American Spies

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

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 160.02 x 220.98 x 35.56mm | 861.82g
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • English
  • 1626160082
  • 9781626160088
  • 755,616

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 1970s4. Espionage and the 1970s5. Soviet Science and Technology Espionage6. James Angleton and the Spy Hunt in the CIA Part III: The Decade of the Spy: Soviet Spies of the 1980s7. Espionage in the 1980s8. Evil Spy for the Evil Empire: John Walker9. The Spy in the National Security Agency: Ronald Pelton10. A Spy in the CIA: Edward Lee Howard11.The Spy in the US Marine Corps: Clayton Lonetree Part IV: The Decade of the Spy: Other Spies of the 1980s12. The Illegal in the CIA: Karl Koecher13. The Army's John Walker: Clyde Conrad14. Spies for East Germany: James Michael Hall and Jeffrey Carney15. The Spy for China: Larry Wu-tai Chin16. The Spy for Israel: Jonathan Pollard Part V: Espionage and the New World Order: The 1990s17. The End of the Cold War and US Counterespionage18. Aldrich Ames and His Impact on the CIA19. The Spy in the FBI: Robert Hanssen20. The Last Vestiges of Cold War Espionage Part VI: Espionage in the New Millennium21. New Threats, Old Threats22. Chinese Nuclear Espionage and Wen Ho Lee Case23. Spies for China24. Spies for Cuba I: Ana Belen Montes 25. Spies for Cuba II: Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers26. Espionage and the War on Terrorism27. Cyberespionage Conclusion Notes Bibliography About the Author Index
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As a bibliophile who devours several lineal feet of books on espionage and intelligence each month, both for review and for pleasure, I find it delightful to encounter a volume written by a professional who has walked the ground about which he writes ... Albeit scholarly, it brims with details of spying that make for enjoyable reading. The Intelligencer: Journal of US Intelligence Studies The book is very readable; it is a history of espionage played out on American shores. The stories are long enough to be detailed but short enough to hold attention. While reading I kept hoping someone would find out about them and stop the leakage of secrets but usually they were able to spy for years undetected. I very much recommend this book as a caution to our current times. San Francisco Book Review In addition to being an interesting, well-researched, and well-written book, 'American Spies' is a thought-provoking ... analysis of the security and counterintelligence problems the United States faces today and in the future. It should be read by anyone who has a professional or personal interest in these areas. Proceedings Sulick blends the historical record with his own intelligence expertise to create a nonfiction espionage thriller on par with the best of Ian Fleming and John Le Carre. Choice Makes real-life spy history come alive, and is highly recommended especially for public and college library American History shelves. Midwest Book Review I find it delightful to encounter a volume written by a professional who has walked the ground about which he writes. A must-read. The Washington Times
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About Michael J. Sulick

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 (2002-4), 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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