On Intelligence: The History of Espionage and the Secret World

Book review by Deane Barker
tags: spies, history
2016
John Hughes Wilson
528
8/10

Wonderfully interesting overview of intelligence, from human spies to spy satellites to computer espionage. Peppered throughout are small case studies of actual historical situations (Manning, Snowden, Ames, the USS Liberty, etc.). Very enjoyable.

My only gripe is that the author injects personal opinions a bit too much. This is not a dispassionate analysis. The author often takes sides, and in some cases, seems to indict and make accusations as if they’re widely accepted, when they might not be.

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