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Ultimate Spy

by H. Keith Melton, Markus Wolf (Foreword by), Richard Helms (Foreword by)
 

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Ultimate Spy is the insider's guide to the secret world of espionage.

Peek inside the covert world of espionage — its history, high-tech spy gadgets, and aspects of spycraft from surveillance to assassination. This updated edition includes the latest on the revelations from Wikileaks and Edward Snowden and is filled with stunning photographs that

Overview

Ultimate Spy is the insider's guide to the secret world of espionage.

Peek inside the covert world of espionage — its history, high-tech spy gadgets, and aspects of spycraft from surveillance to assassination. This updated edition includes the latest on the revelations from Wikileaks and Edward Snowden and is filled with stunning photographs that show details of equipment such as spycams, bugs, weapons, and drone aircraft.

Ultimate Spy also includes information on what it takes to be a spy: how spies are recruited, the training they receive, and tricks of the trade. A glossary explains abbreviations of important intelligence and security organizations and defines many common terms used in espionage.

From early espionage to the latest high-tech spy equipment, Ultimate Spy belongs on the bookshelf of mystery lovers, tech fans, and anyone who wants to know how modern spycraft works.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Fans of espionage fiction will be intrigued." — Wall Street Journal

"Anyone who loves the worlds of Fleming, Tom Clancy, and John le Carre will love Ultimate Spy." — Associated Press

"An excellent introduction to the darker side of international relations." — School Library Journal

"An amazing book based on [author Keith] Melton's extensive collection of spy paraphernalia." — Seattle Times

VOYA, August 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 3) - Richard Vigdor
The evolution of espionage is a topic every spy movie speculates upon and every science fiction reader adores. Ultimate Spy goes beyond speculation, outlining the ever-changing job of a spy—from as early as 400 BCE to the present day. Whether it is a camera the size of a button hole or secret compartments in a seemingly ordinary chess board, Ultimate Spy showcases the technology spies use to gather information during a mission. While the job of a spy and all it entails is something that is constantly in flux, the importance of spies throughout history has always been the same: they remain an integral part of government. Ultimate Spy holds all the information of a history textbook but reads like a collection of magazine articles, pulling readers into the time period by providing scoops on some of the most influential people in history. With a large enough catalogue of pictures to make any museum director drool, Melton’s book takes readers on a visual, as well as intellectual, tour of espionage. Ultimate Spy sheds a new light on the shadows of history. Reviewer: Richard Vigdor; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
07/01/2015
Gr 7 Up—Designed in typical DK fashion, with numerous color photographs, this accessible pictorial overview of the world of spying will readily attract browsers. The broad chapter headings are subdivided into two- and four-page subtopics. Each chapter kicks off with an introductory spread, featuring white text on a black background. Captions are generally informative. Not much has changed in this volume compared with the previous edition. One subtopic has been deleted, while two new ones have been added, and about a half-dozen photos and biographic sidebars in the third edition have been replaced with newer ones (including one of Edward Snowden). VERDICT An excellent introduction to the darker side of international relations. However, those who own the third edition need not purchase the fourth.—Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756618971
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.13(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

H. Keith Melton is a renowned historian and specialist in clandestine devices and equipment. He is recognized internationally as an authority on espionage tradecraft and has amassed an unparalleled collection of spy devices, books, and images of famous spies. Part of his amazing private collection is on permanent display inside the Central Intelligence Agency. He lives in Jupiter, Florida.

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