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

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Who's spying on you? And how are they doing it?

Spycraft offers an unprecedented look at the CIA's most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible.  

Written by the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service, Robert Wallace (a real-life Q, straight out of the James Bond films), and internationally renowned intelligence historian H. Keith Melton, Spycraft reveals how the CIA carries out its life-and-death missions against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions - including the Cold War, the Cuben Missile Crisis, and the War on Terror. 

More relevant than ever - given the news about Edward Snowden and the NSA, concerns about privacy rights, organizations like Julian Assange's WikiLeaks, and popular entertainment like The Americans and Homeland - Spycraft is an important and revealing primer on the fundamentals of high-tech espionage.  


About the Author

Robert Wallace is the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service and lives in Virginia. A recipient of the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit, Wallace founded the Artemus Consulting Group in 2004, providing management and intelligence counsel to corporate and government clients. He is also a contributor to the oral history program of CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence.

H. Keith Melton is an internationally recognized author, historian, and expert on clandestine devices and technology. He is the technical tradecraft historian at the Interagency Training Center in Washington, D.C. He has assembled the world's largest collection of espionage devices and lectures widely throughout the U.S. intelligence community and abroad. He resides in Florida. 

Henry Robert Schlesinger is an author and journalist who has covered intelligence technologies, counterterrorism, and law enforcement. His work has appeared in Popular SciencePopular Mechanics, Technology Review, and Smithsonian magazine. He lives in New York City.

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

"Reveals more concrete information about CIA tradecraft than any book."
-The Washington Times

"This is a story I thought could never be told."
-James M. Olson, former chief of CIA counterintelligence

"The first comprehensive look at the technical achievements of American espionage from the 1940s to the present."

Product Details ISBN-10: 0452295475
ISBN-13: 9780452295476
Published: Plume, 05/26/2009
Pages: 576
Language: English