Richardson

 

Richardson, Albert D. Secret Service: The Field, the Dungeon and the Escape. Hartford, CT: American, 1865. [http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/refBibs/intell/civwar.htm]

[CivWar/Un/Gen]

Richardson, David C. "You Decide." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 117, no. 12 (Dec. 1991), 34-39.

The title here is disingenuous at best. The author has already decided that Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Stark and President Roosevelt bear the blame -- or worse -- for U.S. unpreparedness at Pearl Harbor. The problem with the argument presented is that no new evidence accompanies it. The claim that the British had broken and were reading the JN-25 cipher prior to Pearl Harbor is nothing more than that -- a claim. Sexton's judgment that this article "[s]hould be read with skepticism" seems valid.

[WWII/PearlHarbor/Gen]

Richardson, Doug.

1. "Airborne Electronic Warfare after the Storm." Armada International 16 (Apr.-May 1992): 42-44 ff.

2. An Illustrated Guide to the Techniques and Equipment of Electronic Warfare. New York: ARCO Publishing, 1985. [Seymour]

[MI/ElectronicWarfare]

Richardson, Doug.  "Information Warfare -- New Threats and New Opportunities."  Asian Defence Journal, Apr. 1997, 50-55.

[GenPostwar/InfoWar]

Richardson, John H.

1. My Father the Spy: An Investigative Memoir. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

DKR, AFIO WIN 25-05 (4 Jul. 2005), notes that the author's father "began as a left-leaning romantic but matured sufficiently to become station chief in Vienna, Manila and Saigon. The son sees his father as a decent, principled officer who coped effectively with difficult circumstances." For Thomas, Washington Post, 31 Jul. 2005, the author "writes in a maddeningly breezy style ill-suited to describing such complex events as the coup machinations in Saigon in the fall of 1963.... Richardson does have an insider's eye, and the book includes some wonderful snapshots."

The reviewer for Kirkus Reviews, 1 Jun. 2005, comments that the author "never learns exactly what his father did, but he does artfully draw the familiy's home life in all its stress, distance, and disconnect.... A beautiful, gracious act of connection with a man who kept his secrets." Publishers Weekly, 23 May 2005, calls this work a "heartfelt if shapeless saga." However, "Richardson's conflation of his father's profession with his personal life lacks much substance or perspective."

To Peake, Studies 50.1 (Mar. 2006), the author adds too much "detail about their family life, telling the reader more than needs be said about his own hippy, LSD lifestyle, which contributed to periodic estrangement from his father.... Richardson, the father, adhered rigidly to his vows of secrecy and did not tell his son much about what he did, so the book's account is spotty.... [W]e do learn the attributes of a good clandestine services intelligence officer and, family difficulties aside, they have changed little since those days in Vienna."

2. “My Father, the Spy.” Esquire, Mar. 1999, 132-141.

John Richardson, Sr. (Jack), the author’s father, “was a spy, a high-ranking member of the CIA, one of those idealistic men who came out of World War II determined to save the world from tyranny. Like so many of his colleagues, he ended up bitter at a world that mocked and frustrated and finally vilified him…. [A]n officer of Dad's named Bill Hood centered a spy novel called Mole on the Vienna station. Dad appears as the savvy, tough spymaster Joel Roberts.”

Clark comment: Richardson's memories of "my father, the spy" are interwoven with the ugly but touching story of how one generation watched the previous generation through the last throes of the passage into death.

3. "Spies in the House." New York Times, 17 Jul. 2005. [http://www.nytimes.com]

In the summer of 1969, at the age of 14, the author was told that his father worked for the CIA. Clark comment: I wonder how many of us did this in a way truly understandable to our children?

4. "The Spy Left Out in the Cold." New York Times, 7 Aug. 2005. [http://www.nytimes.com]

In 1963, John H. Richardson was exposed as a CIA officer in the U.S.press by a "'high official source.' ... Behind the leak was a policy dispute." Richardson, CIA station chief in Saigon, opposed supporting a coup against Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. However, U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge favored a coup. Richard Starnes, a Washington Daily News reporter, wrote "that the C.I.A.'s station chief in Saigon was a man named John H. Richardson who had twice refused to carry out Lodge's explicit orders.... Soon the story was everywhere.... Exposed by name in the papers, accused of insubordination -- it was about the worst thing that could have happened. [Richardson] flew back to Washington and went into hiding."

5. See also: Lynne Duke, "His Father's Secrets: CIA Man John Richardson Was a Stellar Spy, Leaving Few Clues, Even for His Son," Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2005, C1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

This article orbits around an interview with Richardson about his book My Father the Spy. There is some faintly interesting father-vs.-son thoughts here, but they are surrounded with too much mush. Whether that is the journalist's fault or Richardson's is not clear.

[CIA/Memoirs]

Richardson, Rodney C. [MAJ/USMC] "Yom Kippur War: Grand Deception or Intelligence Blunder." [http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/1991/RRC.htm]

"The surprise attack was a result of actions from both sides. The Arab's intense preparation and keen use of deception, denial, and disinformation were certainly factors in their initial success. The Israelis were able to be surprised because of widespread problems in the intelligence community, the lack of perception in identifying the Arab's intentions, the allowance for distractors to take them away from their real enemy, and the high regard for their own military ability."

[Israel/YomKippur]

Richardson, W.A.R. "An Elizabethan Pilot's Charts (1594): Spanish Intelligence Regarding the Coasts of England and Wales and the End of the XVIth Century." Journal of Navigation 53, no. 2 (2000): 313-327.

[OtherCountries/Spain/Historical; UK/Historical]

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