Historical Dictionary of Sexspionage

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 22, 2009 - History - 400 pages
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In a surprising number of espionage cases sex has played a significant role_often only in the background_possibly as a reason why a particular individual has lived beyond his means and is in desperate need of cash. FBI agent Earl Pitts sold secrets to the Soviets to ease his financial burdens, which came from his habitually heavy use of male and female prostitutes. Yuri Nosenko collaborated with the CIA after having misappropriated KGB funds to entertain expensive women while on official duties in Geneva, and Aleksandr Ogorodnik of the Soviet foreign ministry was persuaded to become a spy by his pregnant Spanish lover, an agent recruited by the CIA. In the realm of human behavior, sex can be the catalyst for risky or reckless conduct. The Historical Dictionary of Sexspionage explores this behavior through a chronology, an introduction, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the secret agencies, operations, and events. From Delilah's seduction of Samson in 1161 BC to State Department official Donald Keyser's conviction of passing secrets to Isabelle Cheng, a Taiwanese intelligence officer, in 2007, Nigel West recounts the history of sexspionage.

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Anyone interested in spies will know the name Nigel West. Currently the European editor of the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, West is also the author of several ... Read full review

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I have two biographies of Somerset Maugham, plus his nephew's book, "Conversations with Willie".
Nowhere can I find that Maugham had a clubfoot. He did have a stammer. There is repeated reference to
the fact that he based his character Phillip Carey, the protagonist in "Of Human Bondage" on himself, transforming his stammer into Phillip's clubfoot.
Also, Gerald Haxton died in 1944, so he was hardly able to accompany Maugham to the Villa Mauresque after the war.
Also, Syrie Wellcome was not the mistress of Sir John Wallinger, a friend of hers was.
Mr. West would do well to abstain from strong stimulants when attempting to write historical works.
Perhap his next opus could be "The Role of Sex in Computer Programming".


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Nigel West is currently the European editor of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence and teaches the history of postwar intelligence at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, VA. He is the author of many books, including the Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence (Scarecrow Press, 2005), Historical Dictionary of International Intelligence (Scarecrow Press, 2006), and Historical Dictionary of Cold War Counterintelligence (Scarecrow Press, 2007). In October 2003 he was awarded the U.S. Association of Former Intelligence Officers' first Lifetime Literature Achievement Award.

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