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

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9780452295476: Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda

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aJust amazing! Page after page of jaw-dropping revelations about incredible cases and amazing technology. There has never been anything like this book.a
aRichard Gid Powers, author of "Secrecy and Power: The Life of J. Edgar Hoover" and "Broken: The Troubled Past and Uncertain Future of the FBI"
aThis book is absolutely the best I've ever read about the CIA's "spy-techs" and the critical role they have playeda] Painstakingly researched, yet written with a novelist's flair, "SPYCRAFT" rips back the veils, revealing unfamiliar cases and offering fresh insights into infamous ones. From chronicling the invention of exploding pancakes to wristwatch cameras and quiet helicopters, "SPYCRAFT" documents how ingenious "techies" turned the CIA's lab into "the greatest toy shop in the world" and proved that if they "could think it --(they) could do it."a
--Pete Earley, author of "Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy After The End of The Cold War" and "Confessions of a Spy; The Real Story of Aldrich Ames"
aA must read for anyone interested in the world of CIA clandestine operations. The authors open a door on a hidden area that even those of us who have served in the Agency rarely see. Incredible research and great writing make this a fun ride through the history of this until now overlooked secret world deep inside the CIA.a
aGary C. Schroen, author of "First In"
aThis is a story I thought could never be told. The CIA's super-secret gadgets and technical operations were the difference maker in the espionage wars. Bob Wallace and Keith Melton have done a brilliant job of taking us into this amazing and arcane world. Behind all of us who did the front linespying for the CIA stood some remarkable and unsung heroes, the scientists and engineers of OTS. It was a beautiful partnership. Don't miss this book. Nothing like it has been written before.a
aJames M. Olson, former chief of CIA counterintelligence and author of "Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying"
aStuffed with stories about chemical taggants, forged documents, physical and psychological disguises, software beacons that reveal the location of a cell phone or a laptopa]this extraordinary, detailed, accurate book tells more about what spies really do, the risks they run and their schemes to avoid them, than all the James Bond stories put together.a
aDavid Kahn, author of "The Codebreakers"

aTodayas CIA is regularly criticized for emphasizing technology at the expense of ahuman intelligence.a In this history of the agencyas Office of Technical Services, Wallace, its former head, and academic specialist Melton (Ultimate Spy) refute the charge with exciting content and slam-bang style. The bookas chief value is its perspective on the synergy of technology and tradecraft. From WWII through the Cold War and up to the present, the authors say, technical equipmentafor clandestine audio surveillance, for exampleahas been an essential element of agent operations. In the post-Cold War ainformation society, a technology plays an even more significant role in fighting terrorism. Agents remain important, along with their traditional skills. Increasingly, however, they support clandestine technical operations, especially infiltrating and compromising computer networks. The authors persuasively argue that employing and defending against sophisticated digital technology is the primary challenge facing U.S. intelligence in the 21st century. Their position invites challenge, but it cannot be dismissed.a
--"Publishers Weekly"
aModern espionage requires more than a fast car and a shaken martini; it demands suitable equipment with which to gather, store, and transmit information. Wallace, former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Services (OTS), and H. Keith Melton (CIA Special Weapons & Equipment: Spy Devices of the Cold War), together with Henry Robert Schlesinger (coauthor, "Brooklyn Bounce: The True- Life Adventures of a Good Cop in a Bad Precinct"), present this well-written account of the ingenious items and procedures developed by the OTS to support field agents. Thedetails of operational activity are as engrossing as the descriptions of the equipment, military and otherwiseae.g., miniature cameras and radios, obscure drugs, tiny weapons, secret compartments, and forged documentsadepicted here in 100- plus fascinating diagrams and photographs.a
--"Library Journal"
aJust amazing! Page after page of jaw-dropping revelations about incredible cases and amazing technology. There has never been anything like this book.a
aRichard Gid Powers, author of "Secrecy and Power: The Life of J. Edgar Hoover" and "Broken: The Troubled Past and Uncertain Future of the FBI"
aThis book is absolutely the best I've ever read about the CIA's "spy-techs" and the critical role they have playeda] Painstakingly researched, yet written with a novelist's flair, "SPYCRAFT" rips back the veils, revealing unfamiliar cases and offering fresh insights into infamous ones. From chronicling the invention of exploding pancakes to wristwatch cameras and quiet helicopters, "SPYCRAFT" documents how ingenious "techies" turned the CIA's lab into "the greatest toy shop in the world" and proved that if they "could think it --(they) could do it."a
--Pete Earley, author of "Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy After The End of The Cold War" and "Confessions of a Spy; The Real Story of Aldrich Ames"
aA must read for anyone interested in the world of CIA clandestine operations. The authors open a door on a hidden area that even those of us who have served in the Agency rarely see. Incredible research and great writing make this a fun ride through the history of this until now overlooked secret world deep inside the CIA.a
aGary C. Schroen, author of"First In"
aThis is a story I thought could never be told. The CIA's super-secret gadgets and technical operations were the difference maker in the espionage wars. Bob Wallace and Keith Melton have done a brilliant job of taking us into this amazing and arcane world. Behind all of us who did the front line spying for the CIA stood some remarkable and unsung heroes, the scientists and engineers of OTS. It was a beautiful partnership. Don't miss this book. Nothing like it has been written before.a
aJames M. Olson, former chief of CIA counterintelligence and author of "Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying"
aStuffed with stories about chemical taggants, forged documents, physical and psychological disguises, software beacons that reveal the location of a cell phone or a laptopa]this extraordinary, detailed, accurate book tells more about what spies really do, the risks they run and their schemes to avoid them, than all the James Bond stories put together.a
aDavid Kahn, author of "The Codebreakers"

aDetails of operational activity are as engrossing as the descriptions of the equipment.a
a"Library Journal"
aReveals more concrete information about CIA tradecraft than any booka] [Deserves] a five cloak-and-dagger rating.a
a"The Washington Times"

"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"
"Reveals more concrete information about CIA tradecraft than any book."--The Washington Times

"This is a story I thought could never be told."--James M. Olson, former chief of CIA counterintelligence

"The first comprehensive look at the technical achievements of American espionage from the 1940s to the present."--Wired

-Reveals more concrete information about CIA tradecraft than any book.---The Washington Times

-This is a story I thought could never be told.---James M. Olson, former chief of CIA counterintelligence

-The first comprehensive look at the technical achievements of American espionage from the 1940s to the present.---Wired

Reseña del editor:

An unprecedented history of the CIA's secret and amazing gadgetry behind the art of espionage
In this look at the CIA's most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible, Spycraft tells gripping life-and-death stories about a group of spytechs--much of it never previously revealed and with images never before seen by the public.
The CIA's Office of Technical Service is the ultrasecret department that grappled with challenges such as:
What does it take to build a quiet helicopter?
How does one embed a listening device in a cat?
What is an invisible photo used for?
These amazingly inventive devices were created and employed against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions--including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and continuing terrorist threats. Written by Robert Wallace, the former director of the Office of Technical Service, and internationally renowned intelligence historian Keith Melton, Spycraft is both a fantastic encyclopedia of gadgetry and a revealing primer on the fundamentals of high-tech espionage.
-The first comprehensive look at the technical achievements of American espionage from the 1940s to the present.---Wired
-Reveals more concrete information about CIA tradecraft than any book.---The Washington Times

-This is a story I thought could never be told.---JAMES M. OLSON, former chief of CIA counterintelligence

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