ON INTELLIGENCE: The History of Espionage


ON INTELLIGENCE: The History of Espionage

JOHN HUGHES-WILSON    Book Number: 86338    Product format: Hardback

After a distinguished career in military intelligence, Colonel John Hughes-Wilson retired in 1994 and has since become one of our leading commentators on the subjects of intelligence, espionage, contemporary military developments and military history, as well as writing bestselling spy thrillers. Here he charts the history of intelligence, its gathering and its sharing from biblical times to today's surveillance state in the digital age, lifting the veil of secrecy off this clandestine and murky world. He examines the pitfalls of the traditional intelligence cycle - Direction (requirements of the C-in-C), Collection (tasks passed to intelligence agents), Collation (collation of all info gathered), Interpretation (of that info), Dissemination (of the final report back to the C-in-C) - typically due to human fallibility, ill-advised assumptions and preconceptions. Other subjects include how the Cold War became an electronic intelligence war, the development of aerial reconnaissance photography from WWI to today's satellite networks, Wikileaks and Julian Assange, Israeli intelligence failures in the Yom Kippur war, Aldrich Ames, the CIA agent who was skilfully turned by the KGB in the 80s and 90s and an absolutely enthralling examination of the role of global intelligence in the "war on terror", including a cogently argued and controversial assessment of the manifest failures of the CIA and FBI regarding the 9/11 attacks. From yesterday's cloak and dagger spies to tomorrow's cyber-spies, this is a rather worrying insight into this ever-relevant subject. 530pp.
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