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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An unprecedented history of the CIA's secret and amazing gadgetry behind the art of espionage

In this look at the CIA’s most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible, Spycraft tells gripping life-and-death stories about a group of spytechs—much of it never previously revealed and with images never before seen by the public.
 
The CIA’s Office of Technical Service is the ultrasecret department that grappled with challenges such as:
 
What does it take to build a quiet helicopter?
How does one embed a listening device in a cat?
What is an invisible photo used for?
 
These amazingly inventive devices were created and employed against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions—including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and continuing terrorist threats. Written by Robert Wallace, the former director of the Office of Technical Service, and internationally renowned intelligence historian Keith Melton, Spycraft is both a fantastic encyclopedia of gadgetry and a revealing primer on the fundamentals of high-tech espionage.
 
“The first comprehensive look at the technical achievements of American espionage from the 1940s to the present.”—Wired
 
“Reveals more concrete information about CIA tradecraft than any book.”—The Washington Times
 
“This is a story I thought could never be told.”—JAMES M. OLSON, former chief of CIA counterintelligence


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Contents

SECTION II
23
Moving Through the Gap
81
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword and Shield
87
Fire in the Arctic
103
A Dissident at Heart
110
An Operation Called CKTAW
138
SECTION IV
157
Cold Beer Cheap Hotels and a Voltmeter
159
I
359
Assessment
363
Cover and Disguise
381
Concealments
388
Clandestine Surveillance
401
Covert Communications
420
Spies and the Age of Information
443
An Uncommon Service
461

Progress in a New Era
179
The Age of Bond Arrives
195
Genius Is Where You Find It
232
SECTION V
247
Conspicuous Fortitude Exemplary Courage in a Cuban Jail
249
War by Any Other Name
277
Con Men Fabricators and Forgers
307
Tracking Terrorist Snakes
325
Espionage and the Internet
465
U S Clandestine Services and
475
Pseudonyms of CIA Officers Used
481
Notes
491
Selected Bibliography
535
Acknowledgments
543
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About the author (2008)

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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