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CIA Special Weapons & Equipment: Spy Devices of the Cold War Hardcover – February, 1993

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This slim volume offers a reasonable selective overview, made up of good pictures and terse text, of much of the CIA's exotic hardware in use from 1945 through 1970. Although more of historical than contemporary interest (state-of-the-art counterparts of this gear are, quite understandably, still classified information), Melton's effort will be absorbing for anyone with even a mild interest in the history of covert operations or espionage. It will also be a useful reference to writers of cold war spy thrillers; it proves that the late Ian Fleming's imagination was not necessarily working overtime when he equipped James Bond. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc; First Edition edition (February 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806987324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806987323
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CIA Special Weapons & Equipment, H. Keith Melton

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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Great , good history
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CIA Special Weapons & Equipment: Spy Devices of the Cold War by H. Keith Melton is worth buying. Seller shipped quickly, as agreed.
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