Historical Dictionary of Sexspionage by Nigel WestHistorical Dictionary of Sexspionage by Nigel West

Historical Dictionary of Sexspionage

byNigel West

Hardcover | January 22, 2009

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In a surprising number of espionage cases sex has played a significant role-often only in the background-possibly as a reason why a particular individual has lived beyond his means and is in desperate need of cash. FBI agent Earl Pitts sold secrets to the Soviets to ease his financial burdens, which came from his habitually heavy use of male and female prostitutes. Yuri Nosenko collaborated with the CIA after having misappropriated KGB funds to entertain expensive women while on official duties in Geneva, and Aleksandr Ogorodnik of the Soviet foreign ministry was persuaded to become a spy by his pregnant Spanish lover, an agent recruited by the CIA. In the realm of human behavior, sex can be the catalyst for risky or reckless conduct. The Historical Dictionary of Sexspionage explores this behavior through a chronology, an introduction, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the secret agencies, operations, and events. From Delilah's seduction of Samson in 1161 BC to State Department official Donald Keyser's conviction of passing secrets to Isabelle Cheng, a Taiwanese intelligence officer, in 2007, Nigel West recounts the history of sexspionage.
Nigel West is currently the European editor of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence and teaches the history of postwar intelligence at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, VA. He is the author of many books, including the Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence (Scar...
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Title:Historical Dictionary of SexspionageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.74 × 6.03 × 1.16 inPublished:January 22, 2009Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810859998

ISBN - 13:9780810859999

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West, whose specialization is British intelligence history and whose extensive writing experience and global interests are evident in the breadth and depth of the entries, sums up the motivations, techniques, and results of sexspionage in each case history. Rather than relying on tired stereotypes of "type A" men having midlife crises, lonely spinsters, lovelorn secretaries, or isolated bachelors, he delves into complexities of character to explain events.