The New Spymasters by Stephen Grey - Inside Espionage from the Cold War to Al-Qaeda
In this era of email intercepts and drone strikes, many believe that the spy is dead. What use are double agents and dead letter boxes compared to the all-seeing digital eye?They couldn't be more wrong. The spying game is changing, but the need for walking, talking sources who gather secret information has never been more acute. And they are still out there.
In this searing 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. This is a revealing story of how spycraft and the 'human factor' survive, against the odds.
Based on years of research and interviews with hundreds of secret sources, many of the stories in the book have never been fully told. The New Spymasters will appeal to fans of John le Carre, Jason Bourne and Ben Macintyre.
Stephen Grey is a British writer, broadcaster and investigative reporter with over two decades of experience of reporting on intelligence issues. He is best known for his world exclusive revelations about the CIA's program of 'extraordinary rendition', as well as reports from Iraq and Afghanistan. A former foreign correspondent and investigations editor with the Sunday Times, he has reported for the New York Times, Guardian, BBC and Channel 4, and is currently a special correspondent with Reuters. Grey is the author of Ghost Plane (2007), on the CIA, and Operation Snakebite (2009) about the war in Helmand, Afghanistan.
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A manual of modern espionage. Farewell George Smiley. The targets are new, the methods different, the technology hyper. Only the purpose remains - forewarning (Frederick Forsyth, author of 'Day of the Jackal')
There are many books on spies and spying, but few as perceptive or rigorous as this. Full of revelations . . . .A very enjoyable read. Should be on the shelves of anyone interested in the world we live in, the threats we face, and those who are charged with keeping us safe (Jason Burke, author of 'Al Qaeda' and 'The 9/11 Wars')
I urge spymasters new and old - but more importantly those who want to understand the role of espionage - to read this remarkably accurate and detailed account of the CIA's transition from Cold War to ISIS War, from nuclear attack to hacker attack. Stephen Grey nails the story in this exceptionably readable book (John Macgaffin III, former Associate Deputy Director for CIA Operations)
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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. pp. 368. Codice libro della libreria 373673061
Descrizione libro Viking, 2015. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110670917400
Descrizione libro Penguin / Viking, Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, 2015. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Edition. 349 pages, b&w images, full colour photographs, notes, glossary. In this era of email intercepts and drone strikes, many believe that the spy is dead. They couldn't be more wrong. The need for human intelligence to gather secret information has never been more acute. Whilst techniques and technologies have evolved, the old motivations for betrayal - patriotism, greed, revenge and compromise - have endured. In this enthralling history of modern espionage, Stephen Grey takes us from the CIA's Cold War legends to the agents who betrayed the IRA, to Edward Snowden, Morten Storm and the most secretive double agents at work today. Codice libro della libreria 344161