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The Enemy Within: A History of Espionage (General Military) [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Terry Crowdy

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31. Oktober 2006 General Military
To gain the upper hand in conflict the ability to know what your enemy is planning is vital. Massive amounts of money have been spent and many lives have been lost in pursuit of this objective. From biblical times to the present day, leaders have employed espionage on and off the battlefield in the quest for victory. Tactics might differ, from dirty tricks and theft to interrogation and torture, but the aim is the same - to outmanoeuvre your enemy and emerge triumphant. 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. This detailed account delves into the murky depths of the realm of the spymasters and their spies, revealing many amazing, and often bizarre stories, along the way. From the Monkey hanged as a spy during the Napoleonic wars to the British Double Cross Committee in World War II and from Ivan the Terrible's forming of the first Russian secret police in the 16th century to the infiltration of the IRA in the 20th century, 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.


CHAPTER HEADS In ancient times. Through dark ages. Spy, Britannia! Espionage in the Age of Reason. Vive la revolution! Napoleon's 'secret part'. Uncivil war. The godfather of secret service. Spy fever. Double-cross agents and radio games. Axis spies against America. Spies of the Soviet era. With no end in sight.

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"[Crowdy] reflects his publisher's expanding horizons in this survey of espionage from ancient times to America's invasion of Iraq... this is a work of narrative and anecdote... and succeeds within that context... The development of professional secret services in early modern Europe segues into the often-overlooked role of intelligence in the Revolutionary/Napoleonic era, making for tales of spy and counterspy that are the most interesting in the book." -Publishers Weekly (June 2006)

"Intelligence operations are a hot topic. But since most recent books have a more narrow or current focus, a popular account of the high points in espionage through the ages is welcome... Crowdy has published works with Osprey on the French military during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras, and these sections are among the strongest. Also interesting is the section on Germany's infiltration of France before World War I... certainly suitable for personal, public and undergraduate libraries." -Glen Ellyn, Library Journal

"This is an excellent source covering the history of espionage from beginning to the present day... it is extremely readable, entertaining, and educational. It is one of the better nonfiction books this reviewer has read in recent times." -Timothy Baghurst, The Traveler

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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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The earliest surviving record of espionage dates from the time of Pharaoh Rameses' war with the Hittites and the battle of Kadesh (c.1274 BC). Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Spying Across the Ages 8. November 2011
Von Sophia Rose - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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 von 5 Sternen Informative, But Not Ground-Breaking 28. Oktober 2010
Von zorba - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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 von 5 Sternen Espionage 10. April 2012
Von BobR - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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 von 5 Sternen missing a certain group 4. November 2010
Von rafe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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 von 5 Sternen Tales of Spies and Spying 16. Januar 2007
Von John Matlock - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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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