A Century of Spies is filled with new information on a variety of subjects - from the activities of the American Black Chamber in the s to intelligence collection during the Cuban missile crisis to Soviet intelligence and covert action operations. It is an essential volume for anyone interested in military history, espionage and adventure, and world affairs. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 27, Mel rated it it was ok Shelves: waste-of-my-time.
I had to read this book for a college class. While the information kept my interest up, the author seemed to have the same problem with this book as with his "The US Intelligence Community" in that he would write about one topic and then abruptly move on to the next topic. I never felt like I had enough information on any one topic and altogether it made for a very unpleasant reading experience. This one was a long, hard slog for me. Very dry and technical. Not a whole lot of narrative flow. I'm not enough of a spy nerd to have found it compelling. I'm glad I read it just as I'm glad I get my teeth cleaned or my prostate checked , but I didn't enjoy it much.
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Sowards added it Shelves: historys , This book contained a lot of interesting information. It read more like a textbook or reference book than a narrative. I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the last half. That could be my lack of interest in detailed analysis of satellite capabilities, or it c This book contained a lot of interesting information. That could be my lack of interest in detailed analysis of satellite capabilities, or it could be that more declassified information was available to the author for earlier events.
The book covers interesting events in a straightforward, academic way. Most of the events have entire books dedicated to more detailed accounts, but A Century of Spies does a nice job of giving you a lot of information about a lot of different things.
Do I recommend it? Just be aware that the primary purpose of the book is education, not entertainment. Apr 18, William rated it liked it. A good aerial view of operational imperatives, successes and failures; it is more or less indispensable as an introduction to the subject.
I can definitely see this as a primary text in Espionage , and anyone considering writing period pieces or espionage-related work should first consult this work.
Plenty of footnotes and references within it for secondary material which merit further in-depth analysis as well. Feb 27, Spencer Willardson rated it really liked it. Great overview of the intelligence episodes that shaped and were shaped by the Western mainly US intelligence agencies.
Aug 21, Lee rated it it was amazing. Amazing history and interesting information about intelligence, espionage, counterterrorism, etc. Michael J. Why Suffer?
Here is the ultimate inside history of twentieth-century intelligence gathering and covert activity. Here is the ultimate inside history of twentieth-century intelligence gathering and covert activity. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any spy novel.
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