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By Jeffrey T. Richelson

This is the final word inside of background of twentieth-century intelligence amassing and covert task. 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 conflict global, delivering an unsurpassed review 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 presents attention-grabbing, in-depth insurance of vital operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence companies, and lots more and plenty extra. all of the key components of recent intelligence job are right here. a professional whose books have acquired excessive marks from the intelligence and army groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the an important position of secret agent know-how from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to today's awesome array of area Age satellites, airplane, and floor stations. He presents brilliant photos of spymasters, spies, and defectors--including Sidney Reilly, Herbert Yardley, Kim Philby, James Angleton, Markus Wolf, Reinhard Gehlen, Vitaly Yurchenko, Jonathan Pollard, and so forth. Richelson paints a colourful portrait of global struggle I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped be sure the end result of the struggle on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the big value 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 a whole review of intelligence throughout the size of the chilly struggle, 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 international of disease and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf battle to the outstanding involvement of the French executive in commercial espionage. complete, 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 through the Cuban missile hindrance to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it's a necessary quantity for an individual drawn to army background, espionage and event, and international affairs.

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It soon became clear that the time and resources devoted to eavesdropping on the enemy were well worth it. At the same time, camera-equipped aircraft flew over enemy territory taking photographs. Intercepts and photographs would prove useful on numerous occasions—and at times crucial—in influencing the course of events. The outcomes of the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of the Somme, Tannenberg, the war at sea, and even the diplomatic war would all be significantly influenced by aerial photography, communications intelligence, or both.

13 Additional reports confirmed the alert of the Russian border guard units, the early departure of Russian army units from their summer training grounds, the arrival of infantry and artillery troops at Vibralis, the assembly of rolling stock at Vilna, and extensive radio traffic between French and Russian stations. M. Illb heard from a tension traveler that war preparations in Vilna had begun. 14 By the time the evening reports arrived a newly formed intelligence assessment board—the Nachrichtenabteilung IVK—had concluded that the Russians had begun their premobilization program.

German troop movements were routinely noted and the information was transferred over the lines by carrier pigeon. The first of the major train-watching networks was codenamed FRANKIGNOUL, after one of its main organizers, Brazil Frankignoul. The network consisted of approximately twenty train-watching posts throughout Belgium and northern France. The Germans closed down the network in the fall of 1916, after discovering its primary means of communication, a train which ran between Lanaken in Belgium and Maastricht in neutral Holland.

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