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Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda by [Robert Wallace, H. Keith Melton, Henry R. Schlesinger, George J. Tenet]
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Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda Kindle Edition

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Today's CIA is regularly criticized for emphasizing technology at the expense of human intelligence. In this history of the agency's Office of Technical Services, Wallace, its former head, and academic specialist Melton (Ultimate Spy) refute the charge with exciting content and slam-bang style. The book's chief value is its perspective on the synergy of technology and tradecraft. From WWII through the Cold War and up to the present, the authors say, technical equipment—for clandestine audio surveillance, for example—has been an essential element of agent operations. In the post–Cold War information society, technology plays an even more significant role in fighting terrorism. Agents remain important, along with their traditional skills. Increasingly, however, they support clandestine technical operations, especially infiltrating and compromising computer networks. The authors persuasively argue that employing and defending against sophisticated digital technology is the primary challenge facing U.S. intelligence in the 21st century. Their position invites challenge, but it cannot be dismissed. 32 pages of photos, over 100 b&w illus. throughout. (June)
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"Details of operational activity are as engrossing as the descriptions of the equipment."
-Library Journal

"Reveals more concrete information about CIA tradecraft than any book... [Deserves] a five cloak-and-dagger rating."
-The Washington Times
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000S1LER4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Plume (May 29, 2008)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 29, 2008
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11605 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 591 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B002PJ4G18
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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