Hall, R. Cargill. The Air Force and the National Security Space Program, 1946-1988. Washington, DC: USAF Historical Research Center, 1988.
Hall, R. Cargill. "The NRO in the 21st Century: Ensuring Global Information Supremacy." Quest: The History of Spaceflight 11, no. 3 (Aug. 2004).
Hall, R.C. "Post War Strategic Reconnaissance and the Genesis of Project Corona." In Corona -- Between the Earth and the Sun: The First NRO Reconnaissance Eye in Space, ed. Robert A. McDonald, 25-58. Bethesda, MD: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 1997.
Hall, R. Cargill. "Strategic Reconnaissance in the Cold War." Prologue (Summer 1996): 107-25.
Hall, R. Cargill. "The Truth About Overflights." MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 9, no. 3 (Spring 1997): 24-39.
Clark comment: This is an excellent overview of U.S. (and British) military reconnaissance overflights of the Soviet Union (with some mentions of China and North Korea) prior to the use of the U-2. Hall carefully differentiates between presidentially authorized overflight missions and the Peacetime Airborne Reconnaissance Program (PARPRO) that operated around the periphery of Soviet territory but without overflight authorization. This is an important difference, because all the losses sustained (some 170 Air Force and Navy aircrew members from 1946 to 1991) came in the PARPRO program.
Anderson, Intelligencer 8.2, says that "Hall has ... emerged as the foremost historian of US air and space reconnaissance policy, as this carefully researched article attests."
Hall, R. Cargill, ed. Lightning over Bougainville: The Yamamoto Mission Reconsidered. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.
Surveillant 2.1 notes that the 1943 operation that led to the shoot down of Admiral Yamamoto "revealed to the Japanese that the U.S. had broken the Japanese codes which were immediately changed. Hall proposes the controversial stance that Churchill, in anger..., delayed for many months his releasing to the U.S. of Ultra material." Kahn, FILS 12.3, says that this is a "useful, solid book ... [with] valuable documentary evidence." It consists of the "transcripts of two panels ... held in 1988 at the Admiral Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas." The shoot-down was "the equivalent of a major American victory."
Hall, Richard. Patriots in Disguise: Women Warriors of the Civil War. New York: Paragon House, 1993.
Surveillant 3.2/3: "Of particular interest is his account of Private Franklin Thompson [Sarah Emma Edmonds] who served as a spy and orderly for the North, and as a nurse."
Hall, Richard. The Rhodes Scholar Spy. Sydney: Random House Australia, 1991.
According to Surveillant 1.6, the author is a journalist and former private secretary to Gough Whitlam. Here, he "presents the case of Ian Francis Milner, a spy for the Soviets in Australia." Edwards, I&NS 7.2, notes that Milner came under suspicion of passing classified information to the Soviets while working in the Australian Department of External Affairs; he left the country and eventually settled in Prague. Hall adds little to the information in Robert Manne's The Petrov Affair. There are also an "extraordinary number of errors, especially in the spelling of names and biographic details of individuals mentioned in the text."
Hall, Richard. The Secret State: Australia's Spy Industry. Sydney: Cassell Australia, 1978.
Clark comment: If Hall's knowledge of Australian intelligence is no better than the lack of knowledge exhibited in his chapter on the CIA, I would advise extreme caution in relying on this book. Constantinides suggests that "Hall ... has shown a lack of balance that inevitably colors his views and affects the way he uses facts." Nevertheless, Hall is "well-connected and in certain cases well-informed." Cain, I&NS 6.1/242-243, praises Hall's work as "the first to reveal some of the inner intelligence secrets of Australia," and notes that some of Hall's information, even though over 10 years old, remains of "interest and value."
Hall, Richard V. A Spy's Revenge. New York: Penguin, 1987. Ringwood, Australia: Penguin, 1987.
Wilcox: "Account of Peter Wright (Spycatcher) trial in Australia."
Hall, Roger. You're Stepping on My Cloak and Dagger. New York: Norton, 1957. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2004.
Roger Hall died at the age of 89 on 20 July 2008.
Adam Bernstein, "Wry Tale of Spying During World War II A Gem of the Genre," Washington Post, 22 Jul. 2008, C8: "On a weekend of remembrance for the nation's service people, the stories of Roger Hall as a spy in World War II are not typical tales of breathless action and heroism. Hall's adventures -- more precisely, misadventures -- captured the imagination of the tens of thousands who read his 1957 memoir,... still considered one of the funniest and most perceptive books about life in the Office of Strategic Services."
For Bath, NIPQ 20.2, this is "a laugh-out-funny memoir and an amazingly quick read." The humor is of "the kind that can only come from someone who has truly experienced what he is writing about." Kent, Studies 17.1 (Spring 1973), says that this book "is a humorous and at the same time accurate account of an OSS man's training for irregular war." Similarly, Seamon, Proceedings 130.10 (Oct. 2004), finds that Hall's book remains "as fresh as today's headlines -- and far funnier."
Benson, Air & Space Power Journal 20.4 (Winter 2006), finds that "[t]he authors ability to blend humor into the serious business of espionage is unparalleled." The book "will appeal to military-intelligence practitioners and enthusiasts alike, as well as unconventional thinkers who, like young lieutenant Roger Hall, sometimes find themselves volunteering just to be different."
Hall, Suzanne. "The Politics of Prisoner of War Recovery: SOE and the Burma-Thailand Railway during World War II." Intelligence and National Security 17, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 51-80.
SOE's involvement in this effort "saved many of the prisoners from almost certain death."
Hall, Wayne Michael, and Gary Citrenbaum. Intelligence Analysis: How to Think in Complex Environments. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Security International, 2010.
Anderson and Poteat, Intelligencer 17.3 (Winter-Spring 2010), argue that "[s]erious students and practitioners of advanced analysis should study this book. It should appear in the reading lists of university courses relating to intelligence. Officers of the armed forces need to know its contents and insist on implementation of its methods." Peake, Studies 54.4 (Dec. 2010), and Intelligencer 18.2 (Winter-Spring 2011), warns that this book "is written in advanced Pentagonese." In addition, "[t]here are no examples demonstrating that the techniques described actually work."
Hall, Wayne Michael, and Gary Citrenbaum. Intelligence Collection: How to Plan and Execute Intelligence Collection in Complex Environments. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Security International, 2012.
Peake, Studies 57.2 (Jun. 2013), comments that "the absence of practical examples of their ideas, and a turgid narrative that borders on the aggressively boring, does not work" to the advantage of the authors. "Readers are left wondering just what 'advanced intelli- gence collection' really is and how it differs from current practice." For Poteat, Intelligencer 19.2 (Summer-Fall 2012), this work needs to be paired with the authors' earlier volume on analysis.
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