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Ultimate Spy Hardcover – 9 Sep 2002

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DK; New edition edition (9 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751347914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751347913
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.2 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,247,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
With even more "toys" than the first edition, H. K. Melton has once again welcomed us into the secret and private world of real espionage.
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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Format: Hardcover
Although on the face of it this book may look like a childrens dorling kingsley publication, it is an excellent book, and well worth having in ones spy book collection. The biggest plus is the excellent full colour photographs used throughout. Lots of updated information from the previous printing.
Recomended purchase definately.
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Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this book, it is full of information on the subject from the past right up to the present. I would recommended this book to anyone interested in the subject of Espionage.
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This book is really amateurish and must be aimed at school kids, the ULTIMATE SPY BOOK it most certainly is NOT! Information is sparse to say the least, however what is on offer is an extremely limited and basic history of spying; sprinkled with images of James Bond type gadgets. Complex topics are covered in one double page spread written in VERY LARGE TYPE. Unless you are a child you are unlikely to get much joy out of this publication. It is a picture book with a few words. Not only that the layout is poorly designed. The topics covered offer the briefest over view possible of each subject, and the book does almost nothing to explain actual spy-craft, how a spy-ring is organised and the skills one would need to operate in the field. If you have a young teenage boy who likes bond films then the The Ultimate Spy Book might be a good buy; however if you are a grown up and want some in-depth knowledge about this subject then I would look elsewhere.
If you are genuinely interested in spying or the craft of spying the SOE Handbook (How to be a spy) is one of the very first places you should start. It was a real handbook for SOE agents entering occupied France, written in WW2 and at the time a highly classified document; the SOE Handbook is a series of lectures which all SOE agents attended; it is a real spy-school course in how to be a spy and how to set up a `spy-ring'. The information contained in this book is extensive and the manual covers just about every aspect of spy-craft; though the book was written in WW2 almost all of it is still relevant to this day and it provides a fascinating and genuine insight into the secret work of SOE and The real James (or Jane) Bond; it is freely available to read or buy, Published by Dundurn Group Toronto.
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