The Secret World



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 world 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 of intelligence and security operations and capacity through, amongst others, Renaissance Venice, Elizabethan 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 answers. Free Download Books The Secret World Author Christopher M. Andrew – mauritiusholidayvillas.co.ukThe Secret World

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  • Paperback
  • 600 pages
  • The Secret World
  • Christopher M. Andrew
  • 15 May 2018
  • 0140285326

10 thoughts on “The Secret World

  1. says:

    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 quick 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 quotes, 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 info 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 quick 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 quote...

  2. says:

    I came to this book, less from an deep interest in codebreaking or espionage, butbecause it falls into my favourite genre Histories of the World From some Interesting Perspective And of course, intelligence as a human endeavour is very interesting.This is a long book On the spectrum from shallow pop histories to dense dry names n dates, this lies closer to the latter than my usual fare But don t let that put you off this is a thoroughly entertaining list of names and dates And note I came to this book, less from an deep interest in codebreaking or espionage, butbecause it falls into my favourite genre Histories of the World From some Interesting Perspective And of course, intelligence as a human endeavour is very interesting.This is a long book On the spectrum from shallow pop histories to dense dry names n dates, this lies closer to the latter than my usual fare But don t let that put you off this is a thoroughly entertaining list of names and dates And note that this book seems designed to allow you to consume its chapters independently, if there are some eras that interest youSometimes I did get the feeling that it was moving too fast despite its depth there is of course a lot of history here to cover As such the book isinterested in covering the territory in detail rather than trying to reveal grand themes and argue theses with the notable exception ...

  3. says:

    This is an ambitious and engrossing book, covering a large swathe of intelligence in human history It is wonderful for really digging into the role intelligence has played as part of larger contexts of human warfare and diplomacy.It is not perfect, however Barring a quick hop to Sun Tzu and to India in one of its opening chapters, and a review of Communist China in the conclusion, this book is predominantly focused on the Western World largely France, US, Russia, UK and Germany It misses opp This is an ambitious and engrossing book, covering a large swathe of intelligence in human history It is wonderful for really digging into the role intelligence has played as part of larger contexts of human warfare and diplomacy.It is not perfect, however Barring a quick hop to Sun Tzu and to India in one of its opening chapters, and a review of Communist China in the conclusion, this book is predominantly focused on the Western World largely France, US, Russia, UK and Germany It misses opportunities to look at other areas of the world, Africa barely figures nor does South East Asia or South America beyond the involvement of the big five Perhaps simply acknowledgments at the difficulty of finding sources in these regions would be enough Equally, it misses out on some prime opportunities in the areas it covers For instance, the fifth column was a term coined in the Spanish Civil War, yet the wa...

  4. says:

    For those of you who may not know, Professor Andrew is one of if not the leading authorities in intelligence history, and I ve been reading his work since I was a baby undergrad who didn t know the difference between deception and denial The fact that I have the opportunity to read this book published September 2018, you can preorder here just made my week.As you can tell, this is going to be a sterling review And, honestly it would have to have been a truly atrocious book for me to have For those of you who may not know, Professor Andrew is one of if not the leading authorities in intelligence history, and I ve been reading his work since I was a baby undergrad who didn t know the difference between deception and denial The fact that I have the opportunity to read this book published September 2018, you can preorder here just made my week.As you can tell, this is going to be a sterling review And, honestly it would have to have been a truly atrocious book for me to have been unhappy while reading it Does that make my review biased ln one sense, probably On the other hand, having read Professor Andrew s work in the past and having studied intelligence for near on a decade myself, I am perhaps uniquely placed to critique such books Take it how you will.This book was an awesome read And I mean, awesome lntelligence history, despite what some may think or believe, is often stranger than fiction Professor Andrew has condensed an amazing amount of information into thi...

  5. says:

    This was a very, very detailed account of the history of intelligence that lacked a coherent narrative and had a lot of snippets of facts vaguely strung together by chronological order.Overall, I would say that unless one has a very good understanding of military history spanning from practically the beginning of man to about a decade ago, then you re going to end up quite lost, or at least Googling lots of things for clarification, which can be fun if you know that s what you re in for Places, This was a very, very detailed account of the history of intelligence that lacked a coherent narrative and had a lot of snippets of facts vaguely strung together by chronological order.Overall, I would say that unless one has a very good understanding of military history spanning from practically the beginning of man to about a decade ago, then you re going to end up quite lost, or at least Googling lots of things for clarification, which can be fun if you know that s what you re in for Places, names, events randomly pop up and a note about their spying or ability to gather intelligence is briefly mentioned before quickly moving onto the next place, person or random moment in time There were many times that I had to go back to see if I had skipped some transition in the text to see if the book had moved on to a different time period as random facts from different periods were introduced in ...

  6. says:

    Summary Statement This work is a huge contribution to the history of intelligence But this book is not to be read by the faint hearted It is clearly a labor of love to write, and for me it was a labor of love to read But I am glad I did For intellectual depth and detail this is a 5 star book For the issues sited below e.g Euro American centric, not enough summary compared with details , I will give it an overall rating of 4.5 Review Twenty first century intelligence suffers from long te Summary Statement This work is a huge contribution to the history of intelligence But this book is not to be read by the faint hearted It is clearly a labor of love to write, and for me it was a labor of love to read But I am glad I did For intellectual depth and detail this is a 5 star book For the issues sited below e.g Euro American centric, not enough summary compared with details , I will give it an overall rating of 4.5 Review Twenty first century intelligence suffers from long term historical amnesia Early in the Cold War, the historical Sherman Kent, founding father of US intelligence analysis, complained that intelligence was the only profession without a serious literature From my point of view, this is a matter of greatest importance As long as this discipline lacks a literature, its methods, its vocabulary, its body of doctrine, and even its fundamental theory run the risk of never reaching full maturity Kent, The Need for Intelligence...

  7. says:

    By far the most interesting book I have read this year I borrowed it from the library and I only had 2 weeks to read such a massive text so I finished it in audiobook form This book is better read than heard, I found myself trailing off in the audiobook the narrator was a little monotone It is such a great encycl...

  8. says:

    Very good and yet This is excellent book about the history of intelligence It is a pleasure to read Nevertheless, there are some greeting issues the author is very fond of phrases like this is the first or only time such and such has happened When this is repeated time and again in every chapter, it becomes a little boring.Second, the author relies heavily on European history and that of the United States Surely, intelligence has a history outside Europe, for instance Japan and China Very good and yet This is excellent book about the history of intelligence It is a pleasure to read Nevertheless, there are some greeting issues the author is very fond of phrases like this is the first or only time such and such has happened When this is repeated time and again in every chapter, it becomes a little boring.Second, the author relies heavily on European history and t...

  9. says:

    The biggest challenge of this book is getting through the first 150 or so pages without mothballing it This is the first comprehensive history of the the work of secret intelligence to be written and it suffers a little from the nature of the task that Christopher Andrew has set himself What do we know about secret intelligence in the three millennia preceding the Reformation The answer, is not a huge amount, and such intelligence that did exist is not that interesting So having got through The biggest challenge of this book is getting through the first 150 or so pages without mothballing it This is the first comprehensive history of the the work of secret intelligence to be written and it suffers a little from the nature of the task that Christopher Andrew has set himself What do we know about secret intelligence in the three mill...

  10. says:

    A master work from the acknowledged expert on intelligence history Christopher Andrew s four main themes are The neglect of the role of espionage, counter intelligence and especially signals intelligence by historians and international relations academics The short term non historical outlook of decision makers and analysts The reluctance of intelligence advisors, especially in oppressive regimes, to speak truth to power and The focus of intelligence agencies serving such regimes on p A master work from the acknowledged expert on intelligence history Christopher Andrew s four main themes are The neglect of the role of espionage, counter intelligence and especially signals intelligence by historians and international relations academics The short term non historical outlook of decision makers and analysts The reluctance of intelligence advisors, especially in oppressive regimes, to speak truth to power and The focus of intelligence agencies serving such regimes on perceived political challenges at home and abroad to the regime s survival rather than threats from other states.He demonstrates these themes through his survey of intelligence from Moses to today s international terrorism, dealing with Tudor England, the Congress of Vienna, the Fashoda Incident, the Dreyfus Affair and much else on the way Despite the length of the book, this inevitably leads to a helicopter view of some historical intelligence episo...

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