By Jeffrey T. Richelson
Here's the last word within historical past of twentieth-century intelligence amassing 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 provider to the crises and uncertainties of today's post-Cold struggle international, supplying an unsurpassed evaluation of the function of recent intelligence in everything of the globe. From spies and mystery brokers to the most recent high-tech wizardry in signs and imagery surveillance, it presents attention-grabbing, in-depth assurance of significant operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence companies, and lots more and plenty extra. the entire key components of recent intelligence job are right here. knowledgeable whose books have bought excessive marks from the intelligence and army groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the an important position of undercover agent expertise from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to today's impressive array of house Age satellites, plane, and floor stations. He presents shiny pictures of spymasters, spies, and defectors--including Sidney Reilly, Herbert Yardley, Kim Philby, James Angleton, Markus Wolf, Reinhard Gehlen, Vitaly Yurchenko, Jonathan Pollard, etc. Richelson paints a colourful portrait of worldwide conflict I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped verify the end result of the struggle on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the big significance of intelligence operations in either the eu and Pacific theaters in international battle II, from the paintings of Allied and Nazi brokers to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he provides us an entire assessment of intelligence in the course of the size of the chilly struggle, 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 disease and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf battle to the miraculous involvement of the French govt in business espionage. complete, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is stuffed with new details on numerous subjects--from the actions of the yankee Black Chamber within the Nineteen Twenties to intelligence assortment through the Cuban missile obstacle to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it's a vital quantity for somebody attracted to army historical past, espionage and event, and international affairs.
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Extra resources for A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century
S. S. weapons to the Allies, Germany resorted to sabotage, one of the many forms of what has become known as covert action. Several ideas for sabotage proposed by a German intelligence agent, Horst von der Goltz, were apparently rejected by Bernstorff. But a September 1914 proposal to blow up the Welland Canal connecting Lakes Ontario and Erie in Ontario, Canada, was approved. 48 Along with some associates, von der Goltz headed for Buffalo, just across the border from Ontario. S. Secret Service agents.
49 Most significantly, though, the German fleet avoided destruction. The initial misinterpretation of Jackson and Oliver made German escape possible; a second error made it inevitable. M. M. M. But Jellicoe considered the information to be obviously wrong. , the German battle fleet, with its battle cruisers bringing up the rear, had been ordered home. The codebreakers Spies in the Great Wai: Eyes and Ears 41 also provided the course and speed of the retreating ships. At 10:41 the information was radioed to Jellicoe, information which should have clearly indicated that the German ships were going to pass through the Horns Reef channel.
The outcomes of the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of the Somme, Tannenberg, the war at sea, and even the diplomatic war would all be significantly influenced by aerial photography, communications intelligence, or both. Preparation France and Germany were the leaders in aerial reconnaissance at the beginning of the war. France began the war with twenty squadrons, and in October 1914 decided to increase the total to fifty. 1 French photographic reconnaissance aircraft were equipped with cameras that could take clear pictures from as high as 3,000 feet.
A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century by Jeffrey T. Richelson