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1. Spy Handler
by Victor Cherkashin, Gregory Feifer
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Asin: 0465009689
Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: Basic Books
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Victor Cherkashin's incredible career in the KGB spanned thirty-eight years, from Stalin's death in 1953 to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. In this riveting memoir, Cherkashin provides a remarkable insider's view of the KGB's prolonged conflict with the United States, from his recruitment through his rising career in counterintelligence to his prime spot as the KGB's number- two man at the Soviet Embassy in Washington. Victor Cherkashin's story will shed stark new light on the KGB's inner workings over four decades and reveal new details about its major cases. Cherkashin's story is rich in episode and drama. He took part in some of the highest-profile Cold War cases, including tracking down U.S. and British spies around the world. He was posted to stations in the U.S., Australia, India, and Lebanon and traveled the globe for operations in England, Europe, and the Middle East. But it was in 1985, known as "the Year of the Spy," that Cherkashin scored two of the biggest coups of the Cold War. In April of that year, he recruited disgruntled CIA officer Aldrich Ames, becoming his principal handler. Refuting and clarifying other published versions, Cherkashin will offer the most complete account on how and why Ames turned against his country. Cherkashin will also reveal new details about Robert Hanssen's recruitment and later exposure, as only he can. And he will address whether there is an undiscovered KGB spy-another Hanssen or Ames-still at large. Spy Handler will be a major addition to Cold War history, told by one of its key participants. ... Read more

2. Painful Questions: An Analysis of the September 11th Attack
by Eric Hufschmid
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Catlog: Book (2002-09)
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This book has the color photos, diagrams, and the analysis to show that the World Trade Center towers and Building 7 were demolished with explosives that were placed in the buildings in preparation for the 9-11 attack.

This book is being used by people around the world to support the accusation that the US Government was the primary conspirator in the 9-11 attack.

For two examples, David Ray Griffin references it in his book "The New Pearl Harbor", and Andreas von Bulow, a retired German government official, is referencing it in his book published in Germany.

If you believe Osama bin Laden attacked us without our government's assistance, why not find the flaws in this book, put these accusations to rest, and help restore America's credibility?

If you already believe the attack was conducted by the U.S. government, this book will help you educate your fellow citizens on the unbelievable corruption in our world. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Physics?
This book should be blowen up!

5-0 out of 5 stars After reading this, I am convinced 9/11 was a scam.
I am an structural engineer. Whoever wrote that other article is ignorant of steel buildings. There has never been a steel building destroyed by fire, including ones where explosions occured. As that other reviewer said, there is no way that the impacts on the top floors was large enough to pulverize the concrete. Look at pictures of other buildiong collapses and you will see they look nothing like what happend at WTC. Moreover, building 7 was built entirely differently from the twin towers, yet it collapsed exactly the same way?

Wake up and smell the coffee. Sounds like that other "engineer" is CIA or Mosad plant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! Science at last!
I am blown away by the alleged engineer's comments. If you look at the video, you can see that when the very top first floors hit the floors below them, they are pulverized and the clouds of conrete dust come out of the windows at supersonic speeds. These top floors would not have the falling mass nor speed to pulverize them, nor eject such clouds. Moreover, even though it the floors might crash through the floors below, their speed would be slowed below the free fall speed. Moreover, the pieces of the building would not be so uniform. Examine any building destroyed by artillary or bombing and later fire. This was a controlled explosion beyond any doubt. Would an architect design a building that would collapse when one or two floors collapsed? The engineering is all there to look at.

1-0 out of 5 stars B for effort, F for physics, F for logic
I've watched the video and it is clear this is an AUTHOR and not an ENGINEER (which I am). He consistently compares apples and oranges to support his theory. Here are some examples:
1.Why did towers collapse and not the federal building? Towers were built as a MASSIVE STEEL CAGE with hanging CONCRETE (dried dust) floors inside (to provide enormous floor space) and is a commercial building. The federal building was built to government standards and constructed to support weight evenly throughout the building, preventing total collapse.
2. I've seen simple house fires that bend steel. Different fuels burn differently, but if there is nothing to get rid of the heat, it's simply a matter of time until the temperature climbs past the melting point of steel. The building was in essence a strong house of cards. Bend ONE card (steel cage) and the house easily collapses.
3. PHYSICS: Energy = 1/2 * mass * speed squared. You know; crashing a car at 60mph vs. 30mph is a factor of two in speed, but factor of four for energy (destructiveness). Now imagine if that car was going 400mph. Speed factor is 13 and energy factor is 177 times greater. Sometimes metal in cars shred to 30 mph, image a crash 177 times greater. IT WOULD BE PULVERISED ALONG WITH ANY BODY.
4. Why didn't they fall immediately? It was DESIGNED to withstand a hit by a jet, but not a jet FULL OF FUEL. Where were the flames? They were in the elevator shafts (where most of the tons of fuel went). That heat heated the support of the inside of the building leaving ALL support on the outside cage. A chain reaction started on weakened crash floors, that partially pan-caked the floor below, increasing the force required to hold those floors and floors above, so those collapse down again, increasing weight, again and again until total failure.
5. Wind didn't make or prevent the fall, the fire and unique design made them fall. Air resistance is negligible when comparing to floors weight that probably weighed many tons.
6. Name hufschmid is popular in Germany. Isn't that where many terrorist cells were found?
7. Fire never a caused steel building collapse before? Of course, towers were one of a kind and circumstances of collision of aircraft/steel building are pretty rare these days.

SAVE YOUR MONEY!! Where is the 0 star rating when you need it?

5-0 out of 5 stars A Forensic Tour de Force
There is no other 9/11 book anything like this. Eric Hufschmid gave me my eyes back, so I could see what should be obvious: buildings being demolished the usual way (a view that was obscured by clouds of government propaganda and flaming jet fuel).
"Painful Questions" does this with relentless logic, common-sense physics, and lots of color photographs.
For instance, Hufschmid asks how Building 7 could suddenly collapse when it was completely intact, and slide into the ground at free-fall speed, except in a demolition? Is this why WTC 7 is not on the agenda of our sycophantic media and "911 commission?"
The book has a running commentary of insights about why people don't care to think about the uncomfortable truth - and why they should: the political dangers of playing the ostrich.
The evidence collected here shows the WTC collapses had all the marks of controlled demolitions. However, if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and waddles like a duck - it has to be a Boeing, if the majority and the media say so!
Painful Questions is also a tribute to what the ordinary citizen can do using their own education, common sense and logic, while "experts" follow the herd.
It includes chapters on some other cover-ups, like the anthrax scare, and on why it's possible for our military intelligence or whoever was really behind 9/11 to get away with it. ... Read more

3. Hunting the Jackal : A Special Forces and CIA Ground Soldier's Fifty-Year Career Hunting America's Enemies
by Billy Waugh, Tim Keown
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
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Billy Waugh is a Special Forces and CIA legend, and in Hunting the Jackal he allows unprecedented access to the shadowy but vital world he has inhabited for more than fifty years.

From deep inside the suffocating jungles of Southeast Asia to the fetid streets of Khartoum to the freezing high desert of Afghanistan, Waugh chronicles U.S. Special Operations through the extraordinary experiences of his singular life. He has worked in more than sixty countries, hiding in the darkest shadows and most desolate corners to fight those who plot America's demise. Waugh made his mark in places few want to consider and fewer still would choose to inhabit. In remarkable detail he recounts his participation in some of the most important events in American Special Operations history, including his own pivotal role in the previously untold story of the CIA's involvement in the capture of the infamous Carlos the Jackal.

Waugh's work in helping the CIA bring down Carlos the Jackal provides a riveting and suspenseful account of the loneliness and adrenaline common to real-life espionage. He provides a point-by-point breakdown of the indefatigable work necessary to detain the world's first celebrity terrorist.

No synopsis can adequately describe Waugh's experiences. He spent seven and a half years in Vietnam, many of them behind enemy lines as part of SOG, a top secret group of elite commandos. He was tailed by Usama bin Laden's unfriendly bodyguards while jogging through the streets of Khartoum, Sudan, at 3 A.M. And, at the age of seventy-two, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as one of a select number of CIA operatives who hit the ground as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Waugh came face-to-face with bin Laden in Khartoum in 1991 and again in 1992 as one of the first CIA operatives assigned to watch the al Qaeda leader. Waugh describes his daily surveillance routine with clear-eyed precision. Without fanfare, fear, or chance of detection, he could have killed the 9/11 mastermind on the dirty streets of Khartoum had he been given the authority to do so.

No man is more qualified to chronicle America's fight against its enemies -- from communism to terrorism -- over the past half-century. In Hunting the Jackal, Billy Waugh has emerged from the shadows and folds of history to write a memoir of an extraordinary life for extraordinary times.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Disregard Publisher's Weekly Review
I used to subscribe to Publisher's Weekly, willing to put up with some of that publication's obvious left-leaning sympathies in order to get the most recent publishing news. But no more. I have just cancelled my subscription based on the incredibly biased and belittling review of American patriot Billy Waugh's book. I can only assume that the review was written by the same editor that reviews (negatively, of course) anything that is positive about America, our current President, conservatives, or the military. The author of this poison pill of a review chooses his adjectives as carefully as if he was attempting to craft fine literature. It is obvious that even a well-told tale of a life lived making sure that rags like PW can be published will never receive a fair review from the commissars at Reed Elsevier, Inc. Billy Waugh is not "a one dimensional, blustering character" and anyone who knows him will attest to that. What he is represents what the left so hates: a man who has devoted his entire life to the defense of this Nation, our Nation, his Nation . . . and you ought to be damn proud that he has.

5-0 out of 5 stars Required reading for all who enjoy freedom
Harvard Law School professor Alan M. Dershowitz last April complained to Publishers Weekly about its negative review of his new book. Amazingly, the editor-in-chief agreed and had the book re-reviewed. Billy Waugh should have them do the same. HUNTING THE JACKAL is an incredible look into the world of secret warriors working around the clock to safeguard our freedom. He has hunted--and found--terrorists who top the Most Wanted lists. And here he writes about Carlos the Jackal and Osama bin Laden and others. He's done the dirty work in the world's hellholes (just the descriptions of which seem to upset book reviewers). It is not pretty work, and what they do and how they do it is not particularly appropriate for some polite conversations. But that is the point. This is a well-written book--better than most--that lays out the real underworld in a clean, engaging fashion. You're quickly taken along on an amazing life, and before you know it, you're at the last page, overwhelmed at what you've "witnessed" ... and wanting more. The best-selling author W.E.B. Griffin said it best: "Waugh is the warrior's warrior. From Special Forces missions in Vietnam to black ops work around the world, he has fought our worst enemies hellbent on harming America in ways unimagined. We sleep soundly, our freedoms defended, thanks to men like Waugh. This is his remarkable story -- read it and understand what too few do." ... Read more

4. Inside the CIA
by Ronald Kessler
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Catlog: Book (1994-02-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Don't Worry This Book Won't self-destruct after you read it
Ever since it's formation in the 1950's the CIA. has been one of the most intriguing and at times most controversial organizations of all time. Ronlad Kessler's investigative novel: Inside The CIA offers to shed some much-needed light on the agency's purpose. Using information gathered from interviews with retired CIA and KGB officers, Kessler reveals more about the CIA's structure, policies, and personnel than any James Bond movie ever could.

Kessler explains that the CIA is divided into four chief directorates: operations, intelligence, administration, and science and technology. He goes on to say that these four departments work in unison to keep the CIA runnning smoothly. The CIA could not withstand the loss of any one of these divisons; if the directorate of administration was taken away no one would get employed, paid, or terminated. Likewise if the directorate of intelligence was eliminated the CIA's main role (gaining information about other countries and using that information to protect national security) would not be fulfilled. At the head of all these directorates and sub-directorates is the office of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Movies like James Bond and Misson: Impossible may give people the wron idead about the CIA. Kessler states that "When the public or the media cannot know something they immediately assume that the agency has make a mistake." Many people think that classified information is something the CIA doesn't want to acknowlege; in reality the CIA classifies information to protect the US and its citizens.

I picked up this book looking foward to pages full of clever gadgets and shadowly double agents. What i found was long drawn out procedures and policies that often confused me. However the book was occasionally spiced up with an intresting fact or two. For instance did you know that former president George Bush was once director of the CIA? Or that in the past the CIA hired US citizens vacationing over seas to spy on foreign emmbassies? These seldom facts combined with the agency's interesting history kept me reading. This book might appeal to someone who wants to clear up some of the speculation of the CIA.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but not exactly revealing
evidently, this guy's book about the FBI created quite the stir. when i got this book for x-mas, i expected a lot of information on the operations aspect of the CIA, but was somewhat disappointed. i was pleased with some of the operational history and how the agency evolved through the years to become one of the most skilled, and respected intelligence agencies in the world. but, this book didn't reveal much that couldn't already be found online. aside from his detailed operations accounts and interviews of CIA personnel, just about everything this guy discusses is somewhere online -- most of it on the CIA website. furthermore, i expected at least something on the collection management aspect of the clandestine service, but kessler didn't mention that job at all, preferring to spend a whole chapter on the CIA's games in cuba and with castro.
don't expect to find anything too exciting in here. there's some good operations history, and he does a good job detailing different areas of the CIA, their responsibilities, and how they all work together. but it read like a series of somewhat nonsensical stories told by someone more interested in the garnishes than the entree. if you want to know more about the CIA, you would be better off going to their website first and then reading this guy's book for some 1st person accounts and operations.

2-0 out of 5 stars Quick overview, lacks substance and gets repetetive
This book gives a good overview of the CIA structure, depicting each department individually. In doing so, the author jumps chronologically and repeats himself. This book had very few accounts of what CIA actually does, apart from a lot of references to the Inran-Contra affair (not exactly explained in the book). Apart from explaining how CIA is structured and giving a couple of semi-bios CIA directors this book leaves you wanting to read something else on the subject.

4-0 out of 5 stars interesting and entertaining, starting to become dated
This 1992 book by Kessler is quite similar to his more recent book on the FBI, but without the quantity or quality of interesting inside stories. Not surprisingly, despite having excellent access to the CIA, there are fewer details. Again, however, he comes across as remarkably fair-minded--quite critical of failings of the agency, and not afraid to point out flaws and foibles of its leadership--but also sympathetic, refuting some inaccurate charges that have been made. The book has a very amusing and horrible typo in the title of Chapter 24: it is given as "X-Rated Chowder" in the table of contents, at the beginning of the chapter, and at the top of every page in the chapter. In fact, it was supposed to be (as you learn when you read the chapter) "X-Rayed Chowder." A good introduction to the CIA, but it's now over a decade out-of-date.

4-0 out of 5 stars A large puzzle pieced a bit a time.
It is obvious from reading this book that Kessler did his homework along with the work assigned to other classes. The book is filled with anecdotes and details that help complete the extensive history and organization of the CIA. At times, he gets a little too specific such as when unnecessarily stating the room and floor of the building for a particular meeting. At other times, these minute details gives credibility and invokes a tour-guide-feel to the author. In addition, the author exhibits an overall positive view of the modern CIA though he does not hesistant to mention the CIA's failures.
As for my personal experience, due to the large number of persons discussed, I found myself flipping back and forth to find out trying to recall a name I passed over before. By the last chapter, the final pieces of the puzzle are put together and what I'm left with is a clear picture of the organization of the CIA along with a slightly blurry image of its history. (I just can't remember all those names.) ... Read more

5. Spymaster: My Life In The Cia
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6. Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
by Clifford Stoll
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Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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Cliff Stoll was an astronomer turned systems manager at Lawrence Berkeley Lab when a 75-cent accounting error alerted him to the presence of an unauthorized user on his system. The hacker's code name was "Hunter" -- a mystery invader hiding inside a twisting electronic labyrinth, breaking into U.S. computer systems and stealing sensitive military and security information. Stoll began a one-man hunt of his own, spying on the spy -- and plunged into an incredible international probe that finally gained the attention of top U.S. counterintelligence agents. The Cuckoo's Egg is his wild and suspenseful true story -- a year of deception, broken codes, satellites, missile bases, and the ultimate sting operation -- and how one ingenious American trapped a spy ring paid in cash and cocaine, and reporting to the KGB. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A tell tale title, The Cuckoo's Egg!!
I read this after I had finished reading Takedown by Shimomura. I found that even though the core objective was the same, i.e. tracking cyber criminals, Stoll delves much deeper into the technical aspects of hacking. A lot of net-working concepts would not be understandable by lay people. I guess non-IT guys would find it pretty boring. Once again the Unix OS has been discussed in fine detail in some chapters. Overall a very good read for the those who breath and sleep computer networks.

Thanks Gauri dear, for this neat Book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book for people interested in computer networks
This is an exciting and gripping story of a system administrator's life. One day, he discovers a hacker who is constantly breaking in into computer systems. When he begins to chase the hacker, he eventually finds out that it's not just some youth having fun reading other people's files. And you are going to hold your breath while following the administrator's every move.

The book's well written and funny. Its philosophy is somewhat anarchist, as is usual for computer freaks, and pretty ironical towards the US government institutions. I'm glad to say that the hero, looking like just another leftist jerk in the beginning, goes through a significant attitude change when he realizes that there are countries much more evil than the United States of America.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Case of the Hannover Hacker
This tells of Cliff Stoll's involvement in reconciling a 75 cent bookkeeping discrepancy that led to an intruder who broke into the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in order to break into classified military systems. Cliff writes with a 'stream of consciousness' style that used over 350 pages where maybe 86 pages would be used in a more concise style. [Is using many pages a mark of bureaucratic style?] Cliff describes his lifestyle as a university serf: eating a lot of pizza, bicycling around, living with friends, sewing quilts. His big event of the year is dressing up for a Halloween parade in San Francisco. This book lacks a Table of Contents and an Index (not intended for reference?). I don't expect a sequel.

This is worth reading as a slow-paced detective or mystery story. But it is unlike a Hammett or Chandler or other detective authors. One lesson is the care needed when talking over a phone line (the "F" entity). Cliff's comments on an uncaring Federal bureaucracy were echoed in the aftermath of 9/11/2001. The personal activities of Cliff and his friends show them to be dedicated followers of fashion who imagine themselves to be radically original. American telephones are computer controlled so they are easy to trace.

Cliff is asked about the "adiabatic lapse rate on Jupiter". This wasn't "by chance", but a test of his bona fides (Chapter 45). Chapter 47 explains how to decrypt Unix passwords from words. Plodding through this book is like running on a dry sandy beach. He could have been more specific. Cliff claims the problem with viruses is they destroy trust (naive?). My advice is: trust no one.

4-0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable surprise.
I bought this book at the suggestion of a friend. I did not really expect it to be entertaining since most books on the subject are tough to get through. Instead it is as compelling as any good thriller. It is one of those books that are tough to put down once started, and I found myself staying up late to make it through just "a few more pages".
Try it and you're in for a treat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stoll hatches a good story
Here's a great nerd's-eye view of Cliff Stoll's practically one-man stand to capture a 'Cracker' (aka a Malicious Hacker for the non-geeks). There's enough technical detail to get the point across without losing an audience. Mr Stoll has a great ability to write that doesn't alienate the non-computer savvy folk, yet keep us fellow geeks enthralled. ... Read more

7. The VERY BEST MEN : Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the CIA
by Evan Thomas
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5-0 out of 5 stars Surprised Not to See More Reviews
What a great book. If you find the CIA fascinating, then this is a must read. In fact, if you find your country fascinating, you must read this book.

This isn't your typical James Bond, Tom Clancy sort of thing. Get the real stories in just about the perfect amount of detail. The characters are easy to follow and the scenarios do not require a history refresher course to delve into.

The "Four" who did dare are all geniuses and each has played a part in making sure you sleep well at night. Each person is handled deftly and the book follows in a natural chronological order.

The most fascinating part of the book definitely revolves around the Kennedy administration and Bay of Pigs fiasco. Once again, the politics of politics can turn something so clear into a mess.

The best part of the book is that it handles bigger and smaller points equally well. There are many, oh by the way type quick tales, but the larger campaigns are also handled extremely well. You will find yourself paraphrasing stories and anecdotes from this book to your friends. Great after dinner discussion stuff.

Top of my list for recommendation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just don't let friends borrow it
They will never return it. It is that good of a book. Starts with introduction on how these men started it from WWII and walks the reader through the history of how it all got started.

5-0 out of 5 stars A college kid's opinion...
This book was a required read for a college course that I took on the CIA & Congress. I found this to be an excellent book - full of substance, loaded with information, and a very easy read. Thomas's book was one of the very few required reads that I've actually completed of my own accord. I highly recommend this book to those who are looking for an in-depth study on the inner workings of the CIA's beginnings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best deep look at why the emperor has no clothes
I almost broke two fountain pens on this book, and that is close to my highest compliment. Depending on one's mood, it will move any person with a deep knowledge of intelligence to tears or laughter. This is a really superior detailed look at the men that set the tone for clandestine operations in the 20th century: "Patriotic, decent, well-meaning, and brave, they were also uniquely unsuited to the grubby, necessarily devious world of intelligence." From card file mentalities to Chiefs of Station not speaking the language, to off-the-cuff decision making and a refusal to include CIA analysts in strategic deliberations, this is an accurate and important study that has not gotten the attention it merits from the media or the oversight staffs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book- tell the author
Evan- Great book. Digger Donahu ... Read more

8. Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs : The Unknown Story of the Men and Women of World War II's OSS
by Patrick K. O'Donnell
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The battles of World War II were won not only by the soldiers on the front lines, and not only by the generals and admirals, but also by the shadow warriors whose work is captured for the first time in Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs. Thanks to the interviews and narrative skills of Patrick O'Donnell and to recent declassifications, an entire chapter of history can now be revealed. A hidden war -- a war of espionage, intrigue, and sabotage -- played out across the occupied territories of Europe, deep inside enemy lines. Supply lines were disrupted; crucial intelligence was obtained and relayed back to the Allies; resistance movements were organized. Sometimes, impromptu combat erupted; more often, the killing was silent and targeted. The full story of the Office of Strategic Services -- OSS, precursor to the CIA -- is a dramatic final chapter on one of history's most important conflicts.

In a world made unrecognizable by the restrictions placed on the CIA today, OSS played fast and loose. Legendary chief "Wild Bill" Donovan created a formidable organization in short order, recruiting not only the best and brightest, but also the most fearless. His agents, both men and women, relied on guile, sex appeal, brains, and sheer guts to operate behind the lines, often in disguise, always in secret.

Patrick O'Donnell, called "the next Studs Terkel" by bestselling author Hampton Sides, has made it his life's mission to capture untold stories of World War II before the last of its veterans passes away. He has succeeded in extracting stories from the toughest of men, the most elite of soldiers, and, now, the most secretive of all: the men and women of OSS. From former CIA director William Colby, who parachuted into Norway to sever rail lines, to Virginia Hall, who disguised herself as a milkmaid, joined the French Resistance, and became one of Germany's most wanted figures, the stories of OSS are worthy of great fiction. Yet the stories in this book are all true, carefully verified by O'Donnell's painstaking research.

The agents of OSS did not earn public acclaim. There were no highly publicized medal ceremonies. But the full story of OSS reveals crucial work in espionage and sabotage, work that paved the way for the Allied invasions and disrupted the Axis defenses. Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs proves that the hidden war was among the most dramatic and important elements of World War II. ... Read more

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I bought the book and couldn't put it down after reading it straight through over the weekend. So much of O'Donnell's book contains new information on OSS and WWII. O'Donnell does a masterful job capturing OSS's most important missions and the incredible exploits of these men and women agents most of them untold until now. The narrative style of this book combined with oral history, allows it to read like some of Ambrose's classics like D-Day or Citizen Soldiers. O'Donnell has changed his style compared to his other books yet he still allows the voices of these incredible spies and Special Forces troops to speak

I was really stunned with what OSS did during the war: everything from creating the first SEALS; to blowing up bridges in Greece; to operation CROSS a team of 100 ex-German POWs trained to kill or kidnap Hitler. Some of the best chapters revolve around Greece and the Balkans which have hardly been touched by most historians. Also entertaining was the chapter revolving around spy gadgets created in OSS labs. OSS made everything from umbrella guns to cigarettes that were .22 caliber pistols to something called the "Truth Drug." The missions into Germany itself made my hair stand up in the back of head, especially, the stories from Jewish-American veterans that went back facing almost certain death if they were captured.

5-0 out of 5 stars Intense History
World War II is such a historical epic, so monumental and sweeping in its scale, that much can be lost in the massive threads that make up the truly great human war. At the same time, the scholarship concerning the war and its effects are so voluminous that little has not been touched on. That's why I was so pleasantly surprised when I finished author Patrick O'Donnell's excellent new history of the Office of Strategic Services, America's WWII era intelligence agency. I have read hundreds of thousands of pages on the war, but I would say 90 percent of the material and stories presented in this book were unknown to me. O'Donnell himself sounds surprised, as he tracked down dozens of aging ex-agents who were willing to give him their long held secrets in amazing detail. O'Donnell has a talent with grafting these new stories with superb document research, giving a gripping and complete account of the OSS in the European theater.

Probably the most startiling tale in this book is how unprepared the United States was for a covert war. The idea of an OSS type group was almost foreign to all American leaders, especially the military. It was only through the enlightened stubborness of the OSS' first director, decorated WWI director Willian "Wild Bill" Donovan, that the US government recognized the need for an international spy agency. It was amazing how rapidly the OSS was able to construct itself, even though it recieved substantial support from its big brothers across the pond, Britain's MI-6. O'Donnell is clear and concise as he describes the makeup and training behind the genesis of the OSS. As the US entered the war against Hitler, the OSS was rapidly moving to counter the threat posed to the world's most powerful democracy. The stories of the OSS in North Africa were amazing to me, this book serves as both an education piece and as a testament to the men and women who were willing to take unimaginable risks in order to hurt the Axis. In Africa, Italy, and the Balkans, OSS teams, made up of both American and foreign agents were instrumental in many Allied successes, such as the guerilla wars in Yugoslavia that caused Germany so many problems. O'Donnell is always ready to remind the reader that the bravery of the OSS was not confined to their American agents, the foreign operatives and armies of the OSS were often fanatically dedicated to the defeat of their homelands fascist oppressors.

As the war against Nazi Germany developed, so did OSS methods and challenges. No longer was OSS faced with the far reaches of the Nazi empire, they were now sending assets directly into the heart of the Reich. At the same time, OSS was charged with very difficult objectives, such as preparing the way for Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France. These missions made for some great reading, as OSS agents fought with French resistance fighters in order to complicate Nazi military reaction. This included hair raising missions including the destruction of communication hubs, railroads, and convoys. Most famously, the OSS helped Free French forces battle the 2nd SS "Das Reich" Panzer division as it traveled north to the invasion beachheads, delaying it for a full month. Less glamourously, OSS agents and spies worked in places such as Switzerland and Sweden, picking up on Nazi secrets and signals. Psychological units worked tirelessly to erode Nazi morale with a bag full of nefarious tricks. At the end, the OSS was active, amazingly, within Germany itself, where it fought a covert war against the massive Nazi apparatus and its violently fearsome security organs, such as the SS-SD and the Gestapo. As the stakes became higher, so did the risks, and many a OSS operative or member met horrific fate at the hands of Himmler's sadists.

Narrative hstories are always a bit tough to write effectively, as you have to avoid the temptation to just throw all of the interviews together with little real insight. O'Donnell avoids this tripwire, by providing extremely effective scholarly research with the amazingly detailed interviews and testimonials by men and women who have gone relatively unrecognized. Their effect has been felt all over the world, as the covert wars of the 1940's have provided blueprints for the covert wars of today. Some have derided the OSS impact on the overall war, but O'Donnell is careful to point out the OSS' critical role in several turning points of the conflict. It is a very rewarding learning experience while at the same providing for Fleming like action. Amazing book.

4-0 out of 5 stars First Hand Testimony Is Always The Best
This book is not "War and Peace", nor is it a comprehensive book on spies, but rather it is a collection of stories using first hand testimony of the participants in the OSS in WWII. In that context the book is different from most of what must now be a 1000 books on WWII. The strength of this book is the excellent writing and the series of interesting characters and their stories, all involving ordinary men that do heroic things. Thankfully their stories have been recorded by the author since many of these men are now many in the 80's and their first hand recollections will soon be lost. In any case the book is better that one might expect.

I first heard about this book on WABC where John Bachelor has interviewed a series of the living subjects or "spies" on air on his late daily show at 10:00 PM. The guys are ordinary but the stories are often riveting. They put themselves in tremendous danger with their patriotic actions. In many ways this book is like the recent Tim Russert book - a sleeper. The book seems okay from what you have heard from others and from interviews on the radio, but the book is actually a much better read. In many ways the both books (Russert and this book) are on subjects that when properly presented become compelling page turning reads. This is a great value and a good book.

Four Stars

Jack in Toronto

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, if a bit superficial
Patrick O'Donnell has now written three of these books. Each is a collection of oral histories from World War 2, the first following elite units in Europe, the second covering the same ground in the Pacific. This third volume is a collection of oral histories covering the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, in Europe.

The format is simple. The author collects the histories into a coherent narrative, provides some context, and pads the narrative with some text. The result is a recounting of various campaigns or actions from the ground level, right at the tip of the bayonet.

The difficulty, such as it is, comes from the context. There's nowhere near enough of it. The author (as noted elsewhere) speaks in this book as if the OSS did all or most of the infiltration into France and Germany during WW2, only briefly mentioning the French and British infiltrations that were more prevalent. The author focuses on the American forces, as he did in the previous two books, but here it's a bit more egregious. For one thing, the intelligence world is somewhat murky and indistinct, and its effect on the larger campaigns in the war is, to say the least, controversial. Given that we're not sure how much effect these actions had on the campaigns, the author's presentation is problematic. He tends to take whatever a spy says about the effect of an intelligence coup at face value, and expects the reader to do likewise. This is a bit much, at times.

Other than that, the book does feel a bit incomplete. One reviewer made an unfavorable comparison with M.R.D. Foot's SOE in France (which by the way should never have been allowed to go out of print); this comparison is unfair, as Foot's book was written in the Sixties, and the author had unprecedented access to classified documents and was allowed to interview a great number of people who were then alive. Though it was a great success, Foot's book cause such a controversy that critics succeeded in blocking publications of any further books by Foot or anyone else. O'Donnell's book is nowhere near as comprehensive, and couldn't be, given the differences in the way they were written.

This is a good book, if you understand it's limitations and gee-whiz-look-what-we-did attitude. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too little, too late
I was deeply disappointed by this book. Whilst it was useful overview of the OSS during WWII it was superficial and simplistic. As an American I can appreciate that we have to the biggest and best at everything. The truth of the matter in the matter of supporting the European resistance movements with was neither - an honor that most go the British Special Operations Executive (SOE). The point is that this work is nothing like as comprehensive as M.R. Foot's "SOE in France" that I just read prior to this rather sorry work.

The biggest criticism of the author is his totally unquestioning attitude to the work of the OSS and its' policies. For example; O'Donnell presents facts and then fails to interpret them in any meaningful manner, for example the betrayal of the agreement with the British over the operations is Yugoslavia. He fails to explain the politics of the Free French and the problems this present to the resistance. Finally, his biggest omission is to completely ignores the operations of the OSS against Japan. ... Read more

9. A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country
by Benjamin Weiser
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For almost a decade, Col.Ryszard Kuklinski betrayed the Communist leadership of Poland, cooperating with the CIA in one of the most extraordinary human intelligence operations of the Cold War. Now that Poland is free, a riddle remains: Was Kuklinski a patriot or a traitor?

In August 1972, Ryszard Kuklinski, a highly respected colonel in the Polish Army, embarked on what would become one of the most extraordinary human intelligence operations of the Cold War. Despite the extreme risk to himself and his family, he contacted the American Embassy in Bonn, and arranged a secret meeting. From the very start, he made clear that he deplored the Soviet domination of Poland, and believed his country was on the wrong side of the Cold War.

Over the next nine years, Kuklinski rose quickly in the Polish defense ministry, acting as a liaison to Moscow, and helping to prepare for a "hot war " with the West. But he also lived a life of subterfuge--of dead drops, messages written in invisible ink, miniature cameras, and secret transmitters. In 1981, he gave the CIA the secret plans to crush Solidarity. Then, about to be discovered, he made a dangerous escape with his family to the West. He still lives in hiding in America.

Kuklinski's story is a harrowing personal drama about one man 's decision to betray the Communist leadership in order to save the country he loves, and the intense debate it spurred over whether he was a traitor or a patriot. Through extensive interviews and access to the CIA's secret archive on the case, Benjamin Weiser offers an unprecedented and richly detailed look at this secret history of the Cold War. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A more balanced view from Warsaw
Well, if anybody is really interested in facts regarding Poles' attitudes to colonel Kuklinski, here they are, according to Pentor's survey in 2002: 36% consider him a traitor, 35% consider him a hero, 30% are undecided on the issue. Lech Walesa was against colonel Kuklinski's rehabilitation, the former president considered him a "bad example" for the army. Ex-communists Miller and Kwasniewski when they won the election soon afterwards decided to rehabilitate the colonel, which Walesa called "a political trick". Well, as you can see things are no longer black and white in Poland... and thanks God.

5-0 out of 5 stars Patriotic Voice From Poland
I read this book, and didn't plan on writing a review until I read the comment by 'Voice from Poland'.

The fundamental observation that I would have regarding Kuklilnski is that he is a hero. He cannot be seen as a traitor because by definition it is impossible to betray a Quisling.

Secondly, to call Kuklinski a hero calls into question the morality of those who rationalized their cooperation with the Soviets. It is precisely the invitation to rationalize cooperation with the Soviets that made the Soviet/KGB/NKVD system so invidious. Many can't face the fact that their rationalizations in working with the Soviets were actually self-serving.

Jaruzelski is seen as a somewhat hapless 'gentleman' who was in a terrible spot, but who chose the easy path. And the opinion polls do not suggest that Jaruzelski is supported by the majority of my countrymen.

Again cooperation with Quisling is traitorous behavior; working against Quisling is heroism.

As to the book, decently well-written, gets bogged down at times - but very much a worthwile read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reply to Voice from Poland
The amazing story of Colonel Kuklinski and his work on behalf of the free world and America, resulted in many laudatory comments, but also an outrageous condemnation from pro-Communist sources. The understanding of this scurrilious attack will be helped by the recollection that our gallant ally, Poland, was abandoned at Yalta to the Soviet occupation, which lasted 46 years. During this time, some Poles were seduced, or bribed, to serve their Soviet masters and their interests. When the general discontent by the majority of the people, led by Solidarity, brought about the downfall of the Communist masters and their stooges, they naturally felt hate for the freedom-seeking patriots.

The kangaroo Communist court sentenced Colonel Kuklinski to death just like they condemned so many patriots, and even the anti-German resistance fighters. To most Poles, Colonel Kuklinski is a hero and the cities of Krakow and Gdansk made him an honorary citizen. The regime henchmen could not reach the colonel but his two sons met with sudden death in suspicious circumstances in America. So he paid the highest price for his efforts on behalf of the free world and Poland.

5-0 out of 5 stars Patriot or Traitor
A Secret Life will attract numerous audiences but holds special appeal for those who enjoy the mental challenge of wrestling with questions of moral dilemma. Colonel Kuklinski, the subject of the book, lived as a citizen of a country, Poland, during a time when Poland's national interests were subjugated to the interests of another nation. In sharing military intelligence with the American authorities, did Kuklinski act as a patriot whose mission was to protect Poland's freedom or as a traitor to its national security? The author's conclusions are clear from the phrase in the subtitle "the Price He Paid to Save His Country," but his meticulous research allows the reader to appraise the narrative at every step of Kuklinski's journey and to draw one's own conclusion. An absorbing tale that one constantly has to remind oneself is not fiction!

5-0 out of 5 stars Colonel Kukllinski, a hero or a traitor?
I heard many things about the martial law in Poland, and I read many books on the cold war. I think what Colonel Kuklinski did, was very dangerous and also heroic. In order to look at the martial law, everybody must ask himself/herself, where was Poland at this time? Was it free from foreign domination? Did Poland make indepedent decisions in regards to foreign policy or even internal policy? I think not. If those who think he is a traitor, then they think comunism was a good thing, and they enjoyed life under comunism. Most documents that Kuklinski shipped to Americans were in the Russian language. He did not take any money as some comunist members including Jaruzelski think.
I am one of many, who met Colonel Kuklinski personally. He is a man of a great courage and patriotism. His sacrifice was that he lost his two sons, and did not receive recognition among the Poles. I believe that his sacrifices wiill find recogniztion if we will read this book. ... Read more

10. The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America's Most Secret Agency
by James Bamford
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In 1947, the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand signed a secret treaty in which they agreed to cooperate in matters of signals intelligence. In effect, the governments agreed to pool their geographic and technological assets in order to listen in on the electronic communications of China, the Soviet Union, and other Cold War bad guys--all in the interest of truth, justice, and the American Way, naturally. The thing is, the system apparently catches everything. Government security services, led by the U.S. National Security Agency, screen a large part (and perhaps all) of the voice and data traffic that flows over the global communications network. Fifty years later, the European Union is investigating possible violations of its citizens' privacy rights by the NSA, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a public advocacy group, has filed suit against the NSA, alleging that the organization has illegally spied on U.S. citizens.

Being a super-secret spy agency and all, it's tough to get a handle on what's really going on at the NSA. However, James Bamford has done great work in documenting the agency's origins and Cold War exploits in The Puzzle Palace. Beginning with the earliest days of cryptography (code-making and code-breaking are large parts of the NSA's mission), Bamford explains how the agency's predecessors helped win World War II by breaking the German Enigma machine and defeating the Japanese Purple cipher. He also documents signals intelligence technology, ranging from the usual collection of spy satellites to a great big antenna in the West Virginia woods that listened to radio signals as they bounced back from the surface of the moon.

Bamford backs his serious historical and technical material (this is a carefully researched work of nonfiction) with warnings about how easily the NSA's technology could work against the democracies of the world. Bamford quotes U.S. Senator Frank Church: "If this government ever became a tyranny ... the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back, because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government ... is within the reach of the government to know." This is scary stuff. --David Wall ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It Makes One Wonder
It's hard to take a fresh look at a book that has already been so well reviewed, but I feel that I do have a few more worthwhile comments, hence another review.

Even though PUZZLE PALACE has been around for eighteen years, it still seems to be the best researched book on NSA that's available. It would be nice if Bamford could update us on what has happened in those intervening years.

None of the following is classified information. I was an enlisted man in the Army Security Agency, stationed in the Philippines, from 1955 to 1957. I had been trained as a French Linguist at the Army Language School. It wasn't until I got to the Philippines that I even knew that there was an organization known as the National Security Agency (NSA). Even more amazing is the fact that, until I read Bamford's book, I had no idea how what I was doing fit into the scheme of things. Thanks, James Bamford, for clearing that up for me some forty five years later. Better late than never, they say.

What I think that Bamford has done so well is to tell the true story of the creation of a modern "Frankenstein's Monster." He presents a cogent case for the very real need for communication interception and code breaking in the early days of NSA's existence. He proceeds to take us through, step by step, the process whereby a protector of our freedoms seems to have evolved into a threat to those very freedoms.

According to Bamford, the communications security community seems almost paranoid in their fears that "unless we absolutely control it, it's dangerous." They are devious enough to get around any and every safeguard to the privacy of the individuual that might be established. To wit: Jimmy Carter, when he was President, put a few safeguards in place. With time on their side, the NSA waited until Ronald Reagan was President and got him to remove those safeguards. (See page 374 of the 1982 hardback edition.)

It makes one wonder: In today's world of e-mail, high speed faxes, cel phones, etc., all using the air waves, is anything sacred or has Orwell's prediction come true. As I mentioned above, I'd really like for Bamford to bring us up to date.

A few reviewers have complained about problems keeping up with all the initials used in PUZZLE PALACE. One has to understand that no discussion of the magnitude of the situation can be held without mentioning all of the organizations and committees involved.

It is true that a bit of hard work on the part of the reader is necessary to get all, or most, of the impact of the information contained in PUZZLE PALACE, but I think that the knowledge gained is definitely worth the effort.

5-0 out of 5 stars Astounding! The book scares me!
I read the book when it was first published in 1983, and I was absolutely blown away with Mr. Bamford's detailed knowledge of the NSA and related intelligence-gathering methods of that time. At the time the book was published, I had been working in this area for the Navy and I found this book filled with (among many other things) knowledge regarding satellite intelligence capability (at the time) which -- well, frankly, I was surprised to see some of it in this book. That's why I'm astounded at some of the content.
I recommend it whole-heartedly to anyone who's interested in observing how the U.S. intelligence community (according to Mr. Bamford) conducted (and, I might suggest, still conducts) its affairs. I can't wait to read his new book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Big Brother is WATCHING and LISTENING!
I read this book in hardback when it first came out, long before the WWW was even existed. It became the basis of my concerns about government servilance of our personal electronic communications.

If the general public ( Or as Julius Cesear called them " The ignorent masses" )read this book, they would understand the mockery the US government has made of the basic liberties our forefathers and our brothers and sisters have fought and died for.

If you are open minded and looking for those books begging for its pages to be turned...look no further. I just read a copy of Edgar Fouche's 'Alien Rapture,' which also blew me away. Fouche was a Top Secret Black Program 'insider', whose credibility has been verified over and over. I also really liked Dan Brown's 'Angels and Demons.' Want to be shocked, check
out Dr. Paul Hill's 'Unconventional Flying Objects' which NASA tried to ban.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mostly Fiction
This title should be filed as fiction. Spending several years working in the government section and having intimate knowledge of the inner workings at the NSA a significantly large portion of this book is fantasy.

The earlier history portion of the book is very factual but if you are looking to gain insight on how the government "spies" on private citizens you won't find it in this title. You can get better entertainment value by watching MI-5.

2-0 out of 5 stars The only comprehsenive study of the NSA, but poorly written.
If you want information on the NSA, this is one of the few books you'll find. So, in a sense, you have no choice but to read this book and the sequel. Unfortunately, Bamford needs to learn how to write. Chapters are chaotic. Miscellaneous information is peppered throughout. Run-on sentences and poor choice of verb tenses are only some of the grammatical problems that make this a difficult read. The book is a rough draft. In addition, although Bamford tries to be "objective", it seems clear that he wouldn't have obtained this information if he was critical of the NSA. ... Read more

11. Ahead of the Parade: A Who¿s Who of Treason and High Crimes: Exclusive Details of Fraud and Corruption of the Monopoly Press, the Banks, the Bench and the Bar, and the Secret Political Police
by Sherman H. Skolnick
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Sherman Skolnick, one of America’s foremost investigative reporters, speaks out on some of America’s current crises. Included in this blockbuster book are the following articles: The Overthrow of the American Republic, How It is Happening The Sucker Traps, Dirty Tricks of Finance and Brokerage Foreign and Domestic Secret Political Police Operating in the U.S. and Markets Wal-Mart and the Red Chinese Secret Police ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Why the high price?
Why is this book priced so above the cost? Amazon?

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12. The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked, September 11, 2001
by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, John Leonard
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A disturbing exposé of the American government’s hidden agenda, before and after the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks. A wide range of documents show U.S. officials knew in advance of the "Boeing bombing" plot, yet did nothing. Did the attacks fit in with plans for a more aggressive U.S. foreign policy? Nafeez Ahmed examines the evidence, direct and circumstantial, and lays it before the public in chilling detail: how FBI agents who uncovered the hijacking plot were muzzled, how CIA agents trained Al Qaeda members in terror tactics, how the Bush family profited from its business connections to the Bin Ladens, and from the Afghan war. A "must read" for anyone seeking to understand America’s New War on Terror. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is what's going on folks
The people who give this book one star are either government agents or truly brainwashed. Yes, the book can be somewhat difficult to read and is repetitive. But this is done to back up facts with source after source. However, reading the final conclusion pretty much sums everything up in the neat form most Americans should be able to comprehend.

Even without this book anyone with common sense should see from just the mainstream news that this "war on terror" is completely fabricated. Bush, Cheaney & Company are the epitomy of EVIL and this book calls them out. People our president murdered 3,000 fellow citizens, plus numerous Afghans and is distracting you with bin Laden & Hussein. What does this say about us as we sit idly by and allow Bush to destroy this country along with untold others. Buy 3 of these books and mail them to your 3 federal representatives (1 congressman, 2 senators) and let them know you know what is going on. It is money well-spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Part Galileo, part Stephen King...brilliant & frightening
"Afghanistan had been planned for several years prior to the terrible tragedy that occurred on 11th September on US soil...[It] then considers the development of Afghanistan as well as within the United States, as a consequence of the US-led military intervention that began Ocotber 2001....Neither the facts, nor the inferences I draw therefrom, are palatable. However, they are worthy of urgent consideration, not only from members of the public, but by our purported political leaders and representatives..."

"...Huey Long once said, 'Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism'. I'm afraid, based on my own long experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."

Nafeez Moseaddeq Ahmed, Preface
and quote from Jim Garrison, New Orleans
District Attorney, 1967, from the Conclusion

There are not words to describe the courage it will take anyone, conservative or liberal, left, right or center, to read this book from cover to cover and sit with the new world you will be looking at afterwards. Ahmed, through more than *six hundred* footnotes, political and historical analysis, quotes of everyone from European and Afghani political analysts to New York stockbrokers to American congressman and FBI agents--and some of the most erudite, plain language scholarship I have ever read--irrevocably changes one's view of history and current events such that one is left with the profoundly disturbing fact not by saying that his main theory is true, but by proving unqeustionably that it is POSSIBLE.

This is not an America-hating rant, the likes of which would make it the international antithesis (i.e. siamese twin) of much of the pro-American "literature" coming from the far right nowadays. This is scholarship the likes of which can only demand a paradigm shift in one's thinking, regardless of how you choose to reinterpret his fact-finding when you put the book down. If you've ever wondered what the Catholic bishops must have felt when reading the work of Galileo for the first time, or the Protestant community of the 19th century reading the work of Darwin, or what the Newtonian physics scientific community felt seeing Einstein prove his point about relativity, the scholarship of Ahmed will let you know in perhaps the most politically frightening way possible. Ahmed in fact, does not rely on the rogue scholars we are familiar with for the bulk of his work. He quotes BODY OF SECRETS: INSIDE THE NSA, the work of Gore Vidal like THE GOLDEN AGE, and 9-11 by Noam Chomsky as mere redundancies, adding to the mountain of evidence he has generated leading one to the inevitable conclusion that is the book's theme.

In the end, whether or not you choose to follow Ahmed to the end of his theories, you will be left with a totally new understanding of the secret architecture and raison d'etre of both modern history and modern war. If you didn't know that FDR knew the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbor because he set America up to be bombed in 1941 in order to get the isolationist minded American populace to join World War Two--and how he did it--you will learn it here. If you didn't know that there were plans in the military (kept classified until the Freedom of Information Act of 1975) of terrorizing and even killing American citizens in Miami and throughout Florida in such a way that it would look like Castro's military did it to justify an American invasion of Cuba in 1962, you will learn it here. If you didn't know that the total absence of military response to the hijacking of American planes before they hit the World Trade Center on Septemeber 11th is something that has NEVER happened before in FAA or military history, you will learn it here. If you had no idea of the unusual and otherwise inexplicably heavy trade on the stock market that took place days before Septemeber 11th regarding Airline and oil stocks, you will learn it here.

And if you can find a way to digest all of that, plus

1) hundreds of other provable historical/foreign policy facts of the European/American 20th Century from a plethora of credible sources--in and out of America--he brings to light,

2) the political/economic agendas behind the secret psychological architecture of modern day war explained with amazing clarity,

3) the revealing of our current Administration's relationship with International Oil cartels for the past three generations, and

4) the seemingly infinite number of both otherwise inexplicable anamolies AND examples of unprecedented ineptitude regarding both the intelligence community and the military's failure to prevent 9/11 from happening, WITHOUT coming to the same conclusions the writer of this book does...than God bless you.

I cannot.

This is just a little bit bigger than a phony land deal in Arkansas and some oral sex in the Oval Office. Ahmed makes it clear through the WAR ON FREEDOM that it is time for a full investigation of our Administration. If for no other reason as it will be the only thing that could make this nightmare of a book go away. There are some books every American should read to strengthen their own mind or enrich their own lives. This is one book every American needs to read in order to save our Nation's soul. Remain ignorant at the cost of your own freedom.

4-0 out of 5 stars Required reading
I laugh at warnings not to read this book. This IS America, isn't it? It's well documented, and makes the case that the GOVERNMENT, NOT the United States, may very well be complicit in 9/11 -- by omission, if not co-mission. It makes a very clear case regarding who benefited from 9/11 -- and who continues to. These words are warnings we all need to hear -- and read.

One of the most interesting points is made regarding the illegality of the U.S. government activities these days, and how they fly in the face of the Constitution -- and how we all seem to be just looking the other way (particularly people who would warn you not to read this book!). States' rights have taken an especially painful hit as the Federal Government continues to expand to grotesque proportions, giving the lie to any "Conservative" stature the Republicans may claim.

My only complaint is that the book tends to repeat itself a lot -- which may need to happen to some extent to get these points across. Still, I had the feeling that it was written on a PC and the printout was never given a good final editing.

Just the same, it's important information, well researched and documented. No one has to believe it all -- but if you limit your information and news to the mass media, you deserve whatever you get.

1-0 out of 5 stars perfect, if you're brainwashed
This book is more propaganda for the USA haters, and articulates their position, that September 11 was, in essence, our fault, and that we deserved it. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK; it will weaken you, convince you that the USA is evil, and ensure the destruction of you and your family through your inability to defend yourselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bitter Truth
It's all here, all the news that you won't find on CNN-FOX-NBC et al, although an astonishing amount of stuff WAS published in papers like the Washington Post, and many of Ahmed's sources are mainstream. But while bits of the puzzle may leak out in the mainstream US media, the conclusion -- that the Bush administration, "through its actions and inactions, effectively facilitated the attacks, protected those responsible, blocked attempts to prevent the attacks, and maintained close political, financial, military, and intelligence ties to key figures who supported those responsible...." is unspeakable in the dominant US media, and to a large extent, even in the alternative media. This is unfortunate, because this is one of the most important stories of the last hundred years. We need to wake up to the monstrosity that our federal government has become, after 50+ years of catering to the military industrial complex. If we are ever going to reclaim our democracy and re-establish government of by and for the people instead of government of by and for the corporations and wealthy, we must be willing to unflinchingly face the crimes our government has committed and demand their accountability. ... Read more

13. The Search for the Manchurian Candidate: The CIA and Mind Control
by John D. Marks, John Marks
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4-0 out of 5 stars Well documented & inciteful book
I was a bit hesistant to purchase this book, fearing that it would be nothing but conspiracy drivel, but I was happily surprised to see that Marks had done his homework and had "not" strayed from his supporting documents. With this type of book there is always a concern that the author will rely on over generalization and speculation rather than grounding the work on substantial supporting evidence, but Marks does well to stay within the confines of his knowledge and the facts at hand.

For those interested in this book, which I recommend, I would also like to recommend "Pyschiatry and the CIA" by Harvey M. Weinstein, M.D. Weinstein describes a specific account of CIA funded behavioral modification research that was unwittingly foisted upon his father via his father's psychological treatment by Dr. Ewen Cameron. I think this book would be a nice compliment to Marks' book.

Another book I might mention, although I'm sure many academics as well as other alumni would disagree with me, is "Michel Foucault: Ethics" Vol. 1 edited by Paul Rabinow. Pages 66-85 are especially relevant, which deal with the State's power over its population ("Bio-power").

Other books dealing with behavior modification, albeit with less emphasis on State complicity, are: "Age of Propaganda" by Anthony Pratkanis & Elliot Aronson, and "Battle for the Mind" by William Sargant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truth Outpaces Fiction Every Time
I read this book when I was in high school playing hookey in the public libraries of Manhattan, NY. My public high school was That bad! At the time I knew nothing about the Korean War or the extremely brilliant Manchurian Candidate movie starring Frank Sinatra but I knew I was interested in governmental mind control plots and the CIA. I think this book was the first to show me that all fiction, no matter how FANTAStic is but a shadow of reality.

That concept really explodes when as the previous reviewer points out, we consider, that the book's author focuses on the CIA's involvement with MK Ultra neglecting that of the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, etc. etc. Its the etc.s that really count!! Most of us have such a vague understanding of what the CIA actually does much less that there are scores of such publically and privately funded "Intelligence" organizations. Readers of this book would probably also enjoy the book The Control of Candy Jones.

I think I learned about the Candy Jones book from this book and its certainly as weird, if not weirder, than any Philip K. Dick sci fi movie/book (Bladerunner "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"). Scary, chilling, true, tip of the iceberg and relegated to fiction. Stealth is important and we probably can't do without military, no less the Intelligence component of military. It would be great, however, to see people become literate on the subject of secret government mind manipulation and how it determines government and society.

5-0 out of 5 stars controlling people
This is a very well written; book that detailing a lot of information about secret test conducted on controlling people. This book should go on the same shelf as "Body of knowledge", Puzzle Palace", and "Influence: Science and Practice ". In addition, if you are thinking about taking LSD, hallucinations, or smoking dope, read this book before you do.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mute Cure Morality.
An important study of Government-domination. In this volcanic book,author John Marks spills open the U.S Govt.'s frightening "mind/behaviour control" research programs.

What shocked me the most was the trials that occured at the Allan Memorial Psychiatric Hospital in Montreal,Canada. Experiments such as "psychic driving" techniques,that bombarded a subject with repeated verbal messages. From tape recordings based on a psychiatrist's interviews with a patient,a tape was looped &,after this particular patient had been drugged up to his/her eyeballs & left to slumber,was hooked up under their pillows & played continuously for 16 hours a day for several weeks. Some of these messages included words like "Where you killed your mother" or "-you let your mother & father treat you like a child". And with some patients,the message was intensified when wires were hooked up to their legs and an electro-shock was administered each time the message ended. Goodness knows how many other experiments were devised,which despite the "Freedom Of Information" act still remain a closely guarded Government secret.

A very revealing publication; fills up history's black holes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good read
Ponderous, though a good and educational read. Personal research by author was at the time groundbreaking. We need more such books today in all aspects of govt, incl. on CFR, Trilateral Comission, Bilderbergers, which are a bigger threat to our freedom and peace than CIA. ... Read more

14. True Blue: Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them
by Cassie Wells
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After September 11, 2001 Las Vegas Police Sergeant Randy Sutton began soliciting writing from law enforcement officers-his goal being to bridge the gap between the police and those they serve, with a book that offers a broad and thoughtful look at the many facets of police life.Hundreds of active and former officers responded from all over the United States: men and women from big cities and small towns, some who had written professionally, but most for the first time. Sutton culled the selections into five categories: The Beat, Line of Duty, War Stories, Officer Down, and Ground Zero.

The result is True Blue, a collection of funny, charming, exciting, haunting stories about murder investigations, missing children, bungling burglars, car chases, lonely and desperate shut-ins, routine traffic stops, officers killed in the line of duty, and the life-changing events of September 11.Here, officers reveal their emotions-fear and pride, joy and disgust, shame and love-as they recount the defining moments of their careers.In these stories, the heart and soul behind the badge shines through in unexpected ways. True Blue will change the way we think about the deeply human realm of police service.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Power and Truth
You may call me biased, because I'm one of the authors in True Blue. ("The Emotional Switch" Page 32.) However, the stories by my fellow author/police officers included in True Blue, beat anything I've read in terms of power, valor and truth. Randy Sutton's, "Her Name Was Jackie" is one of many such.

This book will make you laugh, upset your viewpoint and let you know what it's like to be on the gritty, and often extreme end of both cops and citizen's real life stories. All proceeds from this book go to the survivors of police officers killed in the Sept. 11th attacks.

Randy Sutton wrote in my copy of True Blue, "Thanks for being part of the True Blue Family." No Randy. I'm honored. You, Cassie Wells, St. Martin's Press, and all those who buy this book are making a positive difference by giving back to surviving police families who've all lost and given so much.

Rocky Warren Sgt. (ret.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good book. A quick read because of the short stories. Gives a nice outlook on Police life, the funny, the sad and the amazing. I wished that there was more stories to read. Just the right amount of 9/11 stories which are sad to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Be Prepared for Real Life Cop Stories
Some of these stories brought tears to my eyes--a few made me laugh out loud. If you want to learn about the emotions behind the badge, this is the book to read.

Marilyn Meredith
Author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the read!
An excellent "story" book for law enforcement officers, their families, their friends, and the general public!

My family includes several generations and types of cops, including a husband who retired as a sergeant after 25 years of service and a son who is now a young patrol officer making his own way and earning his own memories.... I am blessed to count many friends within the LEO community where I served alongside them during my own career.

I grew up with them, lived with them, and worked with them.

I have always known that cops were human.

5-0 out of 5 stars sad stories.
Most of the stories in this book are sad and some of them are funny. I recomend this book to people who think of the officers who risked their lives in 9/11. ... Read more

15. Sticky Fingers: Managing the Global Risk of Economic Espionage
by Steven Fink
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Written by internationally recognized crisis management expert Steven Fink, Sticky Fingers is the first practical guide that shows companies large and small, publicly traded or privately held, how to avoid huge financial losses from economic espionage, and what to do if a company believes it has been victimized. The FBI ranks economic espionage among the greatest threats to our national security since the end of the Cold War. It costs U.S. businesses more than $250 billion a year, and no company is immune from the risks.

Readers will be able to intimately follow every step behind the scenes of the landmark Avery Dennison/Four Pillars spy case and learn from the vantage points of the spy, the victimized company, the FBI, and the Justice Department prosecutors – from first suspicions to ultimate jury verdict.

Sticky Fingers also details:
* A list of the top countries that spy on U.S. businesses
* Why the biggest threat comes from within — and what to do about it
* Cybercrimes – from amateur hacking to professional netspionage
* How to formulate a crisis communications plan
* Dealing—or not dealing—with the FBI

Woven throughout the book, the epic lessons from the Avery Dennison/Four Pillars case – the longest and largest economic espionage case in U.S. history, and the first ever to go to trial since the passage of the landmark Economic Espionage Act – are combined with insights of other companies that have been victimized, including Lucent Technologies, Kodak, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, MasterCard, Gillette, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PPG Industries, and many others. Companies can fight back to reduce their risk, using the clear, pragmatic crisis management strategies outlined in this book. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This Book is a Winner!!!
Steven Fink, author of the bestselling " Crisis Management," has written a truly superb book on economic espionage. Using actual real world examples involving Avery Dennison / Four Pillars, Lucent Technologies, and Eastman Kodak, Fink has crafted a practical and easy-to-read book on how companies should protect their most valuable corporate asset - their trade secrets.

In the case involving Avery Dennison (the label and adhesives maker), Fink provides a detailed look at what caused a highly respected scientist at Avery Dennison to sell his company's trade secrets to a foreign competitor, namely Four Pillars of Taiwan. The ensuing court trial makes for interesting reading.

Using the example of Eastman Kodak and one of its former employees, Fink again discusses the motivation behind selling one's former employers' trade secrets for personal gain. This human element, which Fink writes about with great ease and clarity, is often overlooked in other books on economic and industrial espionage.

The chapter on the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and the types of information worth protecting should be 'must reads' for every business manager. I would like to have seen another chapter on methods that companies can use to protect their trade secrets.

All in all, a solid book that provides useful information in an easy to read format.

Mark Robinson, author of "Beyond Competitive Intelligence: The Practice of CounterIntelligence and Trade Secrets Protection."

5-0 out of 5 stars Packed with Knowledge!
Have you ever had to decide whether to pick up that juicy Tom Clancy book or that stale, but important business one? Steven Fink splits the difference and solves your problem with this book that is half spy story, half business advice. Sticky Fingers works best as a thriller. As business advice, the book highlights the basic issues for U.S. companies fighting economic espionage, but falls short of serving up a complete playbook. The devil, as always, is in the details, and the specifics of the book's real-life cases sketch a more accurate picture of this particular devil than the generalized advice. If economic espionage is the elephant in the corner that your company has been pretending does not exist, we from getAbstract recommend Sticky Fingers as a starting point to finally taking action to protect yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Global Cookie Jar
Occasionally, an author's concluding remarks shed a great deal of light on what that author's purposes are. That is certainly true of this book. Consider this brief excerpt from the Afterword in which Fink observes: "Acts of terror [e.g. such as those which occurred on September 11th] notwithstanding, economic espionage remains one of the most serious threats to our national security since the Cold War. Therefore, we ought to have seasoned generals leading, and weathered soldiers fighting, the good battles that need to be fought." However, with all due respect to the F.B.I. and to legislation such as the Economic Espionage Act [EEA], " still need to be your own best defense against espionage with proper internal education, training, and procedures" and under no circumstances "delegate the crisis management work for your company to the government. It is too important." This brief excerpt helps to explain why this book can be so valuable to decision-makers in global organizations.

Recent research studies have dentified issues of greatest concern to senior-level executives, following September 11th. The top five are mail processing (86%), travel (85%), protection of employees (79%), protection of infrastructure (75%), and risk assessment (71%). Obviously, there is widespread and quite legitimate concern about protecting human beings and physical property. However, as Fink eloquently explains, we must also be concerned about -- and take appropriate measures to protect -- information which is as important to the global economy as oxygen is to the human body.

As events on September 11th clearly indicate, even a country with resources such as those possessed by the United States cannot totally defend itself and its people against terrorists acts. However, because the U.S.A. remains the world leader in research, development, new technology, products, and trade secrets, organizations within the U.S.A. are high-profile targets and "economic espionage spies are still going to come after [them] and that only increases [the] global risk of economic espionage." As previously indicated, Fink's book examines the nature and extent of that potential risk, suggesting all manner of strategies and tactics to anticipate and then prepare for, as well as respond to, economic espionage because it is "a business crisis and should be treated as such."

Fink asserts that "Companies are under attack and at enormous risk every day. from the global threat of economic espionage, but the risk can and should be lowered and managed. Here's how." He organizes his material within two Sections and presents it in 29 interrelated chapters, followed by an Afterword in which he addresses the question, "EEA: Bear Trap or Mouse Trap?" To explain "here's how", he uses the largest economic espionage case ever tried in the United States -- Avery Dennison/Four Pillars -- from his vantage point as the lead crisis management expert for Avery Dennison. Fink guides his reader step-by-step through that seminal case, also also citing along the way relevant situations in other companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gillette, Kodak, Lucent Technologies, and MasterCard.

Who will derive the greatest benefit from this book? Obviously decision-makers in global organizations. Also service providers to those organizations (e.g. attorneys, accountants, insurance underwriters, management consultants) as well as officials in governmental agencies who are directly or indirectly involved in economic espionage threats as well as acts. I also highly recommend Fink's previous book, Crisis Management, first published in 1986 but more relevant today than ever before. America is at greatest risk because it has the most worth stealing. Those with "sticky fingers" know that and so must those whose task it is to deny them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wish We Had Read This Book Sooner!
"Sticky Fingers" is a highly valuable contribution to the ranks of important, must-read business books that sheds much-needed light on the theft of company trade secrets. At a cost to U.S. businesses of more than $250 billion a year, it is no wonder the author calls economic espionage the single biggest business crisis in America today. Every executive and manager should read this book pronto and follow the author's sound advice on protecting their company's trade secrets. My company was a victim of economic espionage and believe me, it hurt! I wish our management had read this book and followed Fink's pragmatic advice on how companies can protect their trade secrets and reduce their risk of economic espionage.

5-0 out of 5 stars Here's the Reality: This book tells it like it is!
It is obvious from reading "Sticky Fingers" that the author knows his subject, inside and out. The book has been thoroughly researched and well documented with a couple of hundred source notes to back it up, including interviews with former and current Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents, as well as many corporate executives. In addition, the author cites no less than three Avery Dennison attorneys who reviewed the manuscript for accuracy. People who plunk down good money for good books appreciate this kind of substantive research. Curiously, in the face of this rock-solid reporting there emerges a childishly cranky "reviewer" from Avery Dennison's Pasadena hometown. (Hmmm?) His - or her - bias seems simplistic and obvious. Having followed this particular case and the Avery Dennison company closely for many years, I have come across quite a few embarrassing incidents that the author might have included had he wanted - perhaps some discomfiting snafus involving the company's lawyers missing scheduled court dates, or company lawyers being publicly rebuked by the trial judge for having loose lips, or gaffes by self-doubting senior management and hyper-nervous internal PR flaks. Even though those incidents may have little to do with the important topic of Economic Espionage, it still might be interesting, if not amusing, if they became public one day. This could be a slippery slope for transparent individuals with personal agendas.

Like the author's previous book on crisis management, "Sticky Fingers" is a book that belongs on every business bookshelf. Company executives and managers would be wise to read it and learn how to prevent the theft of their valuable trade secrets...before they wind up as victimized as the hapless Avery Dennison. ... Read more

16. Race Against Evil: The Secret Missions of the Interpol Agent Who Tracked the World's Most Sinister Criminals
by David Race Bannon
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This electric narrative of suspense and intrigue delivers a firsthand account of heinous criminals and stern justice from the insider's view of David Race Bannon. At age 18, the American youth is recruited by Interpol after he is caught in a deadly riot in South Korea.

Over the next 15 years, Bannon is trained to work in the darkest regions of humanity, to deny societal inhibitors against killing and embrace the agency's role as deliverer of grim justice to evildoers beyond the reach of the law. His missions take him from investigating the bombing of KAL 858 and infiltrating prisons in Korea to the disappearance of London's most notorious child pornographer and searching out terrorists and criminals in the United States.

Disclosing the tactics, teamwork, weapons and combat techniques the world's secretive agency uses, he shares the joys and pains of victims and officers; the thrill of love under fire which ends when his fiancee, a French DST agent, dies in his arms during a savage confrontation with terrorist cells; and Interpol's role in capturing and punishing kidnappers and enslavers who traffic in human beings. Here also is the very personal, true story of a man on the front lines of international justice who struggles to reconcile his search for inner peace with the violence required to protect innocents. In his journey to reach the redemption he seeks, he is led to his ultimate encounter with his own destiny. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down
It wouldn't be quite accurate to say I enjoyed this book, due to its sad subject matter and the many tragedies described. But I couldn't put it down, read it in two sittings, and will keep it to possibly read again. I work for a magazine that reviews books, and I found Race Against Evil in the stack of hundreds of reviewer's copies in our office. I like to read about espionage so I picked it up because the word "Interpol" was on the cover, thinking it was about the political kind of espionage. It's actually about the struggle to end international trafficking in children and child pornography. After reading it, I have nothing but admiration for Mr. Bannon. He endured a great deal of personal tragedy, and subjected himself to the kind of horrible crimes most of us would rather not think about, in order to rid the world of the wicked people who murder and torture children. Often he posted as a pedophile in order to get close to the criminals targeted by Interpol. There are some who would say that he, and Interpol, were wrong to assassinate these kinds of criminals, yet the alternative would be that they would escape justice, and continue to murder and abuse children. It's worth noting that there was one American child molester that he did not kill, but left him injured with the evidence of his crime around him, hoping that the US justice system would give him his due. But most of the assinations took place in other countries, such as Romania and Thailand, where these criminals would escape prosecution.Rather than being shocked at the executions of these vile criminals, I felt glad as I read about them. In the course of the book, many children are rescued from hideous nightmares, and how many other innocent lives would have been ruined if Interpol hadn't stopped these criminals in the only way possible? Sometimes you have to look at life in terms of choices. The ideal solution would be to bring the criminals to justice, but since they purposely took refuge in countries where they could not be prosecuted, the choices were allowing them to continue to their vile crimes, or to kill them and to prevent any further murder and torture of children. Personally, I'm not shedding any tears that these child abusers were killed without mercy, and I respect and admire Mr. Bannon for his role in the effort to stop this hideous crime. It's also a well-written and fascinating read, although the subject matter is often disturbing, it's an important and necessary book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seeking Bannon
Race Against Evil is a fascinating, highly readable and weighty addition to the relatively small number of worthwhile books about Interpol. It is a remarkable achievement that any student of the intelligence community should read.

Often regarded as a mystery, Interpol (the world association of national police forces for mutual assistance in the fight against international crimes and criminal conspiracies) is analysed and exposed in this book by a retired officer of the organisation, and its inner workings scrutinized. Untold tales of undercover work, conspiracies and outstanding bravery constitute Bannon's personal account, in which he avoids more than a brief description of Interpol in the 1930s and the murky years when it fell into the hands of the Gestapo, focusing instead on its renaissance in the 1980s.

Interpol is one of the world's most elusive organisations. Its operations remain veiled from scrutiny and to write about Interpol risks harassment and prosecution, as former members and current commentators know to their cost. Like Britain's most celebrated spymaster, William Stephenson (known by the telegraphic address, Intrepid, used for the British Security Coordination (BSC) office he ran in New York), David Bannon has been taking flak for his autobiography, Race Against Evil. But the life of the professional spy is by nature one of secret accomplishment and shadowy triumph. Trying to shine a light into this world, especially twenty years on, is a daunting exercise. If it accomplishes nothing else, it should serve to remind us of the dark world faced by such individuals.

Like so many Interpol agents, Bannon contributed silently, exercising his skills behind the scenes. The nature of the business is that he and his colleagues went largely unsung. It's part of the mythology. Efforts to emerge from the shadows naturally engender scepticism. Large, reliable news services have validated many of the facts presented in the book. Only one source - a small weekly (circ. 9,000) in the southern United States - questioned Bannon's intelligence adventures, doing so without interviews, research or qualified reportage and therefore it is irrelevant to an educated discussion of the verifiable facts presented in the book.

There is little question that Bannon has an honourable record and that he served Interpol admirably. His publications in Asian affairs and many translations - he read history at Seoul National University - are easy for any competent researcher to confirm. The larger question relates to the substance of his clandestine career. In this, the enigmatic nature of Interpol has pretty well doomed Bannon from the start. The fact that Interpol is still shrouded in public contradictions and official secrecy makes for a challenging research environment. To this day, many of the people from Bannon's Interpol circle cling tenaciously to their code of secrecy. It is very difficult to pry information from them.

Of great interest are Bannon's personal details of French-born master spy Jacques H. Defferre, to whom Interpol gave the code name Archie, who died this year at age 67 in Marseilles, France. Protean in his exploits, Defferre served as a commissioner in Interpol. During the Vietnam War, Jacques Defferre set up Interpol's spy operations in Asia and coordinated the exchange of intelligence between France and South Korea. In this capacity, he also served as a trusted and confidential intermediary between South Korea's President Park Chunghee and Interpol. Defferre's influence extended to helping shape Interpol intelligence and special operations capabilities, namely the investigative branch Rosetta and its enforcement arm, Archangel, both assigned to investigate international child traffic. Among the operations undertaken by Defferre as head of the Rosetta Division at his La Verpillere based operation was assassination of slavers. Accounts of his division's successes helped inspire awareness of the child sex trade at international conferences. A full accounting of Defferre's service has proven elusive: a reflection of the trade of intelligence and the personality of those with a vocation for it. I suspect Defferre was amused by all the controversy surrounding him. That he seems to have taken many of his secrets safely to the grave is the spy's ultimate achievement.

Epitomised in the public imagination by James Bond, Interpol's svelte and glamorous image has been peeled away by Bannon's searching revelations to reveal a less savoury truth. Here is the story of Interpol's recruitment of former criminals during the 1980s; campaigns against child sex rings in Europe and Asia; Operation Archangel; and many other little-known operations. The dealings of the Belgian Beast Marc Dutroux, the Wonderland Club, and North Korean labour camps, among others, are also fully explained, as are the many tensions that have existed and to some extent still exist between Interpol and its sister intelligence organisations especially in contentious areas such as Thailand and South Korea.

It is impossible, under the laws presently shielding Interpol, to write about its daily activities. But Interpol has a history, and this book reveals a great deal. Here for the first time is an operational history of Interpol's activities and attitudes. Bannon's is a searching story of the characters and situations in which the games have been played, and of twenty years of international political intriguing, spying and thuggery - all in the name of intelligence.

By Geoffrey Ries, a former intelligence officer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unreadable and Implausible
This is without a doubt the most unreadable book I have ever read. Not a single paragraph rings true. It is inconceivable that Amazon's 5-star rating is legit. Everything and everyone Bannon writes about is lifeless. The reader is never given any sense of how this young man supposedly transitioned from Mormon missionary to hitman. The confusing and disjointed narrative is made even more irritating by the dozens of names he stirs into his story. These are names of people that are complete ciphers and often seem to be included for no reason other than to add to the reader's general confusion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vivid
This is one of those memoirs of a difficult, violent life, that makes riveting reading. Clearly the author, David Bannon, felt he had something to tell, and he tells it vividly. Bannon offers an unforgettable evocation of the bitter crimes against children hidden in the world's dark undergrounds and each page seems steeped in the blood of his plea: "We as citizens of the world must band together to stop it." Bannon's words are gaunt and lined, marked with mortality. Places are strongly evoked: a small, isolated, squalid village or a towering city. Sometimes, though, Bannon's tale is vague and indeed he acknowledges this freely. He changes names of victims and active officers, but never wavers from his rallying cry: "We're here because they're out there." It is the nature of this underground that shocks us. This weird sense of anachronism makes this a riveting if sometimes uncomfortable read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic
This book concentrates a lot on Bannon's past training for Interpol, carrying on from early days. Essential readiong for all die hard crime fans, and recommended to all. ... Read more

17. The French Secret Services
by Douglas Porch
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Century of Disaster
Studying French history in the Twentieth Century is like slowing down on the highway to check out a terrible car wreck. The wreck may be tragic but its compelling and you have to slow down and look. Poor France, to have gone from the pretensions of World Empire to being the junior partner in the Franco German partnership. What a glorious, slow motion train wreck! A tragedy given malicious pleasure by Gaullist pretensions.

For enthusiasts of French military history, there are a number of great books in English that chronicle this steep decline. Many of these books mention the role of the intelligence. However,like Logistics, the role of Intelligence gets lost in the sexier story of battles and campaigns. Douglas Porch's "The French Secret Services" is the first book in English that looks at the role of the Intelligence and the Secret Services from the Dreyfus Affair to the Rainbow Warrior catastrophe. The hardback edition is 500 pages and has a lot of ground to cover.

Every chapter helps fill in the the peculiar details of French history. I thought the three chapters on the Indochina War were especially good. Porch does an admirable job of detailing the importance of the opium trade and its role in the Dien Bien Phu catastrophe. I wish that somebody in the Pentagon would read Porch's two chapters on the Algerian War. Porch has a lot of interesting things to say about use of torture and direct action by Intelligence Services.

Porch's book is a survey of a hundred years of history. By its very nature, it cannot spend too much time on any one subject. To enjoy this book, the reader needs to have a good understanding of French history in the Twentieth Century. Without this knowledge, this book would be very hard to understand.

Along with Anthony Clayton, Douglas Porch is one of the great historians of French military history. His books on the French Foreign Legion, the Conquest of Morocco and the exploration of the Sahara are classics. His strength as a writer and story teller comes out when he is able to wrap his story around a discrete series of events. A survey history does not lend itself to Porch's talents. Having finished this book, I can only hope that Douglas Porch will one day turn his formidable talents to the French Wars of Decolonization. Douglas Porch is the perfect historian to update Bernard Fall and Alistair Horne. ... Read more

18. Terrorist Hunter : The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America
by Anonymous
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The remarkable memoir of an Iraqi woman who escaped from captivity in Baghdad and became America's leading undercover counter-terrorist expert.

Here is the story of an anonymous counter-terrorism expert, a young woman, who, in disguise, has penetrated front groups of anti-American terrorist organizations operating in this country. In this edge-of-the-seat memoir, she chronicles her escape from Iraq via Iran to Israel, following a great tragedy that befell her family at the hands of Saddam Hussein. She also details how she became involved in intelligence gathering for the United States, her adoptive country, while working for an antiterrorism group. With her unique insights into how terrorist groups veil their true operations by various means, she was able to infiltrate and identify dangerous terrorist organizations and entities working undetected in the United States.

Terrorist Hunter provides fascinating and shocking information on how federal agencies, chiefly the FBI and the State Depart-ment, repeatedly ignored or mishandled important information she provided. She reveals her role in exposing terrorist supporters who the White House considered to be friends, in preventing the government from funding terrorist activities, and in the deportation of terrorists and their supporters. She also reveals how she discovered a billion-dollar scheme that rich Saudi Arabians set up to filter money to terrorist groups, through charities and businesses in the United States -- information that the FBI sat on for years, until after 9-11.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!! Best book on Terrorism yet!
This is a superb read and a must for anyone who believes that terrorism is wrong. The author's real life tale reads like a fiction novel, it is amazing that it is a true story. The author truly is a Terrorist Hunter!! She discusses her hunt for Islamic Terorrists - her success in rooting them out here in the United States - as well as the failures of the FBI in combating terrorism. This book will give everyone a better insight on how terrorists operate and what needs to be done to stop them. One of the best books I have ever read. Highly recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars Bone chilling, heartbreaking, sinister tell-it-all
Terrorist Hunter, by Anonymous, is bone chilling, sinister, and disturbing to read. While I am gazing fish-mouthedly page after page the inside scoops of terrorist groups into which this brave undercover woman infiltrates, an inexplicable sadness penetrates me: why is it that the good guys have to hide behind notwithstanding the terrorists enjoy the freedom in a country against which they hold a grudge? How could these people express such rabid hatred toward a country that has provided them shelter and freedoms?

Anonymoyus is an Iraqi woman whose father had been arrested and executed for being a spy. She escaped to Israel from Iraq and eventually moved to the United States. A mother of three whom gave up her prolific garment business in Israel, anonymous and her husband Leo started fresh in the United States. Driven by poverty and desperately needed a job, fate has brought her to an underground research institute that specialized in investigating, researching and scrutinizing Islamic charities and non-profit organizations in the US that function as the terrorist group fronts and have allegedly fund these groups in their Middle Eastern headquarters.

The sensitive and clandestine nature of the job requires the author to remain anonymous and infiltrate into numerous Islamic briefings, meetings, conferences, and rabid rallies. In doing so, she not only is able to identify such dangerous terrorist organizations, she also becomes an antiterrorism expert in tracing to the root, trimming to the bone, and nailing to the core those who headed such organizations and the means with which they bring mujahideens into the United States and the cunning routes through which money is transferred to fund the groups in the Middle East.

The book fearlessly and unreservedly unravels fascinating and shocking information on how the lack of sharing information, the lack of communication between INS, FBI, and CIA provide a loophole for the burgeoning decoy of terrorism. The main trouble with such bureaucracy is that it contains too many checks and balances, whether to restrain leak of intelligence or protect confidentiality. It is somewhat surprising that anything is ever decided. The inflexibility has disastrous consequences (manifest in the 1993 World Trade bombing followed by the 9-11 all-out-war attack) as it becomes salient that security bureaus are incapable of responding adequately to the challenges and threats the country faces.

More shocking is the fact that INS is not aware of the terrorists (and their real identities) who might be entering the country, as the immigration agency does not gather intelligence information. To make matter worse, the FBI and CIA, while gather up a voluminous amount of documents and intelligence, do not share such information with the INS. Anonymous depicts the FBI (and its policy) as being imbecile as it refuses to act before the crime is committed. As far as six years prior to the 9-11 attack, mujahideens who were apprehended in both the United States and the Philippines (where the terrorists planned to assassinate the Pope and blow up several jetliners over the Pacific Oceans) brought manuals detailing in hijacking, bombing, and assassinating techniques. The FBI has failed to properly use the information that could have been used to stop the murderers before they embarked on their deadly mission. What is scarier is that Usama Bin Laden has long conceived the idea of hijacking planes and crash them into the buildings, why are such documents and information overlooked?

As anonymous deepens her investigation, it doesn't surprise me that some of the largest charity organizations are working fronts and de facto financial arm for the Hamas in the United States. Leaders of such organizations are no freaks but university professors and scholars who had received an education outside of their homelands. These are supporters and preachers of barbaric suicide attacks and martyrdom. They invoke Allah's curse on the "tyrannical" Americans and who call for jihad and incite their worshippers to support the fight against the US and all Jews. Therefore, intelligence agencies make a huge mistake in disbelieving the Islamic fundamentalism is significant threat to the US and not following such leaders. Anonymous also makes a point that following Timothy McVeigh's indictment of the Oklahoma bombing, the FBI makes a bad move in dismissing the idea that the terrorists will strike home. What naivete.

Terrorist Hunter is a book that nobody should miss. The anonymous author has written an edge-of-the-seat, tell-it-all account of the surreptitious and deceitful functioning of the most dangerous organizations in the United States. Practices of such organizations are nothing but minatory and sinister. In writing this memoir, the author has not only risked her life but those of her children and family. In exposing the identities of the terrorists and their roots, the book also serves as a wake-up call to the intelligence agencies and call for a collaboration of these agencies to fight terrorism. 4.2 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars A brave and valuable resource in the war on terrorism
Anonymous grew up as an Iraqi Jew. She is fluent in the language and culture of the Islamic terrorists while still having the perspective of a civilized supporter of democracy and freedom. She grew up in Iraq, escaped with the remains of her family to Israel, and settled in the United States. She continues to apply her background and incisive intelligence to understanding, explaining and forecasting the actions of terrorists.

You can see how difficult that is by viewing an Islamic extremist website. You probably cannot read a single word or even understand a single letter of the alphabet. Imagine yourself at one of the frequent Islamic extremist meetings held at hotels and public places in the U.S.A. You will probably not understand a word since they will almost all be in Arabic.

Anonymous is a brave and valuable resource in the war on terror. User her.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrorist Hunter : The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who We
The remarkable memoir of an Iraqi woman who escaped from captivity in Baghdad and became America's leading undercover counter-terrorist expert. Here is the story of an anonymous counter-terrorism expert, a young woman, who, in disguise, has penetrated front groups of anti-American terrorist organizations operating in this country. In this edge-of-the-seat memoir, she chronicles her escape from Iraq via Iran to Israel, following a great tragedy that befell her family at the hands of Saddam Hussein. She also details how she became involved in intelligence gathering for the United States, her adoptive country, while working for an antiterrorism group. With her unique insights into how terrorist groups veil their true operations by various means, she was able to infiltrate and identify dangerous terrorist organizations and entities working undetected in the United States. Terrorist Hunter provides fascinating and shocking information on how federal agencies, chiefly the FBI and the State Depart-ment, repeatedly ignored or mishandled important information she provided. She reveals her role in exposing terrorist supporters who the White House considered to be friends, in preventing the government from funding terrorist activities, and in the deportation of terrorists and their supporters. She also reveals how she discovered a billion-dollar scheme that rich Saudi Arabians set up to filter money to terrorist groups, through charities and businesses in the United States -- information that the FBI sat on for years, until after 9-11.

5-0 out of 5 stars ONLY AVAILABLE IN US - RIDICULOUS !!!!!
Dear citizens of the US, do you know that this book is not allowed to be sold outside the US? Do you know that since i read it in october last year i am trying hard to get a copy of this book and that it is not available in any bookstore in Europe. Do you also know that this book will not be delivered outside Europe by any of the internet bookshops INCLUDING

One word - one message - like the author of the book already description - its pretty much messed up over there - RIDICULOUS!! this form of protectionism !! ... Read more

19. Chasing Spies: How the FBI Failed in Counterintelligence but Promoted the Politics of McCarthyism in the Cold War Years
by Athan G. Theoharis
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Catlog: Book (2002-02)
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5-0 out of 5 stars How the FBI failed in counterintelligence
Athan Theoharis' Chasing Spies tells how the FBI failed in counterintelligence but succeeded in promoting McCarthyism during the Cold War. Chapters focus on the failure of the organization to apprehend and convict Soviet agents, their rejection of information which could have been used against suspected spies, and the efforts of the agency and Hoover to use the information for personal gain. ... Read more

20. Ace of Spies: The True Story of Sidney Reilly (Revealing History (Paperback))
by Andrew Cook
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The amazing true story of the 1920s secret agent who inspired Ian Fleming’s James Bond. ... Read more

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