The Ultimate Spy Book

The Ultimate Spy Book Ultimate Spy Enhanced provides a unique opportunity to enter the secret world of espionage revealing the stories of famous spies recounting tales of famous spy operations and showing an amazing ran

  • Title: The Ultimate Spy Book
  • Author: H. Keith Melton
  • ISBN: 9780862883959
  • Page: 229
  • Format: None
  • Ultimate Spy Enhanced provides a unique opportunity to enter the secret world of espionage, revealing the stories of famous spies, recounting tales of famous spy operations, and showing an amazing range of spy paraphernalia Throughout history, espionage has been used as a means of trying to gain advantage over the enemy Ultimate Spy Enhanced outlines the early history oUltimate Spy Enhanced provides a unique opportunity to enter the secret world of espionage, revealing the stories of famous spies, recounting tales of famous spy operations, and showing an amazing range of spy paraphernalia Throughout history, espionage has been used as a means of trying to gain advantage over the enemy Ultimate Spy Enhanced outlines the early history of espionage It then goes to examine key spying operations during the American Civil War, through both World Wars and the Cold War, up to the present day This expanded edition includes a new section that looks in detail at post Cold War spying activities, bringing the reader up to date with the rapidly evolving high technology world of spying.

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    1. Went into this expecting an in-depth look at the world od spies and tradecraft, but this turned out to be nothing more than a highly illustrated book with irrelevant stuff to modern espionage and just little snippets of information that anyone can discover with some pointed research on the Net (in fact, my research for writing espionage thrillers covered lots more ground than what is mentioned in this book). Not to say it isn't interesting - but this is very much what you'd be seeing if say, the [...]

    2. Nice read! I read the updated and expanded (2009) version. It's clear, and written in a laid-back (but professional) writing style.The Ultimate Spy Book is a well-organized review of international spying. It starts by addressing who might be motivated to spy, followed by a history of pre-WWI spying, then an overview of famous operations, spy cities, techniques, spy gear (very interesting!) and ends with how to be a spy. Not surprisingly, there's an emphasis on the US, Soviet Union, and Germany, [...]

    3. Great Book, full of very interesting photos and facts about spying. Appeals to young and old alike. You feel like you are on a tour of the Spy Museaum in Washington DC

    4. I really liked this book. It was amazing to see the spy gadgets. I learned a lot. Its was to hard on choosing my favorite gadget!

    5. It is OK for what it is. Some of the text is interesting to read and gadgets interesting to study, however too much of the pictures and text make repeat appearances throughout the book. It feels as if the author didn't have enough stuff to fill the book with so he decided to recycle stuff from previous pages to meet his agreed quota of pages. At times I also felt like I was touring a stuffy old museum. Many of the gadgets looked old, worn and rusty. True, this is how things age, however this is [...]

    6. This is a cool book that covers some of the most creative eras in spy history. Everything from code-breaking the Enigma machine, to underground spy tunnels, anti-spy kits, secret cameras and pellet-shooting umbrellas are covered.This book should appeal to spy buffs, history fans and those that enjoy clever solutions to unique problems. Lots and lots of color pictures.NotesMost information seems to be from the Cold War eraLearning CurveLow: Good for new readers

    7. It's dated now but it's great. I think someone described it as a really good coffee table book, that's a great description. The book flies through the years, events, technology, and people involved in the spy game over the years.Not huge on depth on any one event but the presentation and breath of coverage in a short/easy to read book is nice. If you enjoy spy books, it's kinda a must for the collection.

    8. Great stuff in this photographic book - not only did it show the secret tools of the trade, it also told stories of spying operations and techniques. I learned all sorts of things, such as an acronym which depicts what motivates most spys.MICEM = MoneyI = IdeologyC = CompromiseE = Ego

    9. A great pictorial history of esponiage. It shows some weapons, hidden cameras, code making machines (such as Engima), and some famous spies (Ames, Hassen, Philby).It doesn't show much of current practices, but it's great for those interested in the history of it.

    10. I'm glad I bought this book because I know it will be a fantastic reference for years to come. Yes, much of information it contains you can look up on the internet, yet I like having it all in one - easy to flip through - place. I've learned quite a bit!

    11. I have to get me a lipstick gun or a lipstick camera! Although this book was mostly filled with pictures, my favorite parts were finding out what happened to past spies of all countries. Very interesting to learn what were the first ways in which messages were sent.

    12. My friend Annie gave me this book for my birthday years and years ago and I am STILL fascinated perusing the pages of spy accoutrements and stories. I love it!

    13. Fun! I know a couple of teens who would really appreciate this book. It's pretty awesome and full of the kind of trivia everyone will like.

    14. Every page has photographs of unique spy "stuff" from both sides of different eras. Coupled with true stories about spys, the pictures make this a quick, but fascinating, read.

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