The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

by H. Keith Melton, Robert Wallace

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Overview

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.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061725906
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 254,550
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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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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.”

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