The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

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Harper Collins, Nov 3, 2009 - History - 272 pages
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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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User Review  - JDR82 - LibraryThing

An interesting book on the intriguing marriage of magic tricks and intelligence operations. Overall, a quick read, but not a book I can rave about. Read full review

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User Review  - MrJack - LibraryThing

Question: Are the tricks and deceptions described by John Mulholland in his CIA manual of magic for spies more James Bondesque or Maxwell Smartish? Answer: Definitely the latter. Many of the hocus ... Read full review

Contents

The Legacy of MKULTRA and
1
SOME OPERATIONAL APPLICATIONS
15
Handling of Tablets
91
Handling of Powders
112
Handling of Liquids
127
Special Aspects of Deception
165
Surreptitious Removal of Objects
183
Working as a Team
191
RECOGNITION SIGNALS
207
Notes
225
Selected Bibliography
245
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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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