By Jeffrey T. Richelson

This is the last word within historical past of twentieth-century intelligence collecting and covert task. 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 carrier to the crises and uncertainties of today's post-Cold conflict global, supplying an unsurpassed evaluate of the function of contemporary intelligence in all the pieces of the globe. From spies and mystery brokers to the most recent high-tech wizardry in signs 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 extra. the entire key components of recent intelligence job are the following. a professional whose books have got excessive marks from the intelligence and armed forces groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the the most important position of undercover agent expertise from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to today's marvelous array of house Age satellites, airplane, and floor stations. He offers bright pics 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 worldwide struggle I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped confirm the end result of the battle on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the large value of intelligence operations in either the ecu and Pacific theaters in global conflict 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 in the course of the size of the chilly battle, from superpower espionage and undercover agent scandals to covert motion and mystery wars. a last bankruptcy probes the still-evolving position of intelligence paintings within the new international of disease and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf conflict to the unbelievable involvement of the French executive in commercial espionage. finished, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is stuffed with new info on numerous subjects--from the actions of the yank Black Chamber within the Nineteen Twenties to intelligence assortment through the Cuban missile difficulty to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it truly is an important quantity for a person drawn to army heritage, espionage and event, and international affairs.

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Von Bernstorff argued that the emergence of an immense new arms industry in the United States, all of it providing weapons to the Allies— the only side that could safely transport the arms to the front—was unacceptable. S. S. weapons to the Allies, Germany resorted to sabotage, one of the many forms of what has become known as covert action. Several ideas for sabotage proposed by a German intelligence agent, Horst von der Goltz, were apparently rejected by Bernstorff. But a September 1914 proposal to blow up the Welland Canal connecting Lakes Ontario and Erie in Ontario, Canada, was approved.

At the end of October a copy of the Handelsverkehrsbuch (HVB), which had been seized by an Australian boarding party from a German-Australian steamship, arrived at the Admiralty. 38t Even before the HVB arrived another German naval codebook had arrived, courtesy of the Russian navy. On August 26 the German ship Magdeburg ran aground on the island of Odensholm off the Estonian coast. Before the personnel and papers could be transferred to a large torpedo boat that came to the assistance of the Magdeburg two Russian cruisers intervened.

At least thirteen more ships caught fire or suffered explosions while at sea. 54 The year ended, however, with a disruption of the German sabotage network, partly through the carelessness of Albert, who left a portfolio on a train as he hurriedly alighted. S. Secret Service agent who had been following him. 55 But the disruption did not prevent the Germans from carrying out their biggest and most successful sabotage operation in 1916. 57 The explosion caused the entire harbor area to vibrate, as if an earthquake was in progress.

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