Some twenty-five years after its conclusion, yet with its echoes resonating once more in contemporary East-West relations, the rigors and detail of many aspects of the Cold War are becoming increasingly of interest. Furthermore, at the very same time many of the records of the period are beginning to become accessible for the first time. At the forefront of this unique conflict, that divided the world into two opposing camps for over four decades, were the security services and the agents of these secretive organisations.
'The Cold War Pocket Manual' presents a meticulously compiled selection of recently unclassified documents, field-manuals, briefing directives and intelligence primers that uncover the training and techniques required to function as a spy in the darkest periods of modern history. Material has been researched from the CIA, MI5 and MI6, the KGB, the STASI as well as from the Middle East security services and on into China and the East. As insightful as any drama these documents detail, amongst many other things, the directives that informed nuclear espionage, assassinations, interrogations and the turning of agents and impacted upon the Suez Crisis, the Hungarian Uprising, the Cambridge Five and the most tellingly the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
Full introduction and commentary provided by leading historian and former diplomat Philip Parker. Complete with a catalogue of, and often instructions for, genuine espionage devices including lock decoders, bugging equipment, a 4.5mm single-shot lipstick gun, microfilm concealing coins and cameras mounted in clothing or pens and shoe-concealed tracking devices. Presents for the first time the insightful documents, many of which inspired Cold War novelists including John Le Carre, Len Deighton and Ian Fleming, and many of which they would never have seen.
About the Author
Philip Parker was born in 1965 and is a former diplomat having studied History at Cambridge and International Relations at Johns Hopkins University's Bologna Center. He has written widely on the worlds of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages and contributed reviews and articles to The Literary Review, The Financial Times and BBC History Magazine. His latest book, the Sunday Times best-seller The Northmen's Fury, is an in-depth and fascinating reappraisal of the Viking world, which ranges from the steppes of Russia, through the Scandinavian heartland, to the furthest flung Norse settlement in Newfoundland.
Philip lives in London.
I have read many books about espionage but this book is different from most other spy books. The inclusion of directives and manuals form various intelligence sources is why The Cold War Spy Pocket Manual is an interesting, informative, and entertaining book. -- Ary Boender UDXF 04/12/2015