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1. "Special Issue on 'Secrets of Signals Intelligence during the Cold War and Beyond.'" Intelligence and National Security 16, no. 1 (Spring 2001): Entire issue.

2. Secrets of Signals Intelligence during the Cold War and Beyond. London and Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 2001.

This volume comes out of a conference on "The Importance of Sigint in Western Europe during the Cold War 1945-1999," organized by the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA) in Amsterdam in November 1999. ("Preface")

For Jonkers, Intelligencer 13.1, this work is "very useful for understanding the worldwide intelligence world." The editors provide "a series of essays covering the US, British, Canadian, German, French, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Dutch SIGINT services and liaison programs." Kruh, Cryptologia 26.2, sees "[t]his excellent book" as providing "an abundance of interesting information." It "should be read leisurely for maximum enjoyment."

Andrew, Christopher, Richard J. Aldrich, and Wesley K. Wark. Secret Intelligence: A Reader. New York and London: Routledge, 2009.

Clark comment: The subtitle says exactly what this work is -- a Reader targeted at classroom use. There are 30 articles drawn from the writings of a number of scholars in the field of intelligence studies. Peake, Studies 53.3 (Sep. 2009) and Intelligencer 17.2 (Fall 2009), notes that whether you view this book "as a text or a source for stimulating thought on modern intelligence issues," it "is an important compendium and should be consulted by all concerned with the profession."

Armstrong, Robert, and Eunan O'Halpin, eds. Intelligence, Statecraft and International Power. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006.

From publisher: "Addresses questions arising from the development and use by rulers and states of military, diplomatic, economic and political intelligence from ancient times to the present day.... The contributions in this book take a long view of intelligence as an element in state and international affairs, and explore not only the more cerebral aspects of the question ... but more questionable aspects of broader intelligence related activities, such as the circulation of disinformation, destabilization of states and movements, assassinations, and covert warfare against states, movements and peoples."

Barth, Jack. The Handbook of Practical Spying. Washington, DC: Smithsonian, 2004.

Goulden, Washington Times, 31 Oct. 2004, finds that this work "shows extensive research among folks knowledgeable about the tradecraft of espionage." The author "covers how to recruit a source,... how to elicit desired information, how to do auto and foot surveillance, and detect being the subject of same. And he notes that many 'espionage' skills can be used in every day life."

Betts, Richard K., and Thomas G. Mahnken, eds. Paradoxes of Strategic Intelligence: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel. London and Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 2003.

According to Freedman, FA 83.2 (Mar.-Apr. 2004), this tribute volume to the late Michael Handel "addresses one of Handel's favorite topics: how countries can manage their intelligence to avoid getting caught by surprise.... These essays ... conclude that there are inherent difficulties in trying to guard against surprise, although there are approaches to intelligence collection that can reduce its likelihood."

Peake, Studies 48.1 (2004), says that "[e]ach of these essays is well documented and calculated to make the reader think and learn." For Inbar, NWCR 58.1 (Winter 2005), the editors have "put together an impressive group of practitioners and academics to write on various aspects of the work of intelligence agencies." They have produced "an excellent introductory collection for students and the professional reader to the gamut of issues with which the field of intelligence grapples."

Bungert, Heike, Jan Heitmann, and Michael Wala, eds. Secret Intelligence in the Twentieth Century. Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 2003.

Van Nederveen, Air & Space Power Journal, Spring 2004, notes that this work "examines German intelligence structures and policy as well as the attempts of other powers to gather intelligence about German states." Although some of the early essays "cover issues already known to most intelligence researchers,... one also finds real gems dealt with for the first time in print.... What makes this book unique, however, are the post–World War II pieces."

Collins, Denis, with the International Spy Museum. SPYING: The Secret History of History. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2004.

Peake, Studies 49.2 (2005), comments that this is a "coffee-table book, based on the exhibits found in the immensely popular Washington, DC, International Spy Museum." However, "its subtitle claims far more than its content delivers"; and, in fact, "the museum has produced a disappointing book." The book "contains far too many errors of fact, both historical and contemporaneous."

Collins, Lance, and Warren Reed. Plunging Point: Intelligence Failures, Cover-ups and Consequences. Sydney, Australia: HarperCollins, 2005.

Peake, Studies 50.1 (Mar. 2006), finds that the "first third of [this] book discusses how intelligence should work today and how it operates in fact, which is to say, corrupted in its application by national leaders of ... America, Australia, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand.... The next third of the book is a historical review of intelligence as it evolved" among those nations after World War II. The authors seem "a bit distracted by how spy novels have shaped reality.... But overall it is a good summary. The last third of the book considers intelligence in war, ways to spot upcoming failures, and where the threat is likely to originate.... Personal bitterness aside, Plunging Point gives an interesting picture of how at least some of our allies view the intelligence profession."

Crowdy, Terry. The Enemy Within: A History of Espionage. Wellingborough, UK: Osprey, 2006.

Publishers Weekly (via Amazon.com) defines this work as a "survey of espionage from ancient times to America's invasion of Iraq.... [It] is a work of narrative and anecdote rather than analysis, and succeeds within that context." Peake, Studies 51.3 (2007), finds "little new in the book.... Crowdy uses mostly secondary sources and he pays the usual price: doubtful assertions and unforced errors."

Davies, Barry. The Spycraft Manual: The Insider's Guide to Espionage Techniques. Osceola, WI: Zenith Press, 2005.

From advertisement: "The Spycraft Manual is a step-by-step instruction book on the tradecraft and skills that spies use." It covers "from the seven basic drills of agent contact to satellite surveillance."

Deibert, Ronald J. "Deep Probe: The Evolution of Network Intelligence." Intelligence and National Security 18, no. 4 (Winter 2003): 155-174.

The focus here is on "a different type of intelligence practice that is emerging not among states but among non-state actors and in particular among citizens groups with computer networking capabilities.... There are a variety of good reasons to monitor" this type of transnational activity.

Dénécé, Eric. Renseignement et contre-espionage: actions clandestines, technologies, services secrets. Paris: Hachette, 2008.

Kahn, Intelligencer 17.1 (Winter-Spring 2009), says that the author "competently surveys the field," offering some historical, geographical, and analytical chapters.

Dewerpe, Alain. Espion: Une anthropologie historique de secret d'État contemporain. [Spy: A Historical Anthrology of the Secrecy of the Contemporary State] Paris: Gallimard, 1994.

Kahn, I&NS 23.2 (Apr. 2008), calls this a "dazzling study.... [T]here is no book like it in all of intelligence literature." Dewerpe's work "is encyclopedic but not exhaustive. It lacks a good knowledge of the secondary English-language literature."

After noting that the author is the Director of Studies of the French École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Brückner, JIH 7.2 (Winter 2007-2008), comments that a "reader expecting a traditional historical anthropology will be disappointed. It is a structuralist ... presentation of the public image of secret intelligence. It should be required reading for the public relations officers of intelligence services because it demonstrates what they are up against."

Dupont, Alan. "Intelligence for the Twenty-First Century." Intelligence and National Security 18, no. 4 (Winter 2003): 15-39.

"[T]he transformation of intelligence architectures, particularly in the West, is no less profound than that of the weapons, platforms and warfighting systems they are designed to support and enhance."

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