By Jeffery T. Richelson
Here's the last word inside of heritage of twentieth-century intelligence amassing and covert job. 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 cutting-edge post-Cold conflict international, providing an unsurpassed evaluation of the position of recent intelligence in everything of the globe. From spies and mystery brokers to the most recent high-tech wizardry in indications and imagery surveillance, it presents interesting, in-depth assurance of vital operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence providers, and masses more.
the entire key components of recent intelligence task are right here. a professional whose books have bought excessive marks from the intelligence and army groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the the most important position of undercover agent expertise from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to trendy mind-blowing array of area Age satellites, airplane, and floor stations. He offers shiny 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 warfare I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped confirm the end result of the conflict on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the big significance of intelligence operations in either the eu 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 an entire evaluate of intelligence throughout the size of the chilly battle, from superpower espionage and secret agent scandals to covert motion and mystery wars. a last bankruptcy probes the still-evolving position of intelligence paintings within the new global of affliction and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf warfare to the fabulous involvement of the French executive in business espionage.
entire, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is stuffed with new details on quite a few subjects--from the actions of the yank Black Chamber within the Twenties to intelligence assortment in the course of the Cuban missile main issue to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it really is a necessary quantity for a person attracted to army heritage, espionage and event, and international affairs.
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22 As the Russian armies advanced they communicated—among themselves, between armies, and with higher headquarters—by radio. But their cipher clerks and radio operators could not transmit messages with any degree of speed or accuracy. Poor cryptographic procedures and the inability to properly use their simple cipher required that messages be repeated over and over. 23 To ease the burden Russian operators resorted to a number of shortcuts—all examples of poor cryptographic practice. Some messages 36 1900-1939 were sent in the clear.
Colonel de Meier, the military attache, headed one. Below de Meier were five circuits, including a special deserter's circuit, with a combined total of at least twenty-one agents. The agents were located in Hanover, Essen, Aachen, Berlin, and elsewhere. 37 The second Russian network in Holland had nine agents. In Switzerland there were four distinct Russian circuits. The first circuit was headed 26 1900-1939 by a Major Ivanov, based in Geneva, and largely responsible for liaison with the French and Czech intelligence circuits based there.
According to the standard account of Room 40's origin and purpose, on the day Britain went to war Rear Admiral Henry "Dummy" Oliver, the director of naval intelligence, received a series of coded signals believed to be of enemy origin, intercepted by an Admiralty wireless station. Oliver suggested to Sir Alfred Ewing, Director of Naval Education, who had advanced knowledge of radiotelegraphy and had dabbled in codes and ciphers, that "education would probably be considered of little importance for the next few 38 1900-1939 months" and Ewing might more profitably devote his energies to dealing with the intercepted signals.
A Century of Spies: Intelligence in the Twentieth Century by Jeffery T. Richelson