The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda
Robert Wallace - H. Keith Melton - Henry R. Schlesinger
Dutton Adult, 576 pagine, 29,95$
riporti in bibliografia il sito di Peter McCollum U.S. Clandestine Radio Equipment. McCollum ha collaborato alla realizzazione di un'opera molto particolare sulla storia dell'equipaggiamento radio dell'Esercito britannico, Wireless for The Warrior. Il riferimento di queste fonti alla stesura di Spycraft, "armamentario delle spie" potremmo tradurre, ci dice che la lettura del volume può interessare molto l'appassionato di storia della radio. Questa è la presentazione di Spycraft dal sito Penguin:
From two men who know better than anyone how espionage really works, an unprecedented history—heavily illustrated with neverbefore- seen images—of the CIA’s most secretive operations and the gadgets that made them possible.Il secondo volume di cui volevo parlarvi lo ha segnalato Amazon quando ho fatto le mie ricerche sul primo. Sono quindi andato a spulciare la scheda che il sito della Cambridge University Press ha dedicato a:
It is a world where the intrigue of reality exceeds that of fiction. What is an invisible photo used for? What does it take to build a quiet helicopter? How does one embed a listening device in a cat? If these sound like challenges for Q, James Bond’s fictional gadget-master, think again. They’re all real-life devices created by the CIA’s Office of Technical Service—an ultrasecretive department that combines the marvels of state-of-the-art technology with the time-proven traditions of classic espionage. And now, in the first book ever written about this office, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to take readers into the laboratory of espionage.
Spycraft tells amazing life and death stories about this littleknown group, much of it never before revealed. Against the backdrop of some of America’s most critical periods in recent history—including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the war on terror—the authors show the real technical and human story of how the CIA carries out its missions.
Seduced by Secrets - Inside the Stasi's Spy-Tech World
Michigan State University and Harvard University, Massachusetts
Hardback (ISBN-13: 9780521887472)
Cambridge University Press, 392 pagine, 19,90£/28,00$ (uscita in Europa giugno 2008, uscito in USA in marzo)
Questo è il risvolto di copertina del volume, estratto dallo stesso sito (che propone anche un ampio estratto con l'introduzione e un piccolo esempio di un capitolo):
More fascinating than fiction, Seduced by Secrets takes the reader inside the real world of one of the most effective and feared spy agencies in history. The book reveals, for the first time, the secret technical methods and sources of the Stasi (East German Ministry for State Security) as it stole secrets from abroad and developed gadgets at home, employing universal, highly guarded techniques often used by other spy and security agencies.L'autrice di Seduced by Secrets è una storica della scienza e anche questo background suggerisce l'uso di un approccio inedito alle vicende della centrale spionistica più oscura e paranoica della storia del blocco orientale.
Seduced by Secrets draws on secret files from the Stasi archives, including CIA-acquired material, interviews and friendships, court documents, and unusual visits to spy sites, including “breaking into” a prison, to demonstrate that the Stasi overestimated the power of secrets to solve problems and created an insular spy culture more intent on securing its power than protecting national security. It re-creates the Stasi’s secret world of technology through biographies of agents, defectors, and officers and by visualizing James Bond–like techniques and gadgets.
In this highly original book, Kristie Macrakis adds a new dimension to our understanding of the East German Ministry for State Security by bringing the topic into the realm of espionage history and exiting politically charged commentary.
Kristie Macrakis is a professor of the history of science at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard University in 1989 and then spent a postdoctoral year in Berlin, Germany. She is the author of numerous books and articles on science and politics in modern Germany, including Surviving the Swastika (1993) and Science under Socialism (1999). She has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Humboldt Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.