American Spies: Espionage Against the United States from the Cold War to the Present

American Spies: Espionage Against the United States from the Cold War to the Present


By (author) Michael J. Sulick

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  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 221mm x 36mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Washington, DC
  • ISBN 10: 1626160082
  • ISBN 13: 9781626160088
  • Sales rank: 912,599

Product description

What's your secret? American Spies presents the stunning histories of more than forty Americans who spied against their country during the past six decades. Michael Sulick, former head of the CIA's clandestine service, illustrates through these stories -- some familiar, others much less well known -- the common threads in the spy cases and the evolution of American attitudes toward espionage since the onset of the Cold War. After highlighting the accounts of many who have spied for traditional adversaries such as Russian and Chinese intelligence services, Sulick shows how spy hunters today confront a far broader spectrum of threats not only from hostile states but also substate groups, including those conducting cyberespionage. Sulick reveals six fundamental elements of espionage in these stories: the motivations that drove them to spy; their access and the secrets they betrayed; their tradecraft, i.e., the techniques of concealing their espionage; their exposure; their punishment; and, finally, the damage they inflicted on America's national security. The book is the sequel to Sulick's popular Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War. Together they serve as a basic introduction to understanding America's vulnerability to espionage, which has oscillated between peacetime complacency and wartime vigilance, and continues to be shaped by the inherent conflict between our nation's security needs and our commitment to the preservation of civil liberties.

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Author information

Michael J. Sulick is a retired intelligence operations officer who was director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service (2007--10), chief of CIA counterintelligence (2002--04), and chief of the Central Eurasia Division (1999--2002) among other assignments during his twenty-eight-year career. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from the City University of New York. He is the author of Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War.

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"Mr. Sulick's timely and valuable book, "Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War," should have been required reading before those ladies and gentlemen [of the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee] ever sought national office, because in its succinct, well-written chapters, the author lays out a history few Americans know and some barely even suspect... Mr. Sulick's equally painstaking abilities as a historian have allowed him produce a book that is unfailingly succinct but richly illustrated and well documented. He also brings his practical experience as an intelligence operator to a thought provoking concluding chapter." -- Kenneth Allard, New York Journal of Books, review of Spying in America

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: The Cold War: 1950--701. The KGB Rebuilds2. Spies in the Enlisted Ranks3. Vietnam and the 1960s Part II: Decade of Turmoil: The 1970s1. Espionage and the 1970s2. Soviet Science and Technology Espionage3. James Angleton and the Spy Hunt in the CIA Part III: The Decade of the Spy: Soviet Spies of the 1980s1. Espionage in the 1980s2. Evil Spy for the Evil Empire: John Walker3. The Spy in the National Security Agency: Ronald Pelton4. A Spy in the CIA: Edward Lee Howard5. The Spy in the US Marine Corps: Clayton Lonetree Part IV: The Decade of the Spy: Other Spies of the 1980s1. An Illegal in the CIA: Karl Koecher2. The Army's John Walker: Clyde Conrad3. Spies for East Germany: James Michael Hall and Jeffrey Carney4. The Spy for China: Larry Wu-tai Chin5. The Spy for Israel: Jonathan Pollard Part V: Espionage and the New World Order: The 1990s1. The End of the Cold War and US Counterespionage2. Aldrich Ames and His Impact on the CIA3. The Spy in the FBI: Robert Hanssen4. The Last Vestiges of Cold War Espionage Part VI: Espionage in the New Millennium1. New Threats, Old Threats2. Chinese Nuclear Espionage and Wen Ho Lee 3. Spies for China4. Spies for Cuba I: Ana Belen Montes 5. Spies for Cuba II: Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers6. Espionage and the War on Terrorism7. Cyberespionage Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index