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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,
Paperback, 222 pages
Published March 2nd 2015 by Georgetown University Press (first published September 30th 1987)
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Alex Yalen
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spooks, nonfic
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
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Gary Willprecht
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting reading, as the author provides details of his own counterintelligence experience in the field.

He also gives insight into the type of people and equipment required to be successful in the intelligence gathering service. There are several great stories, some amusing, that point out how and how NOT to collect information.

Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spy
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.
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
The life of a CI officer is definitely hard. They need to keep track of so much!

This book, however, gave a very abstract/high-level view of the topic. Some portions have become obsolete by the march of time. Nevertheless, a good read.
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