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Hidden in Plain Sight


Espionage and Conspiracy from the American Revolution to the Cold War
Whether you like your spies historical, fictional, female, famous, dignified, or double-dealing, we've got you covered. Our spy books and DVDs span the American Revolution and the Civil War to WWII, the Cold War, and beyond.

Few government organizations go unexamined on our Secret Societies bookshelf; the OSS, CIA and NSA, to the SOE, Bletchley Park, MI-5, MI-6, and the SS and NKVD are all included here. You'll also find books about the Templars, the Freemasons, several religious plots, and a secret debating club whose members included Elizabethan English playwright Christopher Marlowe.

If conspiracy theories are your cup of tea, we've got you covered. Our book and DVD selection covers conspiracies of all kinds—from plots to assassinate Sir Walter Raleigh, Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, Adolf Hitler, and John F. Kennedy to details of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and Watergate.
 
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Istanbul Passage

Joseph Kanon.

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Istanbul survived World War II as a haven for refugees and a magnet for spies. In this gripping novel by the author of The Good German, expatriate American Leon Bauer was drawn into this shadow world, doing odd jobs undercover in support of the Allied war effort. As the espionage community ... (Read More)

       
        

All About Spies

 
Which of These Espionage Books Are On Your Most-Wanted List?
 Listening to Britain: Home Intelligence Reports on Britain's Finest Hour, May–September 1940
 

Listening to Britain: Home Intelligence Reports on Britain's Finest Hour, May–September 1940

Paul Addison & Jeremy A. Crang, eds.
 
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From May to September 1940, during a period that saw some of the most dramatic events of the ...(Read More)

 
 Wild Bill Donovan: The Spy Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage
 

Wild Bill Donovan: The Spy Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage

Douglas Waller.
 
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A mythic figure whose legacy is still intensely debated, "Wild Bill" Donovan was director ...(Read More)

 
 Graven with Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Poet, Lover, Statesman, and Spy in the Court of Henry VIII
 

Graven with Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Poet, Lover, Statesman, and Spy in the Court of Henry VIII

Nicola Shulman.
 
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Poet, statesman, spy, lover of Anne Boleyn and favorite both of Henry VIII and his minister Thomas ...(Read More)

 
 Elizabeth's Spy Master: Francis Walsingham and the Secret War that Saved England
 

Elizabeth's Spy Master: Francis Walsingham and the Secret War that Saved England

Robert Hutchinson.
 
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Francis Walsingham, principal secretary to Elizabeth I, was the first modern "spymaster," ...(Read More)

 
 Duplicity
 

Duplicity

Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Giamatti & others. Tony Gilroy, director.
 
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A pair of corporate spies who share a steamy past hook up to pull off the ultimate con job on their ...(Read More)

 
 
 Operation Fortitude: The Story of the Spy Operation that Saved D-Day
 

Operation Fortitude: The Story of the Spy Operation that Saved D-Day

Joshua Levine.
 
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In addition to the enormous amount of planning and training that went into the Allied invasion of ...(Read More)

 
 Whittaker Chambers: The Spirit of a Counterrevolutionary
 

Whittaker Chambers: The Spirit of a Counterrevolutionary

Richard M. Reinsch II.
 
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Whittaker Chambers is largely remembered for his pivotal role in the Alger Hiss spy case. But ...(Read More)

 
 Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
 

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Dennis Hoey & others. Roy William Neill, director.
 
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In this 1943 film, Sherlock Holmes squares off against his diabolical nemesis Professor Moriarty ...(Read More)

 
 Double Death: The True Story of Pryce Lewis, the Civil War's Most Daring Spy
 

Double Death: The True Story of Pryce Lewis, the Civil War's Most Daring Spy

Gavin Mortimer.
 
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After an elderly man jumped from New York's World Building in 1911, his death made the front page ...(Read More)

 
 Rose Under Fire
 

Rose Under Fire

Elizabeth Wein.
 
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In this companion to Elizabeth Wein's brilliant Edgar Award–winning young adult novel Code Name ...(Read More)

 
 
 Death is Forever: James Bond
 

Death is Forever: James Bond

John Gardner.
 
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The Cold War is over, at the start of this 1992 James Bond thriller. After two British agents die ...(Read More)

 
 The Rebecca Code: Rommel's Spy in North Africa and Operation Kondor
 

The Rebecca Code: Rommel's Spy in North Africa and Operation Kondor

Mark Simmons.
 
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Born to German parents but raised in Egypt, trilingual John Eppler was equally at home in high ...(Read More)

 
 I Lie for a Living: Greatest Spies of All Time
 

I Lie for a Living: Greatest Spies of All Time

Anthony Shugaar. Stephen Guarnaccia, illus. Peter Earnest, foreword.
 
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A who's who of spydom from biblical days to recent times, this book from the International Spy ...(Read More)

 
 Operation Fortitude: The Story of the Spies and the Spy Operation that Saved D-Day
 

Operation Fortitude: The Story of the Spies and the Spy Operation that Saved D-Day

Joshua Levine.
 
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In addition to the enormous amount of planning and training that went into the Allied invasion of ...(Read More)

 
 The Craft of Intelligence: America's Legendary Spy Master on the Fundamentals of Intelligence Gathering for a Free World
 

The Craft of Intelligence: America's Legendary Spy Master on the Fundamentals of Intelligence Gathering for a Free World

Allen W. Dulles.
 
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Originally published in 1963 and later revised by the author, Allen Dulles's classic analysis of ...(Read More)

 
 

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Conspiracies

 
Delve into Our Bookshelf of Conspiracies, Cover-Ups, and Hidden Histories
 Traitor to the Crown: The Untold Story of the Popish Plot and the Conspiracy Against Samuel Pepys
 

Traitor to the Crown: The Untold Story of the Popish Plot and the Conspiracy Against Samuel Pepys

James Long & Ben Long.
 
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In 1679, England is awash with suspicions of conspiracy and religious terrorism. Samuel Pepys, ...(Read More)

 
 The Freemasons: An Ancient Brotherhood Revealed
 

The Freemasons: An Ancient Brotherhood Revealed

Michael Johnstone.
 
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This history of the Freemasons explores a fraternity that has been alternately praised for its ...(Read More)

 
 The Axmann Conspiracy: The Nazi Plan for a Fourth Reich and How the U.S. Army Defeated It
 

The Axmann Conspiracy: The Nazi Plan for a Fourth Reich and How the U.S. Army Defeated It

Scott Andrew Selby.
 
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A trusted member of Hitler's inner circle, Artur Axmann—the head of the Hitler ...(Read More)

 
 The First Assassin
 

The First Assassin

John J. Miller.
 
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In 1861, as the United States teeters on the brink of civil war, Colonel Charles P. Rook organizes ...(Read More)

 
 The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War
 

The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War

Daniel Stashower.
 
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(Winner of the 2013 Agatha Award and 2014 Edgar Award for nonfiction; one of the Washington ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs
 

The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs

Jim Rasenberger.
 
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The United States–backed military invasion of Cuba in 1961 remains one of the most ill-fated ...(Read More)

 
 Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean
 

Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean

Alex von Tunzelmann.
 
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Through the presidencies of Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson, the Caribbean was mired in ...(Read More)

 
 The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia
 

The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia

Edward Steers Jr. James L. Swanson, foreword.
 
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One of those remarkable books that you didn't know you needed until it appeared, this A-to-Z ...(Read More)

 
 Once Upon a Secret: My Hidden Affair with JFK
 

Once Upon a Secret: My Hidden Affair with JFK

Mimi Alford.
 
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In the summer of 1962, 19-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived in Washington, D.C., to begin an ...(Read More)

 
 The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of Our Food Supply—An Investigation into the World's Most Controversial Company
 

The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of Our Food Supply—An Investigation into the World's Most Controversial Company

Marie-Monique Robin. George Holoch, trans.
 
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(Finalist for the 2011 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism) The winner ...(Read More)

 
 

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Secret Societies

 
Peer into Secret Groups Throughout History with Our Special Book Selection
 Treason's Tide
 

Treason's Tide

Robert Wilton.
 
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(Winner of the Historical Writers' Association Goldsboro Crown for Best Debut Historical ...(Read More)

 
 The Count of Concord
 

The Count of Concord

Nicholas Delbanco.
 
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Politician, scientist, spy, libertine—Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford was all these things ...(Read More)

 
 The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code
 

The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code

Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle & others. Andy de Emmony, director.
 
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Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin), Millie (Rachael Stirling), Lucy (Sophie Rundle), and Jean (Julie ...(Read More)

 
 The Bletchley Circle: Season 2
 

The Bletchley Circle: Season 2

Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle, Julie Graham & others. Jamie Payne & Sarah Harding, directors.
 
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(Available April 15th; Pre-order Now) The Bletchley Circle mystery series follows four ...(Read More)

 
 Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War
 

Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War

Romi Dias, Isabel Taysin Carter & others. Maria Agui Carter, director.
 
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In 1861, at the outbreak of the Civil War, a teenager from New Orleans headed to the front lines. ...(Read More)

 
 
 An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson
 

An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson

Andro Linklater.
 
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For almost two decades, through the War of 1812, James Wilkinson was the senior general in the ...(Read More)

 
 World War II Secret Operations Handbook: S.O.E., O.S.S. & Maquis Guide to Sabotaging the Nazi War Machine
 

World War II Secret Operations Handbook: S.O.E., O.S.S. & Maquis Guide to Sabotaging the Nazi War Machine

Stephen Hart & Chris Mann.
 
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The combat skills and tricks used by the Allied military, special forces, and resistance fighters ...(Read More)

 
 Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment
 

Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment

Stephen E. Ambrose.
 
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During his time in office, President Dwight D. Eisenhower projected the image of a genial ...(Read More)

 
 The School of Night
 

The School of Night

Louis Bayard.
 
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Following his brilliant revisitings of Tiny Tim (Mr. Timothy), Edgar Allan Poe (The Pale ...(Read More)

 
 The Zimmerman Telegram
 

The Zimmerman Telegram

Barbara W. Tuchman.
 
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Twice winning the Pulitzer Prize, for The Guns of August and Stilwell and the American ...(Read More)

 
 

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