At Cold War's End. A Detection Case that Marked the Times, by John Telleray, with an introduction by Michael Sulick. In November 1989 the opening of the Berlin Wall heralded the end of the Soviet Union and the Cold War. Less well known is that this historic event also sparked the greatest wave of Soviet defectors in the history of the CIA and resulted in a windfall of intelligence on past and then on-going Soviet activities.
Some Far-out Thoughts on Computers by Orrin Clotworthy. This year marks a year-long recognition of the establishment of CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology. During this year, we will look for opportunities to highlight articles that reflect the state of science and technology at the time of the directorate’s creation.
What’s Next? Recent Works on Improving Intelligence Analysis
Sarah Beebe and Randolph Pherson, Cases in Intelligence Analysis: Structured Analytic Techniques in Action (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2012), 241 pp.
National Research Council, Baruch Fischhoff and Cherie Chauvin, eds., Intelligence Analysis: Behavioral and Social Scientific Foundations (Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2012), 350 pp.
Stephen Marrin, Improving Intelligence Analysis: Bridging the Gap Between Scholarship and Practice (London: Routledge Press, 2011), 192 pp.
Reviewed by Jason Manosevitz. Improving intelligence analysis has become something of a cottage industry during the past decade. The three books reviewed here cover the range of work by scholars and former intelligence officers offering ideas about how to do analysis better. The key questions to ask as this flood of books crests are: what value does each new work add, and does it focus on the right issues?
Historical Dictionary of Chinese Intelligence. I.C. Smith and Nigel West. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 359 pp., index. Reviewed by Peter Mattis. Inasmuch as the best analytic books on Chinese intelligence were written more than a decade ago, 1 and as concerns about Chinese intelligence activity aimed at the United States and other countries have grown with the exposure of a great many Chinese spies and the explosion of computer network exploitation attributed to the Chinese, any new, English-language production on the subject is of intense interest. Thus, the collaboration of former FBI counterintelligence specialist I.C. Smith and the prolific intelligence historian Nigel West in producing the Historical Dictionary of Chinese Intelligence would seem to be a welcome development. Unfortunately, the dictionary is incomplete, often misleading, and ultimately it provides a shaky foundation for building under-standing of the challenge.
The Emergency State: America’s Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs.
David C. Unger (New York: Penguin Press, 2012), 359 pp., bibliography, index.
Reviewed by Samuel Cooper-Wall. “Oceania was at war with Eastasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia,” the government of Big Brother assured its subjects. In truth, its allies and enemies were in a constant state of flux, but the dazed, gullible, and insufficiently educated public was incapable of knowing the difference.
The Tourist Trilogy: The New Genre?
Olen Steinhauer, An American Spy (New York: Minotaur, 2012), 386 pp.
———, The Tourist (New York: Minotaur, 2009), paperback, 408 pp.
———, The Nearest Exit (New York: Minotaur, 2010), paperback, 404 pp.
Reviewed by John Ehrman. A wise critic once observed that the worst thing that could happen to a rising rock musician was to be hailed as the next Bob Dylan. Almost invariably, the subjects of such praise soon fade into obscurity and the publicists begin hunting for the next prodigy/victim. So it is, too, in the world of espionage novels. Since the end of the Cold War, reviewers have searched for a new writer to inherit the mantles of Graham Greene, Len Deighton, and John le Carré as the new master of the espionage genre, and all have fallen short. (Has it been only four years since a Washington Post reviewer told us that Joseph Weisberg’s now-forgotten An Ordinary Spy “recalls Graham Greene”?) Now the critics have settled on a new candidate, Olen Steinhauer, who has completed three novels focusing on the next ostensible spy for our times, Milo Weaver. “Not since John Le Carré,” the New York Times declares, “has a writer so vividly evoked the multilayered, multifaceted, deeply paranoid world of espio-nage.” Great praise, indeed.