A Short Course in the Secret War

Christopher Felix

Published by E.P. Dutton & Co., 1963
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From dust jacket: 'This authoritative book, written under a pseudonym by a former U.S. government official and veteran of many secret service operations, reveals in full the reasons and methods employed by nations in obtaining intelligence by undercover means. Candid and critical - yet realistically optimistic - A Short Course in Secret War provides a fascinating and eye-opening inside look at the intelligence operations which are today's necessary counterpart to international diplomacy. The author, who has had many years of experience as an agent and as a case officer directing important U.S. intelligence operations, explains fully why America, as well as other nations, must employ covert tactics to obtain information vital to our defense. Because of the apparent contradiction between overt, idealistic national policy and covert, "underhanded," intelligence operations, uninformed Americans are dismayed by fiascos such as the U-2 incident and the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, and so Felix begins his book by telling us exactly what the secret war really is and why the nations of the world give tacit consent to the need to operate under cover. Felix goes on to explain how secret information is gathered, why such information is gathered, why such information is a powerful weapon and deterrent to war, how an intelligence operation is set up, the psychology of the field agent (today's term for "spy") and of the case officer who directs him. Felix details the techniques of modern spying, which are far different from what they used to be - and from what the public imagines them to be. These techniques include espionage, counter-espionage, guerilla warfare, "spontaneous" demonstrations, the cultivation of informers, and the need for use of "cover." Then to show the rules and theories of secret war in action, Felix uses the actual case history of a prolonged operation which he took part: the secret intelligence activities against the Russians in Hungary immediately following World War II.' Dust jacket well worn, torn and small pieces missing. NEAT underlining in pencil and pen. Notes written in the margins. Author's name identified in margin notes. A few pages slightly dog-eared. Dust jacket now protected in mylar. Inventory #29-001307-3240. Bookseller Inventory # 001307

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Title: A Short Course in the Secret War

Publisher: E.P. Dutton & Co.

Publication Date: 1963

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Poor

Edition: 1st Edition

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