The previously untold - and previously highly classified - story of the conflux of espionage and technology, a compelling narrative rich with astonishing revelations, taking listeners from World War II to the Internet age.
As the digital era becomes increasingly pervasive, the intertwining forces of computers and espionage are reshaping the entire world; what was once the preserve of a few intelligence agencies now affects us all. Corera's compelling narrative takes us from the Second World War through the Cold War and the birth of the Internet to the present era of hackers and surveillance. The book is rich with historical detail and characters as well as astonishing revelations about espionage carried out in recent times by the United Kingdom, the United States, and China. Using unique access to the NSA, GCHQ, Chinese officials, and senior executives from some of the most powerful global technology companies, Gordon Corera has gathered compelling stories from heads of state, hackers, and spies of all stripes.
Cyberspies is a groundbreaking exploration of the new space in which the worlds of espionage, diplomacy, international business, science, and technology collide.
©2015 Gordon Corera (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Living just south of a huge data center, I've been curious about the complicated issues of security vs. liberty. This book did a good job keeping a neutral tone, laying out relevant facts with well documented first-hand accounts. I also enjoyed the uniquely British perspective of the author, though the text was very accessible for readers of any nationality.
In my lifetime I've read/listened to hundreds of books and not even one, including legendary works such as Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, came close to the superior quality of this presentation in terms of articulation & presenting a very complex subject into the easily understandable logic.
It's as if the author served filet minion in every sentence including only the most succulent meaningful richness of intellectual information & logic all presented beautifully in chronological order so that the evolution of cyber-technology built upon itself in an orderly flow of rich content.
The highlights for myself:
1. Rare, once classified information of the NSA, GCHQ, Five Eyes, etc. that give light to the mechanics of international intelligence gathering.
2. Beautiful Chronological order of the information took the reader on a journey through time
3. Articulation; the author has a rare natural talent at organizing & presenting information highlighting intuitive thoughtfulness in regards to all the evidence before us. There seems not a wasted word, every sentence was there for an important piece of the overall intellectual infrastructure.
If any reason to listen again to this presentation it is this rare, unique gift the author demonstrates at articulating subject matter into digestible, meaningful, orderly content that gives sense a thorough completeness backed by rich sources. A once in a lifetime read, it wouldn't surprise me to see this book spoken about for the next 100 years.
This book goes back in time to show the history, mindset and culture of spying and how it evolves and diverges into today's technological world. I liked the perspectives of each culture as it relates to governments and private industry. A good read for anyone in the tech or comm fields.
I really enjoyed this book. Lots of information reagarding both the history & current situation of cyber espionage. The reader has an educated British accent that is easy for this Californian to understand and adds to the international flair of the audio version of this book. Highly recommended if you are interested in cyber espionage!
I found this to be a well written(and performed) overview of the history and current questions facing all societies about the use of Information technology.
Yes. The book is well written and well researched. It brings historical perspective to some of the burgeoning issues in a world more and more enmeshed in technology.
Well-researched and engaging history of spying (both governmental and corporate) and how it intersects with technology. Corera starts all the way back in WWI with the cutting of Germany's telegraph line and runs right through into the present, post-Snowden era. The book is expansive and in depth, managing to thoughtfully explain the counterbalancing of security concerns with privacy rights, and pointing out that the interconnectedness of things has only changed the thrust of spying from human sources to cyber ones. The books inclusion of corporate espionage and the ever more entangled relationship between various companies and their domestic governments (not to mention demands by foreign governments) rounds it out as more than just the typical spy versus spy history. Highly recommended.
This book gives a good background into the complexity of Cyber security, from its beginning to present day activities. As someone who is comfortable around computers, I thought the book was interesting and quite informative.
Very interesting review of computers and spies from WWI to modern day. Well researched and put together.
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