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The Enemy Within: A History of Spies, Spymasters and Espionage (General Military)

The Enemy Within: A History of Spies, Spymasters and Espionage (General Military) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Crowdy
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"Crowdy, who has previously written for Osprey on the uniforms and organizations of French revolutionary armed forces, reflects his publisher's expanding horizons in this survey of espionage from ancient times to America's invasion of Iraq. ... Though Crowdy is familiar with standard sources, this is a work of narrative and anecdote rather than analysis, and succeeds within that context." "Publishers Weekly""Crowdy's effective, readable summary of espionage in human history begins with the ancient Egyptians and doesn't end even with the Mossad. ... "" Booklist""("See over for full review)

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To gain the upper hand in conflict the ability to know what your enemy is planning is vital. Separating myth from reality, the Enemy Within traces the history of espionage from its development in ancient times through to the end of the Cold War and beyond, shedding light on the clandestine activities that have so often tipped the balance in times of war. From the Monkey hanged as a spy during the Napoleonic wars to the British Double Cross Committee in World War II, this journey through the history of espionage shows us that be they thrill seekers or madmen, fanatics or tricksters no two spies are alike and their fascinating stories are fraught with danger and intrigue.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 730 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006J7P1NO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Terry Crowdy is the author of a number of books on the French armed forces during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. His latest book 'Incomparable' tells the story of Napoleon's 9th Light Infantry Regiment.

He has also written on a number of 'Secret War' topics including The Enemy Within (2006), and Deceiving Hitler (2008) and edited the memoirs of Donald Dean VC, a Kentish hero who fought in both world wars.

Terry Crowdy is a safety adviser for Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity which manages the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington and several other former royal residences.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History of espionage 6 Jan 2011
By michalr
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The title provides nice story about the past and current incidents where espionage, strategy and military intelligence are playing the main role. The book gives easy to follow overview of history, staring in the ancient ages and landing at cold war and current years. It describes plot and historical background for many actions of spies, with detailed view of historical figures, that put all the espionage theory in to life, with better or worse outcome. As espionage was important for each and every great nation and empire, we can read stories where action is taken place in Europe, India, MiddleEast. Reading the book gives nice refresh for main historical events with focus on story behind the scenes. If anyone seeks some knowledge about the true espionage tactics taken by Napoleon, WWII main strategist, great emperors of ancient times, that book is that what it needs to be read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows revealed 10 April 2013
By Bron
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Crowdy's book is a mine of information describing espionage and intelligence work from ancient times and onwards through and after the Cold War. The scope of the book is vast, spanning the ancient and biblical world to the Cold War with WW1 and WW2,(the XX Committee and the Japanese spies are particularly fascinating), Roman speculatores and frumentarii, Thomas Cromwell's Tudor agents and Walsingham's Elizabethan spy rings, Cassanova's escapades, spy rings in the American War of Independence and Civil War, Napoleonic spies and Wellington's exploring officers, Stieber's far reaching 19th century spy service and the Russian spy service in between.

This is no dry history to be doggedly ploughed through; instead it is filled with fascinating descriptions of the people involved, the events they manipulated and their sometimes unsavoury ends. There are the greedy, the power hungry, the patriots and the manipulators spread across time altering events. But equally this is no lightweight series of anecdotes; it is meticulously researched and leads the reader through the maze of shadows with erudition.

The impression one is left with is that the clandestine activities of these shadowy individuals has fundamentally changed the outcomes of the confrontations and wars that make up our military history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Third Man "through the centuries. 21 Sep 2006
Having just finished the book "The enemy within", I must congratulate the author on an excellently researched and meticulously arranged novel. The breadth of the subject matter is confidently handled by Terry Crowdy, and my interest was sustained through the court intrigues and clandestine operations. The conclusions he makes and parallels he draws are believable, and they are bound up in a succession of ever fascinating incidents. I look forward to some more work by this author. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in this subject or just wanting a damn good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goodygumdrops. 28 Oct 2010
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The writing is clear and it's on good paper... what more can you want in a book!lol. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spying Across the Ages 8 Nov 2011
By Sophia Rose - Published on
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I chose this book because I needed to do some research and was not familiar with the subject matter. There is always that fine line between too technical and too vague to be helpful. This book found the happy medium for an uninitiated person on the topic of espionage like myself.

I learned a great deal and found evidence of documentation and quotes from others. There is a handy list of sources by chapter and word index in the back. But it was easy to follow and well written. I became so caught up in the writing that I forgot to take notes for my research.

The book covers spying from ancient times to the present.

Recommend for interest or for research.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, But Not Ground-Breaking 28 Oct 2010
By zorba - Published on
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This is essentially a book of anecdotes concerning how espionage has played a role in events down through the centuries. It takes us from ancient times to modern and spins tales of spies and how their masters used or abused them. I found the early parts of the book -- the pre-20th Century vignettes -- of much less interest that later tales. I believe the book does a masterful job of describing intelligence activities leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor and, later, the development of the atom bomb. So, all in all, I found it an interesting book. Nothing scholarly. Just a fairly good generalized history of espionage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Espionage 10 April 2012
By BobR - Published on
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A good history of spying and espionage right from very early history. As quoted it is the second oldest profession.
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3.0 out of 5 stars missing a certain group 4 Nov 2010
By rafe - Published on
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Terry seemes to cover enemies with in from troy to present but skips over KGB agents inside US agencies and also the Israeli influence inside the US govt. I wonder why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Spies and Spying 15 Jan 2007
By John Matlock - Published on
This history of espionage is primarily a generalized discussion of spies rather than the more technical side of the business that became the major emphasis of American intelligence during the Cold War with the U.S.S.R. When the problem was to count the number of ICBMs they had, the technical aspects of first the U2 and SR-71 missions and then the satellites were the ideal tools.

Unfortunately these National Technical Means (NTM), the term used for such intelligence by the politicoes in the various treaties, proved to be pretty useless in view of what happened on 9/11. The United States had deliberately cut back on it's actual spies in the field.

As this book points out, spies and spying tend to not be nice people doing plesant things. The CIA has a reputation for recruiting at Ivy Leage universities. This is not where you will find dark skinned, un-shaven muslims that would be willing to infiltrate Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the other places where we need to have coverage.

I imagine, I hope, that the people running the CIA already know the things found in this book. I also hope that they are working hard to establish a better spying network in the Middle East.
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