Spies by David Owen
The Undercover World of Secrets, Gadgets and Lies

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An illustrated guide to the deadly world of espionage.

Agents, double agents and multiple agents are vital to waging war successfully and they often help nations avoid war altogether. Spies have affected the outcomes of wars and crucial battles throughout history.

Spies exposes the secret successes and public failures of intelligence gathering and operations from ancient times to the current war on terrorism.

Using easy-to-follow illustrated case studies and sidebar features, Spies reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of famous spies, international secrets, betrayals and bravery in the long history of spying.

The book describes in exciting detail: The art of spy tradecraft Techniques spies use to gather and send secrets Devices used to steal state secrets How agents survive in hostile environments Whether or not spies like James Bond really exist.

Today, sophisticated digital and space-based technology gathers untold amounts of raw data. Yet far from rendering the spy on the ground obsolete, human intelligence is more vital than ever to separate the truth from the deception.

Spies is a factual and fascinating look into a dangerous world where nothing is what it appears to be.

 

About David Owen

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David Owen writes extensively on military deception, electronic intelligence, and computer crime. He is the author of Hidden Evidence and Final Frontier. Antonio J. Mendez is a retired CIA agent and author. He is a consultant to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. and was recognized as one of the CIA's top agents.
 
Published July 3, 2004 by Firefly Books. 128 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, War, Children's Books.

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Aspiring James Bonds and Charlie's Angels can spirit away an in-depth look into the origins of espionage in Spies: The Undercover World of Secrets, Gadgets and Lies by David Owen.

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Publishers Weekly

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Aspiring James Bonds and Charlie's Angels can spirit away an in-depth look into the origins of espionage in Spies: The Undercover World of Secrets, Gadgets and Lies by David Owen.

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BC Books

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Some novels excel in one area (character, plot, language and style, etc.) but some novels are great because they combine all these skills into a captivating whole.

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SWEET TOOTH By Ian McEwan Jonathan Cape, $32.95 FROM the start of old age, the baby boomers look back to their youth: Christopher Hitchens had his memoir and is the dedicatee of Sweet Tooth;

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Dabbler

Thus the book is replete with curious anecdotes and curious personages, such as agent Paul Dukes, recruited in Mansfield Cumming’s office, July 1918: The office was like nothing Dukes had seen before.

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