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9780452295476

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

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    9780452295476

  • ISBN10:

    0452295475

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-05-26
  • Publisher: Plume
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Summary

In this the first book ever written about the CIA's Office of Technical Service, former director Robert Wallace (a real-life Q, straight out of the James Bond films) and internationally renowned intelligence historian H. Keith Melton offer an unprecedented look at the CIA's most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible. Against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions- including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the current War on Terror-the authors show how the CIA carries out its missions employing amazingly inventive tools. Illustrated with images never before seen by the public-and featuring everything from micro cameras to wired kitties to exploding pancakes-Spycraft is both a fantastic encyclopedia of gadgetry and a revealing primer on the fundamentals of high-tech espionage.'Details of operational activity are as engrossing as the descriptions of the equipment.' -Library Journal'Reveals more concrete information about CIA tradecraft than any book... [Deserves] a five cloak-and-dagger rating.'-The Washington Times

Author Biography

Robert Wallace is the former director of the CIA-'s Office of Technical Service.

H. Keith Melton is the technical tradecraft historian at the Interagency Training Center in Washington, D.C.

Henry Robert Schlesinger writes for Popular Science covering intelligence technologies and counterterrorism.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Official Message from the CIAp. xxvii
At The Beginning
My Hair Stood on Endp. 3
We Must Be Ruthlessp. 16
Playing Catch-Up
The Penkovsky Erap. 25
Beyond Penkovksyp. 36
Bring in the Engineersp. 53
Building Better Gadgetsp. 62
In The Passing Lane
Moving Through the Gapp. 81
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword (and Shield)p. 87
Fire in the Arcticp. 103
A Dissident at Heartp. 110
An Operation Called CKTAWp. 138
Let The Walls Have Ears
Cold Beer, Cheap Hotels, and a Voltmeterp. 159
Progress in a New Erap. 179
The Age of Bond Arrivesp. 195
Genius Is Where You Find Itp. 232
Prison, Bullet, Passport, Bomb
Conspicuous Fortitude, Exemplary Courage in a Cuban Jailp. 249
War by Any Other Namep. 277
Con Men, Fabricators, and Forgersp. 307
Tracking Terrorist Snakesp. 325
Fundamentals of Tradecraft
Assessmentp. 363
Cover and Disguisep. 381
Concealmentsp. 388
Clandestine Surveillancep. 401
Covert Communicationsp. 420
Spies and the Age of Informationp. 443
Epilogue: An Uncommon Servicep. 461
U.S. Clandestine Services and OTS Organizational Genealogyp. 465
Selected Chronology of OTSp. 466
Directors of OTSp. 468
CIA Trailblazers from OTSp. 469
Pseudonyms of CIA Officers Usedp. 471
Instructions to Decipher the Official Message from the CIA on page xxvp. 472
Glossaryp. 473
Notesp. 481
Selected Bibliographyp. 525
Acknowledgmentsp. 533
Indexp. 537
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