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  - David Munn - Goodreads

I was hoping for a little more "inside scoop" on the inner workings of the CIA and some of their spy-craft techniques that are newer that the 50's. What we got was a highly redacted script approved by ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Richard Givan - Goodreads

Lots of the craft of spying along with a liberal number of stories and the history of the business. Now, excuse me while I encode a one time pad and leave a message to my handler at out dead drop. 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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About the author (2008)

Robert Wallce has led tours, with his wife Gwynneth, to the Holy Land and followed in the steps of St. Paul to Turkey and Greece. After retiring from parish ministry and teaching homiletics, he represented the United Church of Canada on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, which involved much world travel.

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".

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