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By Jeffrey T. Richelson

Here's the last word inside of historical past of twentieth-century intelligence collecting and covert job. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any secret agent novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British mystery carrier to the crises and uncertainties of today's post-Cold conflict global, providing an unsurpassed review of the function of contemporary intelligence in every little thing of the globe. From spies and mystery brokers to the newest high-tech wizardry in indications and imagery surveillance, it offers attention-grabbing, in-depth insurance of vital operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence providers, and lots more and plenty extra. all of the key parts of contemporary intelligence task are the following. knowledgeable whose books have got excessive marks from the intelligence and army groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the an important function of secret agent know-how from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to today's surprising array of area Age satellites, plane, and floor stations. He presents shiny pictures of spymasters, spies, and defectors--including Sidney Reilly, Herbert Yardley, Kim Philby, James Angleton, Markus Wolf, Reinhard Gehlen, Vitaly Yurchenko, Jonathan Pollard, and so forth. Richelson paints a colourful portrait of global struggle I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped ensure the end result of the battle on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the big value of intelligence operations in either the ecu and Pacific theaters in international struggle II, from the paintings of Allied and Nazi brokers to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he provides us a whole evaluate of intelligence through the size of the chilly conflict, from superpower espionage and undercover agent scandals to covert motion and mystery wars. a last bankruptcy probes the still-evolving position of intelligence paintings within the new international of affliction and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf conflict to the outstanding involvement of the French govt in commercial espionage. entire, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is stuffed with new details on numerous subjects--from the actions of the yank Black Chamber within the Nineteen Twenties to intelligence assortment through the Cuban missile concern to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it truly is a vital quantity for someone drawn to army heritage, espionage and experience, and international affairs.

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59 Black Tom, the most impressive of the German sabotage operations, was by no means the last. A little over five months later, on January 11, 1917, a fire swept through the Canadian Car and Foundry Company plant in Kingsland, New Jersey. An estimated 500,000 three-inch-high explosive shells were launched into the air as a result. 60 Even so, the Kingsland plant was totally destroyed and damage was estimated at $17 million. An inventory indicated the precise losses involved: 275,000 loaded shells, more than 1,000,000 unloaded shells, almost 500,000 time fuses, 300,000 cartridge cases, 100,000 detonators, vast quantities of TNT.

At 10:41 the information was radioed to Jellicoe, information which should have clearly indicated that the German ships were going to pass through the Horns Reef channel. Jellicoe either drew a different conclusion or simply dismissed it on the grounds that Room 40's intelligence was unreliable. 51 Another item of intelligence provided to the Admiralty by Room 40 might have convinced Jellicoe. At 10:10 Room 40 reported that Zeppelin reconnaissance of Horns Reef had been ordered at 9:06. That intelligence might have led Jellicoe to the proper conclusion, but it was never sent out to him.

Most of these were run from nine regional war intelligence posts. Of these, the Antwerp post, headed from early 1915 by Elsbeth Schragmuller, was possibly the most effective. By mid-December Antwerp controlled 62 agents, two-thirds of whom were active. 39 Germany's best known World War I spy was, of course, Mata Hari, designated H-21. Using the well-known dancer for espionage purposes was the idea of Baron von Mirbach, a Illb officer stationed in Kleve. Illb chief Nicolai apparently met her early in 1916 and then put her up at a hotel in Frankfurt-am-Main for her training.

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