The Tao of Spycraft: Intelligence Theory and Practice in Traditional China

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In The Tao of Spycraft, for the first time anywhere Ralph Sawyer unfolds the long and venerable tradition of spycraft and intelligence work in traditional China, revealing a vast array of theoretical materials and astounding historical developments. Encompassing extensive translations of relevant portions of theoretical military manuals previously unknown in the West (such as the T'ai-pai Yin-ching, Hu-ling Ching, and Ping-fa Pai-yen), the book spans centuries to trace the development and expansion of agent ...

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Overview

In The Tao of Spycraft, for the first time anywhere Ralph Sawyer unfolds the long and venerable tradition of spycraft and intelligence work in traditional China, revealing a vast array of theoretical materials and astounding historical developments. Encompassing extensive translations of relevant portions of theoretical military manuals previously unknown in the West (such as the T'ai-pai Yin-ching, Hu-ling Ching, and Ping-fa Pai-yen), the book spans centuries to trace the development and expansion of agent concepts, insertion and control methods, recruitment, and covert practices such as assassination, subversion, and sexual entrapment and exploitation, going on to explore counter-intelligence and all aspects of military intelligence, including objectives, analysis and interpretation.But The Tao of Spycraft is more than an examination of military tactics, it also provides a thorough overview of the history of spies in China, emphasizing their early development, ruthless employment, and dramatic success in subverting famous generals, dooming states to extinction, and facilitating the rise of the first imperial dynasty known as the Ch'in. The cases discussed-particularly those exploiting women and sex-not only became part of China's general mindset over the ages, but coupled with the theoretical writings remain the basis for the study and teaching of contemporary spycraft methods and practices as the PRC trains and aggressively deploys thousands of agents throughout the world, including the United States.

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Utilizes Chinese military manuals, including some previously unknown in the West, to trace the history and development of intelligence and counter intelligence techniques in China. Sections include early history; covert activities; and prognostication, divination, and nonhuman factors. The author is a China specialist who is translator of definitive versions of several of the great Chinese military writings. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813342405
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/16/2004
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 483,835
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph D. Sawyer, one of America’s leading scholars in Chinese warfare, has worked extensively with major intelligence and defense agencies. After studying at MIT and Harvard and a brief stint of university teaching, Sawyer has spent the past thirty years lecturing and doing international consulting work focused on China.

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Table of Contents

Chronology of Approximate Dynastic Periods
Preface
1 Early Records and the First Spies 3
2 The Spring and Autumn Period 27
3 The Warring States Period 85
4 Fundamental Thrust 123
5 Nature and Theory of Agents 133
6 Operations and Control 170
7 Secrecy and Countermeasures 189
8 Systematic Programs and Psychological Warfare 227
9 Assassination and Other Techniques 249
10 Basic Theory and Issues 289
11 Knowing Men 309
12 Character, Archetypes, and Typology 360
13 Intelligence Applications 377
14 Political Intelligence 388
15 Field Intelligence 427
16 Classifications of Terrain 467
17 Historical Practices and Their Rejection 521
Notes 549
Index 597
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