Spycraft 101 Books

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Covert Arms

Weapons from the world of spycraft and espionage by Justin Black

The study of espionage is an endlessly fascinating subject. It’s a practice that is as old as human society, and how it is conducted reveals much about the nations, agencies, and people that are involved.

One of the darkest sides of espionage is covert action. Oftentimes an agency or government isn’t content to merely observe and report on international developments; they also want to steer those developments in a manner that benefits them, to the detriment of their target. Because of the covert nature of these activities, many intelligence agencies have developed unique and fiendish weapons that can either kill silently, or be disguised as an innocuous item, or both. This type of covert action has been described differently by those who use it. The Russians call it mokroye delo, or “wet work”. The CIA at one point used the euphemism “terminate with extreme prejudice”. But whatever it’s called, the act of covert assassinations has been used extensively throughout history.

Collected here are dozens of the fascinating weapons used in clandestine operations, along with the history of their development, deployment, and use in real world operations, where such information has come to light. Some of these designs were built and tested but found to be insufficient for operational use, while others were used all over the world to great, and terrible, effect, and became mainstays of covert operations within their respective organizations.

spy shots: volume one

101 true tales from the world of espionage by Justin Black

Since the dawn of civilization, spies of every nation and culture have worked to infiltrate their adversaries and find the hidden information that will give their side the advantage. Spies and spying have been called the world’s second oldest profession.

Collected here are 101 true tales from the world of espionage. They cover the unique tools and gadgets ubiquitous to the spy trade, and the daring operations that turn the tides of war or, alternatively, peace. They also cover the incredible men and women that have demonstrated equal measures of courage and cunning in the performance of their duties; shown undying loyalty in the face of hopelessness, or unimaginable treachery to their homeland and people.

Above all, spycraft and espionage reveal the heights and depths of the human experience, as these 101 stories will undoubtedly reveal. Welcome to your clandestine classroom.

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