By Jeffrey T. Richelson
Here's the final word inside of background of twentieth-century intelligence accumulating and covert task. Unrivalled in its scope and as readable as any undercover agent novel, A Century of Spies travels from tsarist Russia and the earliest days of the British mystery provider to the crises and uncertainties of today's post-Cold conflict international, supplying an unsurpassed review of the position of recent 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 interesting, in-depth insurance of vital operations of usa, British, Russian, Israeli, chinese language, German, and French intelligence prone, and masses extra. the entire key parts of contemporary intelligence task are the following. knowledgeable whose books have acquired excessive marks from the intelligence and army groups, Jeffrey Richelson covers the an important position of undercover agent know-how from the times of Marconi and the Wright Brothers to today's magnificent array of area Age satellites, plane, and flooring stations. He presents brilliant images 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 worldwide warfare I's spies and sabateurs, and illuminates the key maneuvering that helped ascertain the result of the battle on land, at sea, and at the diplomatic entrance; he investigates the large value of intelligence operations in either the ecu and Pacific theaters in international conflict II, from the paintings of Allied and Nazi brokers to the "black magic" of U.S. and British code breakers; and he provides us an entire assessment of intelligence through the size of the chilly struggle, from superpower espionage and secret agent scandals to covert motion and mystery wars. a last bankruptcy probes the still-evolving position of intelligence paintings within the new international of ailment and ethnic clash, from the high-tech wonders of the Gulf warfare to the awesome involvement of the French executive in business espionage. accomplished, authoritative, and addictively readable, A Century of Spies is full of new info on a number of subjects--from the actions of the yank Black Chamber within the Nineteen Twenties to intelligence assortment through the Cuban missile hindrance to Soviet intelligence and covert motion operations. it really is a vital quantity for an individual drawn to army historical past, espionage and event, and international affairs.
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Denniston, who had played on the Scottish Olympic field hockey team and had attended the Sorbonne and Bonn University. 37 The novice cryptographers soon received three remarkable windfalls— the codebooks for the three main German naval codes. At the end of October a copy of the Handelsverkehrsbuch (HVB), which had been seized by an Australian boarding party from a German-Australian steamship, arrived at the Admiralty. 38t Even before the HVB arrived another German naval codebook had arrived, courtesy of the Russian navy.
The only important question left unanswered by German air reconnaissance was when the attack would come. 31 In the two days after the initial attack, British infantry mopped up and sought to locate and destroy hostile artillery batteries, with the aid of aerial photographs. Strategic reconnaissance detected the trains that delivered German reinforcements to railheads. 32 Trench warfare followed for the next two months, with visual and photographic reconnaissance of German battery positions being restricted at the end of July by bad weather.
26 After a bloody battle with the German I Corps, Rennenkampf 's army was headed toward its rendezvous with Samsonov's troops. But communications intelligence would help the Germans turn the tables on the advancing Russian forces. An unenciphered Russian radio message indicated that Rennenkampf had halted to replenish decreasing supplies of ammunition, food, and fodder, did not appear to have any great interest in following up his victory, and would not be a threat until at least August 26. General Erich Ludendorff, deputy chief of the Great General Staff, gambled that he could turn most of the Eighth Army and defeat the Russian Second Army before Rennenkampf realized that only skeletal forces were arrayed against him.