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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 This book is a history of intelligence work covering roughly 3000 years of human history It is a scholarly work 16% is notes references lightened with uick moving free flowing prose There is plenty of scope for further study encouraged by the excellent bibliography and there are lots of interesting facts and some entertaining uotes like this one “the most distrustful persons are the biggest dupes” I discovered that the history of intelligence is also a history of leakers of information important to governments and organizationsThe introduction and conclusion were especially fascinating because they relate many current events to the premise of the book and drive home the premise histories have been written without the inclusion of the key element of espionage and intelligence creating mistaken interpretations of historical events and that the lack of historical knowledge has caused mistaken interpretations of intelligenceThe author makes a clear case for the importance of intelligence both secret and that available from open sources for positive actors on the world stage to avoid conflicts and wars to win wars to build alliances to support allies to have clarity when making momentous decisions to undermine aggressors out to destabilize regions or countriesA group's use of intelligence for nefarious purposes is also presented in the book for the destruction of rivals for financial gain for a cliue for the acuisition of power and influence ultimately for the acuisition of financial gain and to enhance the egos and sense of security of deluded actors on the world stageThe chapters are historical divisions which are always a false form of organization in histories since real life has no smooth beginnings nor endings but instead tentacles that thread in and out of events spread out over time That means there is much overlap between the chaptersI'm a fan of history books but they can be mind numbingly monotonous just a long series of wars conflicts treaties royals ministers pretenders historical figures etc They are very difficult to write and it is very challenging to keep the reader's interest I've read great histories and not so great historical accounts This book falls mid range so my advice is take the reading slowly so as not to become overwhelmedSince the book clocks in at 960 pages it will take a while to get though it It is best if the reader has a sound founding in world history If not you can read up along the way but expect to be overwhelmed I started with the beginning and conclusion then hit then the eras of most interest to me after which I moved on to the other eras Some chapters I read diligently than others to be honestThe author points out along the way the most common reasons for intelligence community failures which is fascinating in itself not seeing things in historical context prejudice influencing interpretations underestimating opponents due to arrogance rivalry within the intel community hurting the sharing of knowledge relying on the various crackpots who seem to be attracted to espionage tailoring analyses to the powers that be's expectations overestimating the organization of enemies not considering enough the open versus authoritarian nature of an opponent's system and how it can affect intelligence letting myth and religion influence interpretations While reading

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The Secret WorldWorld 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 The Secret PDF of intelligence and security operations and capacity through amongst others Renaissance Venice I enjoyed The Secret World and I was disappointed The first thing you should know is this is a limited history The primary focus of the book is intelligence history from a European perspective to include the USA even though the book starts with the Ancient Near East using the Bible as the medium for conveying the oldest documented history of intelligence To be far there is some mention of Japan during the first and second World Wars as it relates to European Powers China is mentioned in the summary and only from the period of Mao and later If the intent is a world history starting with the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean and the Fertile Crescent then the rest of the Mesopotamian and Egyptian historical record should be used that has been translated since 1970 Ugaritic texts from Canaan Sumerian and Babylonian texts etc What is known from China and Japan should be includedIn the intelligence trade every analyst knows that intelligence needs context to be relevant This remains true when providing a history of intelligence If you aren't familiar with the historical events for which this history of intelligence uses as a backdrop the chapters become nothing but names and dates instead of an engaging historical narrativeUp through the invention of the telegraph there is a balanced discussion of intelligence activities from the use of spies sabotage cryptography etc But once the telegraph arrives on the scene most of the rest of the story is about SIGINT Albeit SIGINT is important it is not the end all beat all Nor is there much discussion of how SIGINT changed with the introduction of internet related communication technologiesSome good things about The Secret World It is a wonderful historical survey of intelligence agencies and events once again primarily European Each chapter is self contained and can for the most part be read independently from other chapters This allows the reader to reference specific periods of history to relate intelligence activities and events to other historical studies of the same time period Personally I think this is the best use of this bookThe chapters covering the 20th Century to current as they pertain to the coming to power of the former Soviet Union and the current Russian state are riveting There is much to learn and understand as it pertains today from what is written here about the fledgling Soviet State's intelligence infrastructure and the role it played in everything from State craft to isolating political opponentsMr Andrew's opinions on the short coming of the intelligence analyst approach to understanding intelligence and in many cases the total lack of how to utilize intelligence in Government executive branches are issues current and future administrations should understand in depth Western Governments suffer from short term viewpoints lacking the ability to understand historical context in today's events and as a result unable to develop sustainable coherent national strategies that look long termA long read cover to cover but if you are interesting in the history of intelligence or interested in the intelligence from a specific period then this is a recommended read The Secret World is well researched and annotated throughout giving the intelligence history buff a wealth of leads to detailed studies to follow up on

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The Secret World Book ☆ 600 pages Download Ò Helpyouantib Þ [Read] ➵ The Secret World Author Christopher M. Andrew – 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 firElizabethan 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 answe Notes2020 04 09 Added to TBR after notification from GR friend Jon Rupinski