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

By Jeffery T. Richelson

Here's the last word inside of heritage of twentieth-century intelligence amassing and covert job. 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 brand new post-Cold warfare international, delivering an unsurpassed evaluation of the position of contemporary intelligence in every thing of the globe. From spies and mystery brokers to the newest high-tech wizardry in indications and imagery surveillance, it presents attention-grabbing, in-depth assurance of vital operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence prone, and masses more.
all of the key components of recent intelligence task are right here. a professional whose books have acquired excessive marks from the intelligence and armed forces groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the the most important function of undercover agent know-how from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to contemporary impressive array of area Age satellites, airplane, and flooring stations. He presents vibrant pictures 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 warfare I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped confirm the 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 conflict II, from the paintings of Allied and Nazi brokers to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he offers us an entire assessment of intelligence in the course of the size of the chilly conflict, 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 international of disease and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf struggle to the fabulous involvement of the French executive in commercial espionage.
finished, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is full of new details on a number of subjects--from the actions of the yank Black Chamber within the Twenties to intelligence assortment in the course of the Cuban missile quandary to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it's a vital quantity for an individual drawn to army heritage, espionage and event, and international affairs.

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27 An intercepted Russian radio message, also transmitted in the clear, revealed the complete organization and destination of Samsonov's army. 28 On August 27 the Germans began their offensive. Over the next four days they pounded the Russian forces, guided by their eavesdroppers. Radio intercepts on the 27th indicated that the Russians were expecting or had received reinforcements and provided insight on the mission of the Russian XV Corps. On the 29th a number of intercepts indicated that the Russians were planning to encircle Konigsberg from the south.

Falkenhayn personally analyzed the reports and treated them as the sole source of information on French developments. Since Schluga repeatedly focused on French weaknesses in character and government, the reports strengthened Falkenhayn's inclination to underestimate the French determination and capability to attack. As a result, in the summer of 1915 he discounted clear indications of an imminent offensive: the forward movement of troops, the construction of installations for an attack, and even intelligence derived from prisoner interrogations.

A model report illustrated their task: 1735 IVOF/28WSL&CHV 4W#4CN/5W# 12CAIS 1W#2CUIS/15W#20 CHR/band noir epauliere jaune No. M. One officer's carriage/28 wagons for soliders and horse Four wagons with four guns/5 wagons 12 artillery caissons One wagon with two field kitchens/15 wagons with 20 trucks black capbands yellow shoulder straps Regiment No. 2S 24 1900-1939 Such reports provided information on the composition of each train and its cargo, whether human or material, down to the last item.

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