Zanzibar Revisited, Helen-Louise Hunter. A reconstruction of the events of the Zanzibar revolution of January 1964 shows particularly well the usefulness of going back for an unhurried reexamination of a crisis after all the returns are in: it reaches conclusions about both events and causes quite different from what was generally believed at the time...
Chinese Industry from the Air, Wm. B. Tomlinson. When the Great Leap Forward collapsed in 1961 a "cone of silence" descended over China. Mainland newspapers and magazines ceased to contain meaningful statistics on industrial activity in the country, radio broadcasts were emptied of all but propaganda, and travel by foreigners was largely restricted to tours of First Class Commune No. 1 and the Great Flood Control Dam of the Mangu. Even on purchases of plants and equipment from abroad there was often a costly forfeiture of associated guarantees because foreign technicians were not permitted to install them and the supplying countries were not even informed of their location. This almost complete blackout of information would have left the economic-industrial intelligence officer quite desperate had it not been for the arrival on the scene of daring Chinese Nationalist pilots flying used U-2 aircraft now withdrawn from their former duty over the steppes of the industrial giant to the north...
Moon Bounce Elint, Frank Eliot. The capability of enemy anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic-missile systems, naturally a matter of intense interest to us, depends in part on the capability of a number of sub-systems, one of the most important of which is the radars used for target acquisition and tracking. We need to know the parameters of these radars as accurately as possible in order to plan penetration strategy and design the most effective equipment for electronic countermeasures. A considerable amount of such information on a radar's capability can be derived from observations of the signals it transmits. This is the classical Elint problem, to deduce the configuration and characteristics of an unknown system from the measured characteristics. of its signals...
With Rod & Reel in Afghanistan, Lester M. Viniar. "Why don't you go fishing?" suggested the U.S. Army Attaché in Kabul. We considered his proposal, decided that it was a good one, and proceeded to take his advice...
SOE in France by M.R.D. Foot. Book revie by John A. Bross. These books both deal with the role of the British Special Operations Executive in resistance activities against the German occupation during World War II...
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