Keith Melton The Ultimate Spy

ISBN 13: 9780751302561

The Ultimate Spy

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A book answering the demand for information about about the range of undercover activity that shapes international relations. Public interest in espionage has never been greater, fuelled by media coverage of real-life incidents and fanned by a continuous supply of spy fiction. Containing specially commissioned photography and archive material, this book covers the whole spectrum of espionage from the daily life of a special agent to the complex world of international intelligence agencies. The book tells the story of numerous famous spying operations, including those at the height of the Cold War, and provids information on international intelligence-gathering technology.

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About the Author:

H. Keith Melton is a renowned historian and specialist in clandestine devices and equipment. He is recognized internationally as an authority on espionage tradecraft and has amassed an unparalleled collection of spy devices, books, and images of famous spies.

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Adult/High School-Significant events impacting the world of espionage have happened since the previous edition of this book (DK, 1996). Just within the past two years, the Hanssen case made headlines, and intense focus has been put on counterterrorist measures. These items and more are included here. Added to the material on spy history is a section on post-Cold War happenings, and gadget-philes will drool over the greatly expanded "Equipment and Techniques" section. Also, the identity of the inspiration for Ian Fleming's "Q" character in the James Bond novels is revealed in a neat little biography. Fans of the previous Ultimate Spy will be happy to see that the superb pictorial layout of the Enigma machine is still here along with step-by-step photos of how to operate it. The format remains the same: easy-to-digest text supplemented with an abundance of crisp, eye-catching photos. Detracting slightly from the book are a couple of captions that were complete in the earlier edition, but are missing the last sentence in this one. Still, this volume is a sure winner for reluctant readers, and even those libraries with the earlier version should consider adding this updated edition to their collections.
Sheila Shoup, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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