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

A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century

byJeffery T. Richelson

Paperback | April 1, 1997

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Here is the ultimate inside history of twentieth-century intelligence gathering and covert activity. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any spy novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British Secret Service to the crises and uncertainties oftoday's post-Cold War world, offering an unsurpassed overview of the role of modern intelligence in every part of the globe. From spies and secret agents to the latest high-tech wizardry in signals and imagery surveillance, it provides fascinating, in-depth coverage of important operations of UnitedStates, British, Russian, Israeli, Chinese, German, and French intelligence services, and much more. All the key elements of modern intelligence activity are here. An expert whose books have received high marks from the intelligence and military communities, Jeffrey Richelson covers the crucial role of spy technology from the days of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to today's dazzling array ofSpace Age satellites, aircraft, and ground stations. He provides vivid portraits of spymasters, spies, and defectors--including Sidney Reilly, Herbert Yardley, Kim Philby, James Angleton, Markus Wolf, Reinhard Gehlen, Vitaly Yurchenko, Jonathan Pollard, and many others. Richelson paints a colorfulportrait of World War I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the secret maneuvering that helped determine the outcome of the war on land, at sea, and on the diplomatic front; he investigates the enormous importance of intelligence operations in both the European and Pacific theaters in World WarII, from the work of Allied and Nazi agents to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he gives us a complete overview of intelligence during the length of the Cold War, from superpower espionage and spy scandals to covert action and secret wars. A final chapter probes thestill-evolving role of intelligence work in the new world of disorder and ethnic conflict, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf War to the surprising involvement of the French government in industrial espionage. Comprehensive, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is filled with new information on a variety of subjects--from the activities of the American Black Chamber in the 1920s to intelligence collection during the Cuban missile crisis to Soviet intelligence and covert actionoperations. It is an essential volume for anyone interested in military history, espionage and adventure, and world affairs.
Jeffrey T. Richelson is a Senior Fellow of the National Security Archive and the author of many books on espionage and intelligence, including America's Secret Eyes in Space, The U.S. Intelligence Community, and Sword and Shield: The Soviet Intelligence and Security Apparatus.
Title:A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 6.14 × 9.17 × 1.38 inPublished:April 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019511390X

ISBN - 13:9780195113907

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting Got this book for a history course. It is very dense and could be hard to follow at times - at the beginning Richelson name drops many different intelligence departments back to back - but it serves for a very educational read and supplements additional research. A lot of ground is covered in this book.
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The 20th century has been a mess of war, political conflict, scientific advances and international systems. Luckily, there was always someone along the way to uncover the secrets and report back to the enemy. A Century of Spies is the ultimate inside history of intelligence gathering during the last hundred years. Jeffrey Richelson turns a sharp eye to the crucial role spying has played since the days of the Wright brothers, when aviation secrets flowed vicariously, all the way to the present, where intricate international networks help to get classified information across political and economic borders.

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"A pioneering and illuminating assessment of the role and influence of secret intelligence in the twentieth century which contains much of importance that more conventional histories of international relations leave out."--Christopher Andrew, author of Her Majesty's Secret Service, KGB: The Inside Story, and For the President's Eyes Only.