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

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If the experts could point to any single book as a source for understanding twentieth-century intelligence, that book would be Allen W. Dulles's The Craft of Intelligence. This classic of spycraft is based on Dulles's incomparable experience as a diplomat, international lawyer, and America's premier intelligence officer. Dulles was a high-ranking officer of the CIA's predecessor - the Office of Strategic Services - and served eight years as director of the newly created CIA.

In The Craft of Intelligence, Dulles reveals how intelligence is collected and processed, and how the results contribute to the formation of national policy. He discusses methods of surveillance and the usefulness of defectors from hostile nations. His knowledge of Cold War Soviet espionage techniques is unrivaled, and he explains how the Soviet State Security Service recruited operatives and planted "illegals" in foreign countries.

In an account enlivened with a wealth of personal anecdotes, 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. 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.
This is a book for readers who seek wider understanding of the contribution of intelligence to our national security.

Book News Annotation:

A significant figure in the history of American intelligence, Dulles (1893-1969) served under eight U.S. presidents. He was the first civilian director of the CIA and the longest serving director of the agency, resigning from his position after the failed invasion of the Bay of Pigs. Dulles' text offers general readers insights into how intelligence is collected, processed, and utilized in the formation of national policy, including methods of surveillance and the use of defectors from hostile nations. Originally published in 1963, the text offers an in-depth look at espionage techniques during the Cold War era and the Bay of Pigs incident. Originally published in June, 1963 by Harper & Row. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Americas legendary spy master on the fundamentals of intelligence gathering

Synopsis:

If the experts could point to any single book as a source for understanding twentieth-century intelligence, that book would be Allen W. Dulles's The Craft of Intelligence. This classic of spycraft is based on Dulles's incomparable experience as a diplomat, international lawyer, and America's premier intelligence officer. Dulles was a high-ranking officer of the CIA's predecessor - the Office of Strategic Services - and served eight years as director of the newly created CIA.

In The Craft of Intelligence, Dulles reveals how intelligence is collected and processed, and how the results contribute to the formation of national policy. He discusses methods of surveillance and the usefulness of defectors from hostile nations. His knowledge of Cold War Soviet espionage techniques is unrivaled, and he explains how the Soviet State Security Service recruited operatives and planted "illegals" in foreign countries.

In an account enlivened with a wealth of personal anecdotes, 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. 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.
This is a book for readers who seek wider understanding of the contribution of intelligence to our national security.

About the Author

Allen W. Dulles, one of the most important figures in the history of American intelligence, served under eight U.S. presidents, from Woodrow Wilson to John F. Kennedy. He served presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1953 to 1961. When he died in 1969, President Nixon remarked, " . . . in the nature of his task, his achievements were known to only a few."

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

1 A Personal Note 1

2 The Historical Setting 9

3 The Evolution of American Intelligence 29

4 The Intelligence Requirements of a Free Society 48

5 The Task of Collection 55

6 Collection-When the Machine Takes Over 65

7 Planning and Guidance 80

8 The Main Opponent-Communist Intelligence Services 85

9 Counterintelligence 121

10 Volunteers 134

11 Confusing the Adversary 145

12 How Intelligence is Put to Use 154

13 The Man on the Job 171

14 Myths, Mishaps, and Mischief-Makers 188

15 The Role of Intelligence in the Cold War 220

16 Security in a Free Society 237

17

f0The Intelligence Service and Our Freedoms 256

Bibliography 265

Index 269

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592282975
Author:
Dulles, Allen Welsh
Publisher:
Globe Pequot Press
Author:
Dulles, Allen W.
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Spies
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Intelligence
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Number:
First edition
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page bandw insert
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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If the experts could point to any single book as a source for understanding twentieth-century intelligence, that book would be Allen W. Dulles's The Craft of Intelligence. This classic of spycraft is based on Dulles's incomparable experience as a diplomat, international lawyer, and America's premier intelligence officer. Dulles was a high-ranking officer of the CIA's predecessor - the Office of Strategic Services - and served eight years as director of the newly created CIA.

In The Craft of Intelligence, Dulles reveals how intelligence is collected and processed, and how the results contribute to the formation of national policy. He discusses methods of surveillance and the usefulness of defectors from hostile nations. His knowledge of Cold War Soviet espionage techniques is unrivaled, and he explains how the Soviet State Security Service recruited operatives and planted "illegals" in foreign countries.

In an account enlivened with a wealth of personal anecdotes, 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. 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.
This is a book for readers who seek wider understanding of the contribution of intelligence to our national security.

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