Beckhough, Harry. Secret Communications: The Hidden Source of Information through the Ages .... From the Sumerians to the Cold War. London: Minerva, 1995.
Kruh, Cryptologia 21.2, sees this as an "interesting and informative" work, but one with "several shortcomings." The lack of footnotes is a "major problem," and some of the writing is disjointed. Nevertheless, the author's "experience as a cryptanalyst in North Africa, India and Burma [in World War II] provides insights worth reading, if done with caution."
Beckman, Bengt. Tr., Kjell-Ove Widman. Codebreakers: Arne Beurling and the Swedish Crypto Program during World War II. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, 2002.
Kruh, Cryptologia 27.3: "A magnificent accomplishment in the history of cryptography occurred in 1940 when a Swedish mathematician [Arne Beurling] broke the German cipher used for strategic military communications [Geheimschreiber].... This book provides a valuable contribution to the history of cryptology with much new information and added respect for the cryptanalytical achievements of Sweden's signal intelligence agency."
For Beard, I&NS 18.4, this work "is a more personal, and far more Swedish, companion" to Beckman and C.G. McKay's Swedish Signal Intelligence 1900-1945. (2002). One problem with the work is that "there is simply no political context" for the interception and decoding work.
Beckman, Bengt. Svenska Kryptobedrifter [Swedish Achievements in Cryptology]. Stockholm: Albert Bonniers förlag, 1996.
McKay, Cryptologia 23.3, notes that the author worked in the Swedish Sigint organization, the Defense Radio Institute (FRA). Beckman's book "is an excellent illustration of the best kind of popularization of a complex, technical subject."
Beckwith, Charlie A. [COL/USA (Ret.)], and Donald Knox. Delta Force: The Army's Elite Counterterrorist Unit. New York: Harcourt, 1983. Delta Force. New York: Dell, 1984. [pb] With an Epilogue by C.A. Mobley. Delta Force: The Army's Elite Counterterrorist Unit. New York: Avon, 2000. [pb]
Beckwith was "founder and first commanding officer of Delta Force." The book's "Prologue" covers the White House briefing prior to the launch of Eagle Claw.
Bedard, Paul. "Washington Whispers: Bingeing on Terrorism Analysts." U.S. News & World Report, 15 May 2006, 16.
DNI John Negroponte "is adding 75 more analysts ... from other agencies" to the ranks of the National Counterterrorism Center. "He eventually wants to hire several hundred more to double the analyst ranks of the secretive operation."
Beebe, Kenneth. "The Air Force's Missing Doctrine: How the U.S. Air Force Ignores Counterinsurgency." Air & Space Power Journal 20 (Spring 2006): 27-34.
Beebe, Sarah Miller, and Randolph L. Pherson. Cases in Intelligence Analysis: Structured Analytic Techniques in Action. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011.
Wheaton, AIJ 30.1 (2012), finds that the cases "focus on only about 20 techniques shown working with real-world facts." The "majority of the cases are taken from the national security realm." For Manosevitz, Studies 56.4 (Dec. 2012), this "straightforward" book's use of its 12 case studies takes it "beyond similar works focused on structured analytic techniques."
Beeby, Dean. Cargo of Lies: The True Story of a Nazi Double Agent in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996.
According to Hoffman, WIR 15.3, Beeby tells the story of the relationship between the RCMP's security service and Werner Alfred Waldemar von Janowski. The Nazi agent landed in Canada from a U-boat in November 1942, and less than 12 hours later he was in custody. The RCMP sought to run Janowski as a counterintelligence double agent; and, as told by the author, showed little flair for these kinds of complicated operations. The reviewer says that "Beeby exhibits a deft touch in his telling of the story, playing it out with suspense worthy of a novel."
Booknews, 1 Jun. 1996, reports that the author "argues that the Canadian authorities were woefully unprepared for coping with a serious spy and that their mishandling of the case had long-term consequences that affected relations with their intelligence partners in the Cold War."
[Canada/Spies & WWII]
Beech, Eric. "Deception and Disguise: Passive Defence Measures Now Form an Essential Element of a Modern Air Force's Equipment." Flight International 135 (20 May 1989): 81ff. [Seymour]
Beecher, William. "Spy Satellites Will Monitor Pacts." Sea Power 15 (Jul.-Aug. 1972): 20-24. [Petersen ]
Beede, Benjamin R. Intervention and Counterinsurgency: An Annotated Bibliography of Small Wars of the United States. New York: Garland, 1985. [Petersen]
Beer, Siegfried. "'Bound' to Cooperate: Austria's Little-known Intelligence Community Since 1945." Journal of Intelligence History 3, no. 1 (Summer 2003). [http://www.intelligence-history.org/jih/previous.html]
From abstract: "This article ... sketch[es] the development and character of the three Austrian services, i.e. the Staatspolizeilicher Dienst [security police], just recently (in 2002) re-organized as the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz und Terrorismusbekämpfung [Federal Agency for State Protection and Counter-Terrorism], and the two military services, the Heeresnachrichtenamt [foreign military intelligence] and the Abwehramt [military counter-intelligence], headquartered in Vienna."
Beeston, Richard. "My Friendship with Philby." Telegraph (London), 31 May 1997. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]
This excerpt about social contacts with Philby in Beirut and Moscow is from Beeston's memoir, Looking For Trouble: The Life and Times of a Foreign Correspondent (London: Brassey's, 1997).
Beeston, Richard. "Putin Applied to Join KGB at 16." Times (London), 17 Mar. 2000. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]
"In a series of wide-ranging interviews, Russia's acting President [Vladimir Putin], 47, who is headed for victory at the polls in eight days' time, has confessed to a turbulent early love affair, a lifelong devotion to the secret police, and a disturbing inclination not to register fear." See also, Times (London), "Putin Unmasked," 17 Mar. 2000.
Beevor, Antony. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy. New York: Viking, 2009.
Fullenkamp, Parameters 40.1 (Spring 2010), notes that an "interesting aspect" of this work "is the reassessment of the efforts of the French Resistance, concluding that it deserves more credit than is generally accepted."
Beevor, John. SOE: Recollections and Reflections, 1940-1945. London: Bodley Head, 1981.
Clark comment: Beevor was SOE's Lisbon station chief from 1940 to 1942. His personal file from SOE was included in the May 2003 release of documents transferred to the National Archives, Kew.
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