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By Jeffrey T. Richelson

ISBN-10: 0195073916

ISBN-13: 9780195073911

Here's the last word within historical past of twentieth-century intelligence accumulating and covert job. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any undercover agent novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British mystery provider to the crises and uncertainties of today's post-Cold warfare global, delivering an unsurpassed evaluate of the position of recent intelligence in every thing of the globe. From spies and mystery brokers to the newest high-tech wizardry in indications and imagery surveillance, it presents attention-grabbing, in-depth insurance of vital operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence providers, and masses extra. all of the key parts of contemporary intelligence task are the following. a professional whose books have bought excessive marks from the intelligence and armed forces groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the the most important position of undercover agent know-how from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to today's surprising array of house Age satellites, airplane, and floor stations. He offers vibrant snap shots 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 global struggle I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped be sure the result of the struggle on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the large significance of intelligence operations in either the ecu and Pacific theaters in international warfare II, from the paintings of Allied and Nazi brokers to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he supplies us a whole evaluation of intelligence throughout 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 function of intelligence paintings within the new global of disease and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf battle to the miraculous involvement of the French executive in business espionage. finished, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is stuffed with new details on numerous subjects--from the actions of the yankee Black Chamber within the Twenties to intelligence assortment throughout the Cuban missile drawback to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it's a vital quantity for a person drawn to army heritage, espionage and event, and international affairs.

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37 The novice cryptographers soon received three remarkable windfalls— the codebooks for the three main German naval codes. 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.

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. 48 Along with some associates, von der Goltz headed for Buffalo, just across the border from Ontario. S. Secret Service agents. One of von der Goltz's conspirators, Friedrich Busse, backed out when von der Goltz ordered him to travel along the Welland Canal as far as St.

54 The decision to establish these radio intelligence services was a direct result of the Russian recovery of the Magdeburg codebooks. Immediately afterwards the commander-in-chief of the Baltic Fleet decided to establish a "special purpose (OZNAZ) radio intercept station" on the southeastern shore of the Gulf of Finland. The station and its activities, which included both interception and cryptanalysis, were treated with the utmost secrecy. The station's location placed it far from populated areas and German espionage activities.

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