Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda

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Penguin, May 29, 2008 - History - 576 pages
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Who's spying on you? And how are they doing it?

Spycraft offers an unprecedented look at the CIA's most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible.  

Written by the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service, Robert Wallace (a real-life Q, straight out of the James Bond films), and internationally renowned intelligence historian H. Keith Melton, Spycraft reveals how the CIA carries out its life-and-death missions against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions - including the Cold War, the Cuben Missile Crisis, and the War on Terror. 

More relevant than ever - given the news about Edward Snowden and the NSA, concerns about privacy rights, organizations like Julian Assange's WikiLeaks, and popular entertainment like The Americans and Homeland - Spycraft is an important and revealing primer on the fundamentals of high-tech espionage.  
 

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Review: Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda

User Review  - Adam Wiggins - Goodreads

Fun and informative walk through the development of American espionage technology. The content itself is gripping. The writing — well, I assume the author spent most of his career writing long and stuffy government documents, and that's a bit of the style we get here. Read full review

Review: Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda

User Review  - Goodreads

One of the better books about the intelligence community -- focused on Office of Technical Services and the technologies they developed and fielded, as well as some of the basics of spying and why those technologies were useful. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
Introduction
SECTION I
SECTION II
Bring in the Engineers
Notes
SECTION III
LET THE WALLS HAVE EARS
SECTION V
SECTION VI
Selected Bibliography
Copyright

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Robert Wallace is the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service and lives in Virginia. A recipient of the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit, Wallace founded the Artemus Consulting Group in 2004, providing management and intelligence counsel to corporate and government clients. He is also a contributor to the oral history program of CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence.

H. Keith Melton is an internationally recognized author, historian, and expert on clandestine devices and technology. He is the technical tradecraft historian at the Interagency Training Center in Washington, D.C. He has assembled the world's largest collection of espionage devices and lectures widely throughout the U.S. intelligence community and abroad. He resides in Florida. 

Henry Robert Schlesinger is an author and journalist who has covered intelligence technologies, counterterrorism, and law enforcement. His work has appeared in Popular SciencePopular Mechanics, Technology Review, and Smithsonian magazine. He lives in New York City.

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