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Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A thoroughly updated revision of the first comprehensive overview of intelligence designed for both the student and the general reader, Silent Warfare is an insider’s guide to a shadowy, often misunderstood world. Leading intelligence scholars Abram N. Shulsky and Gary J. Schmitt clearly explain such topics as the principles of collection, analysis, counterintelligence, an ...more
Paperback, 3rd Edition, 262 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Potomac Books (first published June 1st 1991)
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Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-books
This is a good textbook for the intel professional. It's not an "entertainment" book. It's raw information for the "need to know" user. It is worth your time to read if you are a student of intel.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I got interested in intelligence while visiting the sites of D-Day. What a fascinating history! During WWII, the British had the XX-System and with their "disinformation" broadcasts, they undermined the Abwehr (the German secret service) from the inside. Thus, the Germans were convinced the Allied would attack from Calais and that Normandy was "just" a diversion.

However, after having read this book, I discovered that the XX-System was perhaps the last success of British intelligence. Even if I w
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Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Academic and informative. I greatly struggled to get through this one. The authors' style and knowledge of intelligence are both impressive. And, yet, it is easy to get lost in detail or the philosophical discussions brought forth in the writing.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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An academic primer on intelligence (as in cloak and dagger, not IQ). It's fairly brief and the prose is dry; if you're expecting thrilling spy anecdotes, you want a different book. The overview of concepts and philosophical approaches is useful, but be aware that the book is notably West-centric in general and USA-centric in particular. In part this is probably due to accessibility of information, but a great deal of space is devoted to organizational and policy issues peculiar to the USA, so if ...more
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Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
The book is a good, comprehensive primer on a widely misunderstood part of statecraft. It's geared more towards policymakers and academics and not the general readership; the language is dry and the text becomes too tedious at times. If you're looking for a riveting book on espionage with anecdotes and amusing tales, this isn't it.
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
An indispensable addition to the library of anyone interested in intelligence. It is concise enough to be enjoyed by casual readers but retains academic authority. Silent Warfare starts out slow but is rewarding for those who have the patience for it.

Don't skip the end notes! (It nearly comprises a quarter of the book)
Ryan Washington
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OK so far.
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
School is the only reason I read this dry shit.
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Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, own
after reading "intelligence: from secrets to policy" , this book was dry, boring, and did little more than define very common terms like "covert action".
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