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Headspace : Sniffer Dogs, Spy Bees and One Woman's Adventures in the Surveillance Society

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Crime detection has gone to the dogs and squirrels are being busted for espionage. If you've never wondered about the new direction of 'intelligence-led policing' in our society, now is the time to start. It was a chance encounter with a police sniffer-dog that drew criminal lawyer Amber Marks into the hidden world of the science of smell and its law-enforcement applications. Soon she stumbled into a wonderland of contemporary surveillance, where the spying skills of bees, dolphins and a myriad other critters were being harnessed to build a 'secure world' of bio-intelligence.From the businesses, scientists and military departments developing new smell-based surveillance technologies, to good old-fashioned police dogs, Amber discovered a secret world of security forces, where animals and scent are as important as intelligence agents and CCTV. Part polemical exploration of our burgeoning surveillance society, part humorous memoir, this intriguing book will capture your imagination and get you wondering: just who stands to benefit from all this 'security'?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 28mm | 340.19g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • none
  • 0753515547
  • 9780753515549
  • 1,196,785

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"Fascinating ... there is intriguing material on every page ... this is a wonderful book" Daily Telegraph "A fascinating look at the animal kingdom's involvement in the world of surveillance" Scotsman "A funny investigation into flawed police search and surveillance techniques" Elleshow more

About Amber Marks

Amber Marks is a barrister, currently undertaking doctoral research at King's College, London, into the legal implications of the growth in surveillance. She is the daughter of bestselling author Howard Marks and has published articles on surveillance in the Guardian, Big Issue and the Register.show more

Back cover copy

This is the true story of what happened when one woman started asking questions about sniffer dogs It is a chance encounter with a police sniffer dog that first draws criminal lawyer Amber Marks into the hidden world of the science of smell and its law-enforcement applications. Soon she is invited into secret meetings of security big-wigs and stunbles into a wonderland of contemporary surveillance. There she discovers a brave new Britain, where the spying skills of dogs, dolphins and a myriad other critters are being harnessed to create a 'secure world' in which sniffer bees are as important as intelligence agents. Part exploration of our burgeoning surveillance society, part humorous memoir, Amber's story will capture your imagination and get you wondering: just who stands to benefit from all this 'security'? 'If you like Hunter S Thompson and Jon Ronson, Headspace will blow your mind' Martin Deeson, Senior Editor of GQ and co-founder of Loaded 'A fascinating look at the animal kingdom's involvement in the world of surveillance' Scotsman 'A funny investigation into flawed police search adn surveillance techniques' Elleshow more

Review Text

"A fascinating look at the animal kingdom's involvement in the world of surveillance"show more

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28 ratings
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