ A BOOK ON ESPIONAGE . SPY BOOK IS A GREAT HELPING HAND CAUSE YOU CAN LOOK UP ALL OF THE PEOPLE YOU FIND OUT ABOUT ALL OF THE PEOPLE YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT. SPY BOOK BY NORMAN POLMAR AND THOMAS B.ALLEN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    Becoming a Spy

    Becoming a secret agent is not easy. I went through that experience. I never gave up. One day, I had to be an assistant chief. I was excllent that day. And I became Chief of ACME Virtual Detective Agency.

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