A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century by Jeffrey T. Richelson

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This is the last word within background of twentieth-century intelligence amassing and covert task. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any undercover agent novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British mystery provider to the crises and uncertainties of today's post-Cold warfare international, supplying an unsurpassed assessment of the function of recent intelligence in every thing of the globe. From spies and mystery brokers to the newest high-tech wizardry in signs and imagery surveillance, it presents attention-grabbing, in-depth insurance of vital operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence companies, and lots more and plenty extra. the entire key parts of recent intelligence job are the following. a professional whose books have got excessive marks from the intelligence and armed forces groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the the most important function of secret agent know-how from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to today's awesome array of house Age satellites, airplane, and floor stations. He offers vibrant pics of spymasters, spies, and defectors--including Sidney Reilly, Herbert Yardley, Kim Philby, James Angleton, Markus Wolf, Reinhard Gehlen, Vitaly Yurchenko, Jonathan Pollard, etc. Richelson paints a colourful portrait of global struggle I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped make certain the end result of the battle on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the big value of intelligence operations in either the ecu and Pacific theaters in international battle II, from the paintings of Allied and Nazi brokers to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he offers us a whole review of intelligence in the course of the size of the chilly battle, from superpower espionage and undercover agent scandals to covert motion and mystery wars. a last bankruptcy probes the still-evolving function of intelligence paintings within the new global of illness and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf battle to the incredible involvement of the French govt in business espionage. accomplished, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is full of new info on quite a few subjects--from the actions of the yankee Black Chamber within the Nineteen Twenties to intelligence assortment in the course of the Cuban missile concern to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it truly is a vital quantity for someone drawn to army historical past, espionage and event, and global affairs.

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On December 16, 1916, ten members of the network were executed at Hasselt. 21 Britain was not alone in establishing train-watching networks in Holland and Belgium. French and Belgian networks contributed to the overall intelligence picture. The largest Allied network in German-occupied territory, and one that survived till the end of the war, was code-named LA DAME BLANCHE (THE WHITE LADY). 22 At its peak the network consisted of fifty-one train-watching posts, which reported to twelve secretariats, where individual reports were collated, typed, and enciphered for transmission across the front lines.

59 Black Tom, the most impressive of the German sabotage operations, was by no means the last. A little over five months later, on January 11, 1917, a fire swept through the Canadian Car and Foundry Company plant in Kingsland, New Jersey. An estimated 500,000 three-inch-high explosive shells were launched into the air as a result. 60 Even so, the Kingsland plant was totally destroyed and damage was estimated at $17 million. An inventory indicated the precise losses involved: 275,000 loaded shells, more than 1,000,000 unloaded shells, almost 500,000 time fuses, 300,000 cartridge cases, 100,000 detonators, vast quantities of TNT.

He warned of the German attack on Verdun in February 1916. 30 Carlos reported that: The Germans are to launch a serious offensive in the region of Verdun. The troops charged with this offensive will be placed under the orders of the Crown Prince. . ai The Great Wai: Spies and Saboteurs 25 Unfortunately, Carlos's report was greeted with skepticism by the French High Command, which failed to act on it—possibly because of previous instances where the Germans had managed to pass on false information.

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