By Allen W. Dulles
If the specialists may possibly element to any unmarried publication as a place to begin for realizing the topic of intelligence from the past due 20th century to at the present time, that unmarried booklet will be Allen W. Dulles's The Craft of Intelligence. This vintage of spycraft is predicated on Allen Dulles's incomparable event as a diplomat, foreign legal professional, and America's most advantageous intelligence officer. Dulles was once a high-ranking officer of the CIA's predecessor-the place of work of Strategic Services-and was once current on the inception of the CIA, the place he served 8 of his ten years there as director. the following he sums up what he realized approximately intelligence from approximately a half-century of expertise in international affairs. In international conflict II his OSS brokers penetrated the German international workplace, labored with the anti-Nazi underground resistance, and tested contacts that led to the Nazi army hand over in North Italy. lower than his course the CIA built either a devoted corps of experts and an entire diversity of latest intelligence units, from the U-2 high-altitude photographic airplane to minute digital listening and transmitting apparatus. Dulles unearths a lot approximately how intelligence is accumulated and processed, and the way the ensuing estimates give a contribution to the formation of nationwide coverage. He discusses tools of surveillance, and the usefulness of defectors from opposed countries. His wisdom of Soviet espionage ideas is unmatched, and he explains how the Soviet kingdom protection provider recruited operatives and planted "illegals" in overseas international locations. He spells out not just the recommendations of recent espionage but additionally the philosophy and function of intelligence in a loose society threatened through international conspiracies. Dulles additionally addresses the Bay of Pigs incident, denying that the 1961 invasion used to be according to a CIA estimate well known Cuban rebellion may occur. This account is enlivened with a wealth of private anecdotes. it's a booklet for readers who search wider figuring out of the contribution of intelligence to our nationwide defense.