Spycraft : The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda

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From two men who know better than anyone how espionage really works, an unprecedented history?heavily illustrated with neverbefore- seen images?of the CIA's most secretive operations and the gadgets that made them possible. It is a world where the intrigue of reality exceeds that of fiction. What is an invisible photo used for? What does it take to build a quiet helicopter? How does one embed a listening device in a cat? If these sound like challenges for Q, James Bond's fictional gadget-master, think again. They?re all real-life devices created by the CIA's Office of Technical Service?an ultrasecretive department that combines the marvels of state-of-the-art technology with the time-proven traditions of classic espionage. And now, in the first book ever written about this office, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to take readers into the laboratory of espionage. "Spycraft" tells amazing life and death stories about this littleknown group, much of it never before revealed. Against the backdrop of some of America's most critical periods in recent history?including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the war on terror?the authors show the real technical and human story of how the CIA carries out its missions.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 53.34mm | 884.5g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • E P Dutton & Co Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0525949801
  • 9780525949800
  • 1,145,066

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aJust amazing! Page after page of jaw-dropping revelations about incredible cases and amazing technology. There has never been anything like this book.a aRichard Gid Powers, author of "Secrecy and Power: The Life of J. Edgar Hoover" and "Broken: The Troubled Past and Uncertain Future of the FBI" aThis book is absolutely the best I've ever read about the CIA's "spy-techs" and the critical role they have playeda] Painstakingly researched, yet written with a novelist's flair, "SPYCRAFT" rips back the veils, revealing unfamiliar cases and offering fresh insights into infamous ones. From chronicling the invention of exploding pancakes to wristwatch cameras and quiet helicopters, "SPYCRAFT" documents how ingenious "techies" turned the CIA's lab into "the greatest toy shop in the world" and proved that if they "could think it --(they) could do it."a --Pete Earley, author of "Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy After The End of The Cold War" and "Confessions of a Spy; The Real Story of Aldrich Ames" aA must read for anyone interested in the world of CIA clandestine operations. The authors open a door on a hidden area that even those of us who have served in the Agency rarely see. Incredible research and great writing make this a fun ride through the history of this until now overlooked secret world deep inside the CIA.a aGary C. Schroen, author of "First In" aThis is a story I thought could never be told. The CIA's super-secret gadgets and technical operations were the difference maker in the espionage wars. Bob Wallace and Keith Melton have done a brilliant job of taking us into this amazing and arcane world. Behind all of us who did the front linespying for the CIA stood some remarkable and unsung heroes, the scientists and engineers of OTS. It was a beautiful partnership. Don't miss this book. Nothing like it has been written before.a aJames M. Olson, former chief of CIA counterintelligence and author of "Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying" aStuffed with stories about chemical taggants, forged documents, physical and psychological disguises, software beacons that reveal the location of a cell phone or a laptopa]this extraordinary, detailed, accurate book tells more about what spies really do, the risks they run and their schemes to avoid them, than all the James Bond stories put together.a aDavid Kahn, author of "The Codebreakers"show more

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