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Spycraft Audiobook

Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda

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Publisher's Summary

  • Secret instructions written in invisible ink
  • Covert communications slipped inside dead rats
  • Subminiature cameras hidden in ballpoint pens

If these sound like the stuff of science fiction or imaginary tools of James Bond's gadget-master Q's trade, think again. They are real-life devices created by the CIA's Office of Technical Service. Now, in the first book ever written about this ultrasecretive department, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to give listeners an unprecedented look at the devices and operations deemed "inappropriate for public disclosure" by the CIA just two years ago.

Spycraft tells amazing life-and-death stories about this little-known group, much of it never before revealed. Against the backdrop of some of America's most critical periods in recent history - including the cold war, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the war on terror - the authors show the real technical and human story of how the CIA carries out its missions.

©2008 Robert Wallace, H. Keith Melton, and Henry R. Schlesinger; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Forget James Bond's famous 'Q' and Hollywood, this is the most remarkable and revealing book ever published about the history and technology of spying." (Peter Earnest, executive director, International Spy Museum)

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    Ryan BEAVERTON, OR, United States 11-29-15
    Ryan BEAVERTON, OR, United States 11-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Stories about the technology used at CIA"

    One of the better books about the intelligence community -- focused on Office of Technical Services and the technologies they developed and fielded, as well as some of the basics of spying and why those technologies were useful.

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    Mark D. Rotramel 07-17-15
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    "Things that make you go "Hmmmm""

    Listening to this book left me in awe of those patriots who fight the battle of freedom below the surface of public awareness. Great stuff.

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    Grant Wentworth 07-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A tech nerd's dream!"
    If you could sum up Spycraft in three words, what would they be?

    Innovative, Fun, Educational


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed learning about the evolution of technology and how some private companies help win the Cold War.


    What about David Drummond’s performance did you like?

    He emphasized the right words to give a feeling of what was going through some of the minds of the people he spoke for.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Doing more with a microphone than Bond with a gun.


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    Harry A. 06-12-15
    Harry A. 06-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not worth the time"

    Dry discourse of CIA methodology in excruciating, excessive and redundant detail. A great listen if you suffer from insomnia

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    Henrik Hellerup, Denmark 02-25-15
    Henrik Hellerup, Denmark 02-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting History Lesson"

    This book brings a lot of insight to the history of the OTS department of CIA. It is well written and the perfomance is excellent.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone with the least bit of interest in the history of spycraft.

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    kirk Westwood 01-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "You think it might get "long""

    This book, never gets dry. Never gets boring. From era to era, mission to mission it's level of detail and intrigue stay high. It ignites the imagination, while providing awesome insight into recent history and the clandestine service.

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    Roger 04-12-14
    Roger 04-12-14 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not A Easy Read"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Jump around a lot, taking stories from headlines and adding writers impressions, not worth it in my opinion.


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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 02-08-14
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 02-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun and Interesting. No tech experience required."
    Any additional comments?

    Exactly what i expected! 5 Stars!
    A book about the history of gadgets used in spycraft.
    Lots of excellent little side mission stories within. Also a few of major events explained from a different point of view. Explained in a such a manner that no technical aptitude is required to understand and enjoy.
    A fun listen. Very satisfied.

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    Robert 12-30-12
    Robert 12-30-12

    I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction

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    "well done interesting and informative"

    I learned a lot of tidbits from history made interesting by the devilish details behind them. A good listen.

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    K. Lange 03-09-12
    K. Lange 03-09-12
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    "How they did it"
    What did you love best about Spycraft?

    This book tells you the high and low tech ways that the CIA spyed on its targets, usually the Russians. It is well written. It does a good job of taking you there.


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