Bergen, Peter (CNN)
Berghahn, Volker R. America and the Intellectual Cold Wars in Europe: Shepard Stone Between Philanthropy, Academy, and Diplomacy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001.
Scott-Smith, I&NS 18.3, finds that the author's work reflects the "wider focus for Cold War history that is now coming more into vogue, with its greater concentration on the cultural dimension and the role of non-governmental organisations." At times, the story gets "rather laborious simply because of an excessive use of quotes and too much attention given to the minutae contained in Stone's personal papers." In addition, "[i]t no longer makes sense ... to separate the overt and covert histories" of the Congress for Cultural Freedom. Nonetheless, "this is an important work" and "an essential item" in the literature on the cultural Cold War.
Bergier, Jacques. Secret Armies: The Growth of Corporate and Industiral Espionage. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1975.
Bergier, Jacques. Secret Weapons -- Secret Agents. London: Hurst & Blackett, 1956.
Clark comment: The author was a leader of the French resistance Marco Polo/Promontoine network, who was captured but survived a German concentration camp. Constantinides sees "little here to recommend this book. It is outdated and vastly surpassed in accuracy and quality by later books."
Bergin, Anthony, and Robert Hall, eds. Intelligence and Australian National Security. Canberra: Australian Defense Studies Centre, 1994.
According to Herman, I&NS 12.4, the central theme in this collection of 19 conference papers is the coming shift in the center of world power to the Asia Pacific region and how intelligence might help Australia safeguard its position in the face of these changes. Overall, the book "is a distinctive contribution to the literature on intelligence's future, with a refreshing Australian directness."
1. "Claire Chennault and the OSS: A Favor Done and Returned." OSS Society Newsletter (Winter 2004-2005): 2.
OSS and Free Thai liberate and exfiltrate captured American Volunteer Group (AVG) pilot.
2. "OSS and Free Thai Operations in World War II." Studies in Intelligence 55, no. 4 (Dec. 2011): 11-22.
OSS established a base in Japanese-occupied Bangkok in early 1945. Maj. Nicol Smith "was in charge of the OSS Free Thai operations." Richard Greenlee and Maj. John Wester were the the first two OSS officers to arrive in Bangkok. "The Thai proved to be masters at manipulating the Japanese occupiers and adept at collecting intelligence."
Bergin, Bob. "The Growth of China's Air Defenses: Responding to Covert Overflights, 19491974." Studies in Intelligence 57, no. 2 (Jun. 2013): 19-28.
Despite political and economic turmoil from the late-1950s into the 1970s, "one con- stant kept air force leadership focused: intrusions into PRC airspace by US and ROC reconnaissance aircraft.... The flights, which did not end until 1974, were recurring reminders of China's vulnerability and spurred PLAAF efforts to counter the threat. The air defenses that emerged contributed to the end of the incursions and became the foundation of the sophisticated air defense system that protects the PRC today."
Berglyd, Jostein. Operation Freshman: The Hunt for Hitler's Heavy Water. Stockholm: Leander & Ekholm, 2006.
Peake, Studies 52.3 (Sep 2008) and Intelligencer 16.2 (Fall 2008), says that the author "sets the record straight" on the destruction of the heavy water plant at Vemork, Norway. This is a "thoroughly documented and illustrated book" that "fills a gap in our history."
Bergman, Lowell, Eric Lichtblau, Scott Shane, and Don Van Natta, Jr. "Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends." New York Times, 17 Jan. 2006. [http://www.nytimes.com]
After the 9/11 attacks, NSA "began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out thousands of tips a month. But virtually all of them, current and former officials say, led to dead ends or innocent Americans. F.B.I. officials repeatedly complained to the spy agency that the unfiltered information was swamping investigators."
Bergmeier, Horst J.P., and Rainer E. Lotz. Hitler's Airwaves. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997.
Mitgang, NYT, 8 Sep., sees Hitler's Airwaves as a "well-documented book about Nazi Germany's propaganda broadcasts. The new study includes twisted song lyrics and radio talks from Berlin and Hamburg by American and British traitors." Also included is a description of "the organization of [Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda Joseph] Goebbels' broadcasting division and the role played by its foreign propaganda section." The writing is "clunky," but the authors are "diligent researchers."
Similarly, Peterson, History 26.3, finds this work to be "a detailed and fascinating study" that provides "a wonderful reference source for technical details and for names and dates of radio personalities" who broadcast over Nazi Germany's wartime English-language radio service.
Beria, Lavrenti P. On the History of Bolshevik Organizations of Transcaucasia. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1939. [Chambers]
Beria, Sergo. My Father: Inside Stalin's Kremlin. London: Duckworth, 2001.
Berke. Rory [LCDR/USN] "Training for the Wrong Fight." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 134, no. 1 (Jan. 2008): 56-60. Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 24, no. 2 (Apr. 2008): 35-27, 39.
This article was the "2007 Naval Intelligence Essay Contest winner." The author suggests that Naval "afloat intelligence teams are better suited to confront Cold War-era navies than to deal with today's stateless, unconventional fighters." He argues for "the most realistic, challenging, and adaptive training possible."
Berkeley, Roy. A Spy's London. London: Leo Cooper, 1994.
According to Peake, WIR 14.4, the author "has found 136 London espionage sites, organized them into twenty-one walks, and persuaded his wife to provide a map for each walk indicating the buildings of note, all with commentary about the people involved and operations undertaken." Foot, I&NS 10.4, comments that the author "writes decent English, and has a sense of humour."
Berkinow, Louise. Abel. New York: Trident, 1970. New York: Ballantine, 1982.
Rocca and Dziak: The 1982 edition contains "a new perspective by the author." In this book, "the author conveys a neighbor's insight into Abel's enigmatic personality and Soviet clandestine modus operandi."
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Berkowitz, Peter, ed. The Future of American Intelligence. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 2005.
Contibutors and topics: Richard H. Shultz Jr., "The Era of Armed Groups"; Gary J. Schmitt, "Truth to Power? Rethinking Intelligence Analysis"; Gordon Nathaniel Lederman, "Restructuring the Intelligence Community"; Reuel Marc Gerecht, "A New Clandestine Service: The Case for Creative Destruction"; Kevin M. OConnell, "The Role of Science and Technology in Transforming American Intelligence."
DKR, AFIO WIN 40-05 (17 Oct. 2005), calls this "a thoughtful addition to the current debate on how to improve the intelligence picture but one some readers are likely to find controversial." For Peake, Studies 50.3 (Sep. 2006) and Intelligencer 15.2 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007), the result from these five essays "is mixed." Nevertheless, the book "should prove valuable in introductory courses on intelligence."
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