Sharp & Sharpe

 

Sharp, Alan. "'Quelqu'un nous écoute': French Interception of German Telegraphic and Telephonic Communications during the Paris Peace Conference, 1919: A Note." Intelligence and National Security 3, no. 4 (Oct. 1988): 124-127.

[France/Interwar][c]

Sharp, Alan. "Some Relevant Historians -- The Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office, 1918-1920." Australian Journal of Politics & History 34 (1988): 358-368.

According to the Royal Historical Society Database, names mentioned include Lewis Namier, Arnold Toynbee, Alfred Zimmerman, and George Peabody Gooch.

[WWI/UK]

Sharp, David H. The CIA's Greatest Covert Operation: Inside the Daring Mission to Recover a Nuclear-Armed Soviet Sub. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2012.

Nagorski, Wall Street Journal, 20 Apr. 2012, notes that the author "served as director of recovery systems for Project Azorian.... Sharp has clearly worked hard to gather every shred of information from the episode. Unfortunately, his passion and effort aren't matched by a gift for storytelling. The writing is engineer-friendly, perhaps, but largely misses the drama of the tale." Nevertheless, he "brings a trove of fascinating material to his account." Noting that "[w]hether Azorian was the CIA's greates covert operation may be a matter for debate," Peake, Studies 56.4 (Dec. 2012) and Intelligencer 19.3 (Winter-Spring 2013), adds that "Sharp's firsthand, well-documented account is valuable in any case."

For Poteat, Intelligencer 19.1 (Winter-Spring 2012), the author "writes with the authenticity and knowledge one has only after a first-hand, insider role." Brooks, Proceedings 138.10 (Oct. 2012), sees this as an "outstanding book.... No other book on this subject can claim the degree of firsthand information and detail that Sharp offers." To Amundson, NIPQ 29.1 (Jan. 2013), the author has done "an excellent job of describing the genesis, development, and execution of Project AZORIAN." Zaic, AIJ 31.2 (2013), finds that while "[t]he story stands on its own merit,... the focus on the engineering and technical details suggests a more narrow audience."

[CIA/70s/Glomar]

Sharp, Tony. Stalin's American Spy: Noel Field, Allen Dulles and the East European Show Trials. New York: Oxford, 2014.

Peake, Studies 58.4 (Dec. 2014), says that Sharp "is the first" among several authors to get Fields' story "mostly right." However, he "gives too much credence to Steven's [Stewart Steven, Operation Splinter Factor (1974)] dotty conspiracy" involving the CIA and Allen Dulles. his book provides "a good, thoroughly documented, hard-to-believe spy story."

[SpyCases/U.S./Field]

Sharpe, Kenneth E. "Intelligence vs. Covert Action." World Outlook 8 (Winter 1989): 173-187.

[CA/Gen]

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