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CIA Special Weapons & Equipment: Spy Devices of the Cold War Hardcover – February, 1993
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The `Foreword' by Richard M. Helms, former Director of the CIA from 1966 to 1973, explains the advances since WW II. This book describes the older equipment (before 1970). The `Introduction' lists the books available. After the OSS was disbanded after WW II President Truman created the CIA. This book has eleven chapters, an Appendix, Glossary, Bibliography, and an Index. This book can't be easily summarized because of its wealth of detail. The eleven chapters are listed, read the book for more details and photographs.
1. Personal Weapons (miniaturized pistols, a silenced P-38 which prevents ballistics identification, etc.).
2. Photographic Equipment (Minox B, cigarette lighter camera, wristwatch camera, cigarette pack camera, infrared film, hidden camera).
3. Agent Communications Equipment (various shortwave receivers and transmitters, Delco 5300, one-time pads, etc.).
4. Audio Surveillance (to listen and record conversations like the "Motel Kit", "hot-mike" telephones, and the "dog doo" transmitter, etc.).
5. Surreptitious Entry (lock picking tools for most pin-tumbler locks, key impression kit, etc.).
6. Incendiaries (equipment destroyer, printed material burner, fire starters, etc.).
7. Firing Devices (to fire a gun or set off a booby trap, 24 hour clock, pressure release switch, electric switch, 30-day clock).
8. Explosives (exploding wheat flour, anti-disturbance mine).
9. Automotive Attack (gas tank bombs, gas tank fuel clog pill, battery destroyer, oil contaminant, tire spikes).
10. Harassing Agents (blister weapon, tear gas powder, tear gas gun).
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