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The Craft of Intelligence: America's Legendary Spy Master on the Fundamentals of Intelligence Gathering for a Free World
 
 
Author
Allen W. Dulles.
Publisher Lyons Press  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781592282975
Pages/Publication Date 279/2006
Daedalus Item Code 39062
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Originally published in 1963 and later revised by the author, Allen Dulles's classic analysis of spycraft is based on his incomparable experience as a diplomat, international lawyer, high-ranking officer of the OSS, and the first director of the CIA, and is enlivened with a wealth of personal anecdotes. Here Dulles sums up what he learned about intelligence from nearly a half-century of experience in foreign affairs. In World War II his OSS agents penetrated the German Foreign Office, worked with the anti-Nazi underground resistance, and established contacts that brought about the Nazi military surrender in North Italy. Under his direction the CIA developed both a dedicated corps of specialists and a whole range of new intelligence devices, from the U-2 high-altitude spy plane to minute electronic listening and transmitting equipment. Dulles also addresses the Bay of Pigs incident, denying that the 1961 invasion was based on a CIA estimate that a popular Cuban uprising would ensue. Dulles reveals much about how intelligence is collected and processed, and how the resulting estimates contribute to the formation of national policy. He discusses methods of surveillance, and the usefulness of defectors from hostile nations. His knowledge of Soviet espionage techniques is unrivaled, and he explains how the Soviet State Security Service recruited operatives and planted "illegals" in foreign countries. He spells out not only the techniques of modern espionage but also the philosophy and role of intelligence in a free society threatened by global conspiracies.
 
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