In a little over two weeks, the first of several new intelligence-related books will be published, starting with this highly anticipated one by @SethGJones. amazon.com/Covert-Action-…
Followed by the always excellent Ben Macintyre on the Gordievsky case. amazon.com/Spy-Traitor-Gr…
Then there’s an account of the relationship betweeen the late Jack Platt and Gennady Vasilenko (GTMONOLITE). amazon.com/Best-Enemies-L…
And a long-awaited account of Bill Buckley. amazon.com/Beirut-Rules-S…
And an account of Freddie Woodruff. amazon.com/Spy-Who-Left-B…
And one by @gregpmiller that I’m really looking forward to. amazon.com/dp/0062803700/…
And let’s not forget... amazon.com/Spy-Moscow-Sta…
This one looks like it might be interesting. But only if the author is neutral and doesn’t have an agenda. amazon.com/dp/1501730657/…
And the long-awaited book by @nadabakos. amazon.com/dp/0316260479/…
And one by the son of the famous U-2 pilot. amazon.com/dp/1633884686/…
And one by Michael McGowan, former FBI special agent and UCA. amazon.com/dp/1250136652/…
And one by husband and wife Tony and Jonna Mendez. amazon.com/dp/1541762193/…
And Eric O’Neill’s account of his role in the hunt for traitor Robert Hanssen. amazon.com/dp/0525573526/…
And a gem by spycraft guru Keith Melton and former KGB Lt. Col. Vladimir Alekseenko. amazon.com/dp/076435616X/…
And reading about Philby, Burgess, Maclean, Blunt et al. never gets old. amazon.com/dp/0008300836/…
And John Carlin’s (with @vermontgmg) book on cyber. amazon.com/dp/1541773837/…
I can’t believe I missed Christopher Andrew’s latest. amazon.com/dp/0300238444/…
Of course, close observers will note that David Martin’s classic “Wilderness of Mirrors” was recently re-issued in paperback. And a Kindle version will be available for the first time in a couple of weeks. amazon.com/dp/B077357D86/…
I just purchased and downloaded the Kindle version. It should be excellent reading material while riding out Tropical Storm Olivia.
This should be read in conjunction with the following book, a great non-fiction account of the Kuklinski case. amazon.com/Secret-Life-Of…
Stephen Budiansky‘s review in @WSJ. wsj.com/articles/the-s…
I’m reading the book and I just realized that the “Traitor” in the title refers to Aldrich Ames.
Kai Bird, who wrote “The Good Spy,” his masterful biography of legendary CIA officer Bob Ames, reviews “The Apprentice” by @gregpmiller in the @washingtonpost. He calls it a “damn good” book. washingtonpost.com/outlook/a-comp…
In the preface to the 2018 edition, Martin confirms what anyone who read the book saw was obvious: The late Ed Petty of CIA’s Counterintelligence Staff was Martin’s “most important source.”
Also published this week. amazon.com/dp/1250207738/…
Dorothy Gallagher’s review in @nytimesbooks. nyti.ms/2NVghrM
My quick take after reading the book: brilliant, witty, a great read, etc. As an aside, I’m sure Macintyre has a good reason for not once, as far as I can see, mentioning the name Sir John Scarlett anywhere in the book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Scar…
I just started reading this one. It’s pretty interesting so far. Note that an excerpt appeared recently in @WIRED. wired.com/story/us-china…
And the list keeps growing. amazon.com/dp/1626166803/…
Two reviews in The Times (UK). thetimes.co.uk/article/review…
Another book for CI mavens to keep an eye out for. amazon.com/dp/1626166803/…
"Political Influence Operations: How Foreign Actors Seek to Shape U.S. Policy Making" by Darren Tromblay. amazon.com/Political-Infl…
Tromblay has an article that was adapted from the book in the latest issue of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.10…
No description is available yet, but hopefully this book will do justice to both the Berlin Tunnel and the Vienna landline tap operations. amazon.com/dp/B071ZYX5DJ/…
This is another pricey specialty book, but intelligence analysts might find it valuable. amazon.com/dp/1506397131/…
Adam LeBor’s review in this Sunday’s NYT Book Review. nyti.ms/2Dpc6Ow
I’m not sure @adamlebor and I read the same book. I found it chock-full of errors, undoubtedly due to the authors’ unfamiliarity with the subject matter.
While the importance of the story in the bigger picture is exaggerated, it is an interesting one in the context of the Cold War. Bearden and Risen gave the basics in “The Main Enemy,” so a fuller portrait is a useful addition to the literature...except for those freakin errors!
From the review: “...Jack Platt, a maverick C.I.A. agent [sic]...”

This the 23,372,129th time the terms “officer” and “agent” have been misused.

Penalty vodka shot for someone!
One by @intelhistorian coming out next year. amazon.com/dp/150173959X/…
Douglas Waller, author of the excellent “Disciples,” has a new intelligence book coming out next year. amazon.com/dp/1501126849/…
And this forthcoming book on Australian intelligence should help fill a noticeable gap in the historical literature. amazon.com/dp/1760631205/…
WWII is the gift that keeps on giving. amazon.com/dp/1643130773/…
The only question is: Who will play Virginia Hall in the inevitable movie version? amazon.com/dp/073522529X/…
The @SecretService vs. the Klan: counterterrorism during the Reconstruction Era. amazon.com/dp/1335006850/…
This looks very pricey for a book of 270 pages. Maybe that’s an error. Even if it’s not, though, I wonder if the story can even be told in that limited amount of space. amazon.com/dp/1440840423/…
Sorge was one of the greatest illegals. This promises to be a great addition to the record. amazon.com/dp/B07HY98PHT/…
Another CI door stopper. amazon.com/dp/1786606887/…
A new book on the very, very early days of Israeli intelligence. amazon.com/dp/1616207221/…
Same question as before: Who will play her in the movie version? amazon.com/dp/1501198653/…
Since @AmyZegart is a co-author, I might shell out the bucks for this one. amazon.com/dp/0815735472/…
This one also has Hollywood potential. amazon.com/dp/B0789KP775/…
An updated version of the Pham Xuan An story. I recommend you read this in conjunction with Larry Berman’s book “Perfect Spy.” amazon.com/dp/1625343655/…
Another updated version of a book out in paperback. amazon.com/dp/1600475418/…
“The author goes on to suggest that the damage the traitors inflicted was not as great as the media hype that has followed their legacy ever since.”

If that is indeed the case, it would be hard to take this book seriously.
“God's Spies: The Stasi’s Cold War Espionage Campaign Inside the Church” amazon.com/dp/0802875254/…
“Chinese Spies: From Chairman Mao to Xi Jinping” amazon.com/dp/1787380963/…
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