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Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda [Hardcover]

Robert Wallace , H. Keith Melton , Henry Robert Schlesinger
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"Great stuff. The stories are pacy, with first-hand accounts from CIA insiders. The anecdotes put you right next to the engineers as they silently drill through a wall to plant a bug, hoping the Soviet official on the other side won't spot anything. A fantastic read." (BBC Focus Magazine)

"An intriguing history of ingenious men and women, who could invent a talking tree, an inflatable airplane and an exploding rat." (Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

The secret history of the CIA's spy gadgets and the operations in which they were used. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Great stuff. The stories are pacy, with first-hand accounts from CIA insiders. The anecdotes put you right next to the engineers as they silently drill through a wall to plant a bug, hoping the Soviet official on the other side won't spot anything. A fantastic read.'
BBC Focus Magazine
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Secret instructions written in invisible ink

Cigarettes that fire bullets

Insect-sized flying spy cameras

Listening devices hidden in the family cat

If these sound like the creations of James Bond's gadget-master Q, think again. They are all real-life devices used by the CIA's Office of Technical Services.

Spycraft is the first book ever written about this ultra-secretive department. It tells the amazing life-and-death stories about this little-known group, many of which have never before been revealed.

Against the backdrop of some of the most critical international events of recent years - including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the war on terror - the authors show the real technical and human story of how the CIA carried out its most secret missions.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert Wallace is the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Services. H Keith Melton is an internationally recognized authority of spy technology, and the author of seven books including Ultimate Spy. Henry Schlesinger is a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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