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The Secret World
The Secret World | Christopher Andrew
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The history of espionage is far older than any of today's intelligence agencies, yet the long history of intelligence operations has been largely forgotten. The first mention of espionage in world literature is in the Book of Exodus.'God sent out spies into the land of Canaan'. From there, Christopher Andrew traces the shift in the ancient world from divination to what we would recognize as attempts to gather real intelligence in the conduct of military operations, and considers how far ahead of the West - at that time - China and India were. He charts the development of intelligence and security operations and capacity through, amongst others, Renaissance Venice, Elizabethan England, Revolutionary America, Napoleonic France, right up to sophisticated modern activities of which he is the world's best-informed interpreter. What difference have security and intelligence operations made to course of history? Why have they so often forgotten by later practitioners? This fascinating book provides the answers.
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Eyejaybee
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A fascinating and exhaustive history of intelligence and counter-intelligence, stretching from ancient Egypt under the Pharaohs right up to WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden. See my Goodreads review at; https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3002125600. #book #books #christopherandrew #bookstagram #bookphotography #bookish #bookcommunity #nonfiction #dauntbooks #espionage #intelligence #counterintelligence #MI5 #MI6 #history #diplomacy #militaryhistory

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Oblomov26
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If you are interested in the world of intelligence this book is a fantastic starting point. Starting with the bible and ancient Egypt and ending at the present day the author provides a comprehensive history of the intelligence world, which as he points out is one of the failing of the intelligence community; the ability to forget both past successes and failing, with the same learning being repeatedly learnt and then forgotten.