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

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AN UNPRECEDENTED HISTORY OF THE CIA S SECRET AND AMAZING GADGETRY BEHIND THE ART OF ESPIONAGE
In this look at the CIA's most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible, "Spycraft" tells gripping life-and-death stories about a group of spytechs much of it never previously revealed and with images never before seen by the public.
The CIA's Office of Technical Service is the ultrasecret department that grappled with challenges such as:
What does it take to build a quiet helicopter?
How does one embed a listening device in a cat?
What is an invisible photo used for?
These amazingly inventive devices were created and employed against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and continuing terrorist threats. Written by Robert Wallace, the former director of the Office of Technical Service, and internationally renowned intelligence historian Keith Melton, "Spycraft" is both a fantastic encyclopedia of gadgetry and a revealing primer on the fundamentals of high-tech espionage.
The first comprehensive look at the technical achievements of American espionage from the 1940s to the present. WIRED
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.

About the Author


Robert Wallce has led tours, with his wife Gwynneth, to the Holy Land and followed in the steps of St. Paul to Turkey and Greece. After retiring from parish ministry and teaching homiletics, he represented the United Church of Canada on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, which involved much world travel.

H. Keith Melton, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is an intelligence historian and a specialist in clandestine technology and espionage "tradecraft." He is the author of several books, including CIA Special Weapons and Equipment, Clandestine Warfare, and The Ultimate Spy Book.

Praise For…


"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."
-Wired

Product Details
ISBN: 9780452295476
ISBN-10: 0452295475
Publisher: Plume Books
Publication Date: May 2009
Pages: 548
Language: English