The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

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Harper Collins, Nov 3, 2009 - History - 464 pages
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Magic or spycraft? In 1953, against the backdrop of the Cold War, the CIA initiated a top-secret program, code-named MKULTRA, to counter Soviet mind-control and interrogation techniques. Realizing that clandestine officers might need to covertly deploy newly developed pills, potions, and powders against the adversary, the CIA hired America's most famous magician, John Mulholland, to write two manuals on sleight of hand and undercover communication techniques.

In 1973, virtually all documents related to MKULTRA were destroyed. Mulholland's manuals were thought to be among them—until a single surviving copy of each, complete with illustrations, was recently discovered in the agency's archives.

The manuals reprinted in this work represent the only known complete copy of Mulholland's instructions for CIA officers on the magician's art of deception and secret communications.

 

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User Review  - Selena - Goodreads

Very useful, though I got bored with it after a while. I'll have to buy this though as I'm sure I'll use it in my writing somewhere. Read full review

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User Review  - Greg Stoll - Goodreads

Pretty interesting stuff, although the manuscript itself is a tad long-winded. It's worth the reminder that the CIA had all sorts of crazy schemes to kill Castro back in the day! 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
Copyright

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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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