Ultimate Spy Hardcover – 9 Sep 2002
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Historian H. Keith Melton is a specialist in 20th-century espionage; he's also quite a fan of espionage gadgetry. Both interests make strong showings in this heavily illustrated glimpse into the shadowy world of modern spying. Melton examines the role of clandestine intelligence in revolutionary Russia and Nazi Germany, analyses modern spy rings, and profiles a number of important figures in the demimonde of spooks, among them British code breaker Alan Turing and Yugoslav double agent Dusan Popov. He also showcases some astonishing hardware, ranging from suitcase radios to shirt button microphones and mechanical pencil pistols. Former CIA director William Colby and former KGB general Oleg Kalugin, who recruited the American traitor John Walker, contribute forewords. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
H. Keith Melton is a renowned military historian and is recognised internationally as an authority on espionage paraphernalia. He has written three highly respected books: 'CIA Special Weapons and Equipment', 'OSS Special Weapons and equipment' and 'Clandestine Warfare'. Keith Melton is a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Historical Intelligence Museum in the United States and also serves as an adviser to US intelligence agencies on historical espionage equipment
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In addition to what seems like several hundred new photographs and devices, this expanded edition also includes the up to date details of how both Ames and Hanssen managed to use their espionage training and advanced tradecraft techniques to avoid being caught.
Overall, a welcomed update!
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