A Century of Spies

Intelligence in the Twentieth Century

Jeffrey T. Richelson

Oxford University Press
ISBN 0-19-507391-6 (cloth)
0-19-511390-X (paper)

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Here is the ultimate inside history of the role of modern intelligence across the globe. Unrivaled in its scope and as readable as any spy novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British Secret Service to the crises and uncertainties of today's post-Cold War world. From spies and secret agencies to the latest high-tech wizardry in signals and imagery intelligence, it provides fascinating in-depth coverage of important operations of the United States, British, Russian, Israeli, Chinese, German, and French intelligence services, and much more.

All the key elements of modern intelligence activity are here. An expert whose books have received high marks from the intelligence and military communities, Jeffrey Richelson covers the crucial role of spy technology from the days of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to today's dazzling array of Space Age satellites, aircraft, and ground stations. He provides vivid portraits of spy-masters, spies, and defectors--including Sideny Reilly, Herbert Yardley, Kim Philby, James Angleton, Markus Wolf, Reinhard Gehlen, Vitaly Yurchenko, Jonathan Pollard, and many others. Richelson paints a colorful portrait of World War I's spies and saboteurs, and illuminates the secret maneuvering that helped determine the outcome of the war on land, at sea, and on the diplomatic front; he investigates the enormous importance of intelligence operations in both the European and Pacific theaters in World War II, from the work of Allied and Nazi agents to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he gives us a complete overview of intelligence during the length of the Cold War, from superpower espionage and spy scandals to covert action and secret wars. A final chapter probes the still-evolving role of intelligence work in the new world of disorder and ethnic conflict, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf War to the surprising involvement of the French government in industrial espionage.

Comprehensive, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is filled with new information on a variety of subjects--from the activities of the American Black Chamber in the 1920s to intelligence collection during the Cuban Missile Crisis to Soviet intelligence and covert action operations. It is an essential volume for anyone interested in military history, espionage and adventure, and world affairs.

Praise for A Century of Spies

"A pioneering and illuminating assessment of the role and influence of secret intelligence in the twentieth century which contains much of importance that more conventional histories of international relations leave out."
--Christopher Andrew, author of Her Majesty's Secret Service, KGB: The Inside Story, and For the President's Eyes Only

"This is the missing book--the primer--on the craft of intelligence. It is a highly informed briefing, set in historical perspective, by the best of spy watchers."
--William E. Burrows, author of Deep Black

"Anybody who wants to learn about espionage in the twentieth century needs this book..With his clear writing and insightful analysis, Richelson shows how intelligence operations have affected events in history and in recent days."
--Larry Bond, author of Red Phoenix

About the Author

Jeffrey T. Richelson is a Senior Fellow of the National Security Archive and the author of many books on intelligence including America's Secret Eyes in Space, The U.S. Intelligence Community, and Sword and Shield: The Soviet Intelligence and Security Apparatus.

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