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Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda | [Robert Wallace, Henry Robert Schelsinger]

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

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.
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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

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"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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    Colin Detroit 01-15-11
    Colin Detroit 01-15-11 Member Since 2015

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "more Cold War then Al-Queda - but great!"

    so it starts off slow and ends sorta slow, but the middle is great [{}]

    near the end there is some repeating of stuff that was in the beginning of the book but it is really to give more info about the device or operation [{}]

    this is a great book that covers some great times in history, although you dont know of what is told as it was secret at the time and was not made public so its not something that was in newspapers or on tv, you can still understand and appreciate what is going on [{}]

    the beginning of the book is sorta slow but it picks up pretty fast and keeps going until the last 2 hours or so ad its then a recap or just a closing - its not that its a bad ending its just that you dont get much of the Al-Queda stuff its mostly Cold War through the book as that was a huge part and took up so much of the CIA's time - there is then some Vietnam stuff and brief Afghanistan section then back to a recap of items used and some terms and its over [{}]

    I liked the book as it was a departure from normal "Spy Novels" as it was mostly real stuff and how technological problems were overcome as well as a few failures [{}]

    I say get this book because its something that anyone should be able to enjoy

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    Max R Bales 03-10-09
    Max R Bales 03-10-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"

    Part one was mezmorizing, Part two was great but not as much fun as the cold war.

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    Robert Patterson Calgary, AB Canada 03-10-09
    Robert Patterson Calgary, AB Canada 03-10-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Informative, Interesting and Well Written"

    A great peace of history.

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