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REVIEW: Strategic Intelligence. Windows Into A Secret World

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By Loch K. Johnson and James J. Wirtz, eds. Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing Company, 2004. 473 pages, end of chapter notes, bibliography, charts, tables, index The editors of this anthology have assembled 35 articles on the major functions of the intelligence profession written by intelligence officers, national security journalists, academics, think-tank analysts, novelists, and politicians.

The Great Game. The Myth and Reality of Espionage

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  In his book Frederick Hitz compares the exploits of fictional spies, such as Le Carre’s George Smiley, to real-life secret agents. Hitz is a former CIA operations officer, and also served as the CIA’s inspector general. The book is based on a seminar he teaches at Princeton University ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– The Great Game. The Myth

REVIEW: The Encyclopedia of the Central Intelligence Agency

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By W. Thomas Smith, Jr. New York, NY: Checkmark Books, Facts-on-File, 2003. 282 pages. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ An encyclopedia is defined as a comprehensive reference work containing full, complete, in-depth, thorough, wide-ranging, all-encompassing, accurate, exhaustive, articles on numerous aspects of a particular field, usually arranged alphabetically. Thomas Smith's entry into the field falls short on nearly every

REVIEW: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Spies and Espionage

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By Rodney Carlisle.  Indianapolis, IN:  Alpha Books, 2003.  340 pages. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ […] The same cannot be said of Spies and Espionage—it is an encyclopedia of errata.  After short comments on intelligence in Elizabethan times, the American War of Independence, and the Civil War, the book focuses briefly on the formative interwar period in the early

REVIEW: Espionage in the Ancient World. An Annotated Bibliography

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By R. M. Sheldon. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2003. ISBN 0-7864-1365-4. Glossary. Index. Pp. ix, 232. $45.00. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The esoteric processes of gathering, evaluating, and applying intelligence information have preoccupied governments and fascinated observers ever since antiquity. That becomes clear from even a cursory glance at Espionage in the Ancient World, an immensely useful

REVIEW: Espionage. An Encyclopedia of Spies and Secrets

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By Richard M. Bennett. London: Virgin Books, Ltd., 2002. 371 pages. Compiled and reviewed by Hayden B. Peake The dust jacket describes Richard Bennett as an "intelligence analyst since 1966," and lists other impressive credentials. Nevertheless, his encyclopedia of espionage, the most recent of the many books in this genre, stands alone as the most