- Tapa blanda: 304 páginas
- Editor: The Lyons Press (1 de octubre de 2004)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1592282970
- ISBN-13: 978-1592282975
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The Craft of Intelligence: America's Legendary Spy Master on the Fundamentals of Intelligence Gathering for a Free World: America's Legendary Spy ... of Intelligence Gathering in the Free World (Inglés) Tapa blanda – oct 2004
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"Well organized, informative ... When he talks about the CIA, its Russian counterparts, and specific examples of fiascoes and coups, the reader will certainly snap to attention."--The New Yorker "The Craft of Intelligence is one of the most fascinating books of our time."--Washington Post "Brilliantly selective candor."--The New York Times
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If the experts could point to any single book as a starting point for understanding the subject of intelligence from the late twentieth century to today, that single book would be Allen W. Dulles's The Craft of Intelligence. This classic of spycraft is based on Allen Dulles's incomparable experience as a diplomat, international lawyer, and America's premier intelligence officer. Dulles was a high-ranking officer of the CIA's predecessor--the Office of Strategic Services--and was present at the inception of the CIA, where he served eight of his ten years there as director. Here he sums up what he learned about intelligence from nearly a half-century of experience in foreign affairs.In World War II his OSS agents penetrated the German Foreign Office, worked with the anti-Nazi underground resistance, and established contacts that brought about the Nazi military surrender in North Italy. Under his direction the CIA developed both a dedicated corps of specialists and a whole range of new intelligence devices, from the U-2 high-altitude photographic plane to minute electronic listening and transmitting equipment.Dulles reveals much about how intelligence is collected and processed, and how the resulting estimates contribute to the formation of national policy. He discusses methods of surveillance, and the usefulness of defectors from hostile nations. His knowledge of Soviet espionage techniques is unrivaled, and he explains how the Soviet State Security Service recruited operatives and planted "illegals" in foreign countries. He spells out not only the techniques of modern espionage but also the philosophy and role of intelligence in a free society threatened by global conspiracies.Dulles also addresses the Bay of Pigs incident, denying that the 1961 invasion was based on a CIA estimate that a popular Cuban uprising would ensue. This account is enlivened with a wealth of personal anecdotes. It is a book for readers who seek wider understanding of the contribution of intelligence to our national security.Ver Descripción del producto
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But if you want to satisfy the appetite, I found one book more comprehensive on how the CIA operates on the world stage; particularly in conjunction with British Intelligence (SIS), German Intelligence (BND), Spanish Intelligence (CNI), Italian Intelligence (SID), and Vatican Intelligence (VFM). .
I first came across Murder by the Grace of God: The CIA and Pope John Paul I (English Edition) in response to T. Frances Elliott's review in the London Times: "A monumental work of twentieth century capitalism as it was jointly embraced by the Vatican and the United States and those caught up in it. Top-shelf CIA-Vatican Intrigue."
To quote a bit from Murder by the Grace of God: The CIA and Pope John Paul I (English Edition): “…there are scores of niches in the CIA scattered around the globe … people, a sitting president would never know who they were, or where they were, let alone know what they were doing. Each of them going about their sacred trust conducting ongoing covert operations to preempt threats against the United States; endless myriads of independent squads commissioned to kill if needed by presidents and directors, all the way back to when Harry Truman established the CIA in 1947..."
Employing the analysis and deduction techniques that lifted Sherlock Holmes to the top of his game, a former NATO Intelligence Officer presents a mountain of evidence linking the CIA and John Paul II (Great Vatican Bank Scandal 1978-1982) to the murder of John Paul I.
PS: title ‘Murder by the Grace of God’ is based on the Oct. 10, 1978 Vatican release explaining the position the body of the 33-day Pope was found: “His Holiness was able to retain his papers upright in his hands in the midst of a massive heart attack due to the grace of God.”
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Unfortunately, I am not a serious student of any of those subjects. I found a lot of the material to be dated, having been written during the period immediately after JFK's assentation, and before our involvement in Viet-Nam. The book would be a lot better if it had been updated, A great deal of the material is well out of date, there is way too much information about the USSR in the early '60's, before and just after Khrushchev was over thrown. The information about the PRC is also very very dated.
If this book was updated, I would rate it 5 stars. Like I said, this is a great history book, and a very good insight into one of the strongest spy minds of the 20th Century. Dulles was one of the people that started the CIA and the OSS.
The book has some interesting insights into what intelligence meant at the time. It was the laborious penetration of the clandestine parts of a clandestine society. It was the penetration of soviet satellite nations. It was also the defence against clandestine penetration.
This book doesn't disclose national secrets, but I was surprised by the level of insight that Dulles provides into the intelligence world he led and managed at the time. Problems including the difficulties of penetration soviet society, the methods of blackmail that soviets would use against westerners, his opinion of the fundamentally untrustworthiness of the soviets (I got the impression they would not abide a gentleman's agreement), and many stories illustrating how soviets attempted to penetrate western targets (like embassies) while also showing how many soviets would defect and collaborate with the west.
I also don't want to give anything way, but his section on Homo Sovieticus was both very funny and chilling at the same time.
Lastly, he talks about issues of secrecy in a nation like the US, where the US will publish reams of congressional hearings, budgets, data about military advances in trade journals, and so on. Meanwhile, virtually everything was classified secret in soviet society. Of course, he believes it should be more difficult for the Soviets to collect details about American politics, but he also seemed a bit resigned to this level of wide publication as being a feature of what it is to be American.
To those who imagine that the world of intelligence involves somehow doing things that aren't common sense, this book will be disappointing. Allen Dulles talks about practical problems and practical observations about intelligence work at the time of writing.
If I had read the book before the Snowden affair, I would have given it two stars. However, the Snowden revelations and the controversy it stirred up painted a sharp contrast to Dulles's view of secret intelligence. Dulles reminds us of a simpler era, when the good, honest intentions of our national leaders was taken for granted. That, for me, merited one extra star.