Content tagged with "spies"

Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
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June 24, 2017
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“Wonderfully well-told tale of WWII espionage. Fast moving and thrilling.”

Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base
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December 31, 2017
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“About 50 pages into this, I was bored, and it seemed very similar to another book I had read. Sure enough, turns out Annie Jacobson wrote ‘Pentagon’s Brain,’ the DARPA history I ready earlier this…”

Argo: How the CIA & Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History
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January 7, 2016
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“So, here’s the problem with this book: the situation is ultimately just not that exciting. Yes, the movie was apparently great, and the set-up is amazing – diplomats hiding in a hostile country,…”

The Cold War: A World History
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October 6, 2017
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“Fantastic, detailed history of the Cold War. Covers all the bases, from World War I on, including quite a bit of coverage of India and Africa, outside of the big players: the U.S., Soviet Union, and…”

The Copper Scroll
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March 31, 2022
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“This is Christian/Conservative spy fiction, if that’s even a thing? It’s perhaps telling that the cover has a praise quote from Rush Limbaugh, and there’s another from Sean Hannity on the inside…”

Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon
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December 26, 2016
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

The Craft of Intelligence: America's Legendary Spy Master on the Fundamentals of Intelligence Gathering for a Free World
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September 28, 2014
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“This book was probably great back in 1965 or so when it was written, but it’s dated, 50 years later. There are several sections on the actual practice of intelligence, which may or may not less…”

The Head Game: High-Efficiency Analytic Decision Making and the Art of Solving Complex Problems Quickly
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May 6, 2015
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“Interesting book written by a former CIA deputy director. It recounts the analysis of many problems in the intelligence world and dissects things like: how do we determine the correct question, how do…”

Information and Intrigue: From Index Cards to Dewey Decimals to Alger Hiss
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April 10, 2017
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“incredibly well-researched look back at an obscure attempt to catalog scientific papers. Herbert Field was a man driven by a dream, but frustrated at every turn. This isn’t a success story, but it’s…”

The Last Days
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April 30, 2022
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“I’ve read two other books in this series, and they’ve been amazing. This one was…less so. It reminded me of The Phantom Menace, which was a Star Wars movie that was more about political maneuvering…”

The Last Jihad
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April 8, 2022
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“This is a first-rate political/military thriller. Some backstory: Joel Rosenberg wrote five books in the ‘Last Jihad’ series. Someone gave me book #4 – ‘The Copper Scroll’ – and I loved it. So, now…”

A Legacy of Spies
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May 28, 2018
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“Fifty pages into this, I was thinking ‘Man, I should never buy John Le Carre…’ His novels are so…administrative; so hard to follow. The book recovers a bit, though. It turns into a tragic love story,…”

The Lions of Lucerne
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May 17, 2020
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“I bailed out of this just after the halfway point. I was looking for a spy thriller series to get into, but this just left me flat. There’s some poor writing here. Don’t bother forming your own…”

The Modern Detective: How Corporate Intelligence Is Reshaping the World
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September 12, 2021
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“This is a weird and wonderful book. The author is a private investigator, and it seems he just decided to write a book one day about cases he’s worked on. And the book is really good. Each chapter…”

On Intelligence: The History of Espionage and the Secret World
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March 7, 2018
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“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,…”

The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
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March 20, 2017
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers
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November 8, 2020
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“This is a story of a bunch of hacks, which the author has strung together. The claim is that NotPetya, WannaCry, the Korean Olympic hack, etc. were all the work of the same organization – a Russian…”

The Secret World: A History of Intelligence
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March 30, 2019
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“This book is exactly what it claims – a magisterial history of intelligence and espionage. But, it left me a bit frustrated. (I wrote a blog post about this.) The book is a series of anecdotes, with…”

Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected
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November 16, 2020
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“I don’t know what to do with this book. I read it, but it’s tough to take it seriously in places. The author is ex-CIA. He runs a ‘school’ for spy survival, or something. He trains people in spy…”

Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals
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September 8, 2018
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“I read most of this book. I finally bailed on it towards the end. It’s a look inside the minds of Middle Eastern terrorists, and why they did what they did. I gathered that the author was assigned to…”

We Are Bellingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News
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June 8, 2021
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“Bellingcat is a ‘open source intelligence’ cooperative. It’s a group of people who surf the internet to find evidence of crimes. They made their name during the Syrian conflict. They would scour…”