Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying / Edition 1

Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying / Edition 1

by James M. Olson
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Potomac Books
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Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding work that is true to the real ethical issues in intelligence and covert action activities faced today.
jcarterr More than 1 year ago
When I initially ordered this, I was under the impression that it was a kind of hard-hitting ethical treatise on what counterintelligence organizations do on a regular basis. It's not quite that, but it still has some very great qualities. Every chapter is made up of about a dozen people from all walks of life (grad students, for CIA officers, religious men, etc) offering their opinion on what James olson feels are specific plausible situations in counterintelligence operations. After they have their piece, James Olson provides a commentary. While I feel most (not all) of the non-author opinions are kind of lackluster, they do provide a fair perspective on the opinions that one could realistically encounter. The author's comments tend to be much more insightful. While I've never actually been in intelligence, I feel that after reading this book I have a better understanding of how operations generally run and what the practical considerations are. Overall, I feel it's a really good introduction and points you in the right directions to learn more about the topic. However, if you're looking for a very deep discussion on the philosophical and ethical implications of covert operations, this might not be the right book, but it can be one that opens doors to a larger and more in-depth discussion. An excellent starting point!
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Avatar910 More than 1 year ago
A well thought-out discussion of the challenges facing the CIA and spys of all nature. The use of the scenario method was brilliant and leaving in the CIA redacted black lines added to the intrigue. Not for everyone (e.g. book clubs) but well worth reading if you interested in a first hand view of the ethical challenges our CIA officers face in today's world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Besides treating in depth the moral issues of collecting clandestine intelligence (with excellent scenarios), Mr. Olson explains the basics of a number of operational issues -- especially valuable for those not fully familiar with the complexities of field operations. He also provides an excellent bibliography for intelligence issues.