By Jeffery T. Richelson
This is the final word inside of heritage of twentieth-century intelligence amassing and covert job. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any secret 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 cutting-edge post-Cold battle international, supplying an unsurpassed assessment of the position of contemporary intelligence in every thing of the globe. From spies and mystery brokers to the most recent high-tech wizardry in indications and imagery surveillance, it offers attention-grabbing, in-depth assurance of vital operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence companies, and masses more.
all of the key parts of recent intelligence task are right here. knowledgeable whose books have obtained excessive marks from the intelligence and army groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the the most important function of undercover agent know-how from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to present day magnificent array of house Age satellites, plane, and flooring stations. He offers brilliant images 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 ensure the result of the warfare on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the big significance of intelligence operations in either the ecu and Pacific theaters in global battle II, from the paintings of Allied and Nazi brokers to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he provides us a whole evaluate of intelligence through the size of the chilly conflict, from superpower espionage and secret agent scandals to covert motion and mystery wars. a last bankruptcy probes the still-evolving function of intelligence paintings within the new international of affliction and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf struggle to the striking involvement of the French executive in business espionage.
complete, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is full of new info on numerous subjects--from the actions of the yank Black Chamber within the Twenties to intelligence assortment in the course of the Cuban missile situation to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it's a vital quantity for a person drawn to army background, espionage and experience, and global affairs.
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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. 61 The United States entered the war on April 6, 1917. Four days later German saboteurs apparently struck again. A large arms plant at Eddystone, Pennsylvania, was blown up. This time the damage went beyond instruments of war and railroad cars. One hundred and twelve workers, mostly women and young girls, were killed in the blast.
44 That assessment may have been excessive. But Schluga was certainly a far better source than any Illb had in the United States. It had deployed virtually all of its experienced intelligence officers and agents to the major nations expected to be Germany's enemy in any upcoming war—France, Russia, and England. S. capabilities that could influence the outcome of the war. Section nib did not even begin to prepare to collect intelligence concerning the United States until several months after the United States entered the war.
The Russians hoped to trap and eliminate the entire German force in East Prussia in a pincer movement, then move on Berlin. The Russian plan called for General Pavel Rennenkampf's First Army to move toward the East Prussian heartland. At the same time, General Aleksandr Samsonov's Second Army would head north to a point northwest of Tannenberg. 22 As the Russian armies advanced they communicated—among themselves, between armies, and with higher headquarters—by radio. But their cipher clerks and radio operators could not transmit messages with any degree of speed or accuracy.