Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage

 
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The most comprehensive single volume ever published, covering intelligence, espionage, & cryptography. Covers from the earliest use of the word spy to the revelations of the Aldrich Ames case & the post-Cold War reorg. of Russian intelligence. More than 2,000 entries on people, agencies, operations, tradecraft, & tools uncover the secrets of this underground world. Reveals the most interesting cases & those that have had the greatest influence on world events. 27 Master Entries include major spy rings, major countries outlining nat. intelligence serv. & activities, & all categories of tradecraft. Over 60 illustrations, many published for the first time.

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Norman Polmar and Thomas Allen describe espionage as the world's second-oldest profession, right behind prostitution. They say the two trades share much of the same allure: "Money, secrecy, sex, great public interest, and people's reputations--or lack thereof--are involved in both professions." Spies are probably the objects of greater curiosity, given their proximity to the corridors of power. And now Polmar and Allen have come up with a compendium that informs on the informers, from "A-2" (the intelligence staff of the U.S. Army Air Corps) to "Zelle, Margaretha" (Mata Hari's real name). More than 2,000 entries deliver the scoop on agencies, operations, jargon, technology, and even such fictional figures as James Bond.

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The Spy Book uncovers the secrets and decodes the messages of the covert world of espionage. Over 2,000 entries on people, agencies, operations, and tools comprise this definitive work. Insiders Norman Polmar and Thomas Allen have unearthed files that have only recently been made available, including many from the KGB. This second edition includes the latest unveiled spies and situations, as well as new entries on the effects of espionage on literature, movies, television, and other media.

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