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The new spymasters : inside the modern world of espionage from the Cold War to global terror

Author: Stephen Grey
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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The old world of spying that emphasized the human factor--dead letter boxes, microfilm cameras, and an enemy reporting to the Moscow Center--is history. Or is it? In recent times, the spymaster's technique has changed with the enemy. He or she now frequently comes from a culture far removed from Western understanding and is part of a less well-organized group. The new enemy is constantly evolving and prepared to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Grey
ISBN: 9780312379223 0312379226
OCLC Number: 909111937
Description: xiv, 348 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The exploding spy --
Part One: The cult of intelligence (1909-1989). The secret agent ; The best-ever liars ; Friendship --
Part Two: New spies (1989-2008). Thunderbolt ; Jihad ; Caveat emptor --
Part Three: The flock of birds (2008-2013). Cover blown ; Allah has plans ; Faith in the machine ; The peacemaker spy ; Vaccination --
Part Four: Where next?. The good spy.
Responsibility: Stephen Grey.

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The old world of spying that emphasized the human factor--dead letter boxes, microfilm cameras, and an enemy reporting to the Moscow Center--is history. Or is it? In recent times, the spymaster's technique has changed with the enemy. He or she now frequently comes from a culture far removed from Western understanding and is part of a less well-organized group. The new enemy is constantly evolving and prepared to kill the innocent. In the face of this new threat, the spymasters of the world replaced human intelligence with an obsession that focuses on the technical methods of spying, ranging from the use of high-definition satellite photography to the global interception of communications. However, this obsession with technology has failed, most spectacularly, with the devastation of the 9/11 attacks. In this modern history of espionage, Stephen Grey takes us from the CIA's Cold War legends, to the agents who betrayed the IRA, through to the spooks inside Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Techniques and technologies have evolved, but the old motivations for betrayal--patriotism, greed, revenge, compromise--endure. Based on years of research and interviews with hundreds of secret sources, this is an up-to-date exposé that shows how spycraft's human factor is once again being used to combat the world's deadliest enemies.--Adapted from book jacket.

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