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Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad: How to Be a Counterintelligence Officer

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"A Classic in Counterintelligence -- Now Back in Print"

Originally published in 1987, "Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad" is a unique primer that teaches the principles, strategy, and tradecraft of counterintelligence (CI). CI is often misunderstood and narrowly equated with security and catching spies, which are only part of the picture. As William R. Johnson explains,
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Paperback, 222 pages
Published January 10th 2009 by Georgetown University Press (first published September 30th 1987)
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Alex Yalen
I don't think this book would be good for a general reader. But if you are specifically and intensely interested in how espionage happens day-to-day, month-to-month, and also what kind of people get involved in the work, then I think this is damn near indispensable literature. Yes, he writes about some practices that are dated -- most obvious when he talks about files and filing systems -- but the larger point he's making there is still critical, which is that you're only as good as how well you ...more
Holly
this is not a book for the type that read tom Clancy or a James bond book. this is real, although dated, information on how CI operates. and of course it would be dated... all the current stuff is classified. great book and I'd recommend it to the intelligence types out there.
Sheldon
Jan 16, 2014 Sheldon rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Not sure I've read a book quite like this one before, very specific on tradecraft of CI. The stories are interesting and the details of the tradecraft of a CI officer is equally intriguing. Definitely a good read for those that love real spy stories and the game that is intelligence.
Patrick
Best book I've read on a topic rarely written about in non-fiction. Non-practitioners would find the "tradecraft" lessons interesting. Lays out the cat-and-mouse nature of spy games. Well written. A good companion to two very different book on counterintelligence and terrorism, Blake Mobley's "Terrorism and Counterintelligence: How Terrorist Groups Elude Detection" and Jacob N. Shapiro's "The Terrorist's Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations." More nuts and bolts in Johnson's book than ...more
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