By Jeffery T. Richelson
This is the final word within heritage of twentieth-century intelligence accumulating and covert job. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any secret agent novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British mystery carrier to the crises and uncertainties of state-of-the-art post-Cold warfare global, supplying an unsurpassed evaluate of the position of contemporary intelligence in every little thing of the globe. From spies and mystery brokers to the newest high-tech wizardry in indications and imagery surveillance, it offers attention-grabbing, in-depth assurance of significant operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence companies, and masses more.
all of the key components of contemporary intelligence job are right here. knowledgeable whose books have bought excessive marks from the intelligence and armed forces groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the an important position of undercover agent know-how from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to present day impressive array of area Age satellites, airplane, and floor stations. He offers brilliant graphics of spymasters, spies, and defectors--including Sidney Reilly, Herbert Yardley, Kim Philby, James Angleton, Markus Wolf, Reinhard Gehlen, Vitaly Yurchenko, Jonathan Pollard, and so forth. Richelson paints a colourful portrait of worldwide battle I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped verify the end result of the conflict on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the big value of intelligence operations in either the ecu and Pacific theaters in global warfare II, from the paintings of Allied and Nazi brokers to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he offers us a whole assessment of intelligence through the size of the chilly conflict, from superpower espionage and secret agent scandals to covert motion and mystery wars. a last bankruptcy probes the still-evolving function of intelligence paintings within the new international of illness and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf warfare to the unbelievable involvement of the French executive in commercial espionage.
complete, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is full of new details on various subjects--from the actions of the yank Black Chamber within the Nineteen Twenties to intelligence assortment throughout the Cuban missile trouble to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it truly is a necessary quantity for an individual drawn to army heritage, espionage and experience, and global affairs.
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Extra resources for A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century
44 Hall came to the aid of the naval cryptographers in two ways. First, he found them working space in Room 40 of the Admiralty Old Building, which was less cramped than their previous working area and subsequently became one of several adjoining rooms from which they worked. The rather eccentric Dilly Knox was given Room 53, much of which was taken up by a bath that had been installed by the Admiralty for use after night duty. Knox claimed that he did his best work in the steamy, soapy atmosphere of a bath.
Jellicoe either drew a different conclusion or simply dismissed it on the grounds that Room 40's intelligence was unreliable. 51 Another item of intelligence provided to the Admiralty by Room 40 might have convinced Jellicoe. At 10:10 Room 40 reported that Zeppelin reconnaissance of Horns Reef had been ordered at 9:06. That intelligence might have led Jellicoe to the proper conclusion, but it was never sent out to him. M. M. 52 Germany failed to achieve its objectives of destroying or crippling the Grand Fleet and breaking Britain's naval stranglehold.
Of these, the Antwerp post, headed from early 1915 by Elsbeth Schragmuller, was possibly the most effective. By mid-December Antwerp controlled 62 agents, two-thirds of whom were active. 39 Germany's best known World War I spy was, of course, Mata Hari, designated H-21. Using the well-known dancer for espionage purposes was the idea of Baron von Mirbach, a Illb officer stationed in Kleve. Illb chief Nicolai apparently met her early in 1916 and then put her up at a hotel in Frankfurt-am-Main for her training.
A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century by Jeffery T. Richelson