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Spring 2013 Edition of Studies in Intelligence Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Noted Book Critic

Cover of the Spring 2013 Edition of Studies in Intelligence.With the publication of the spring 2013 Studies in Intelligence, the journal marks a singular anniversary—a decade of book reviews by Hayden Peake, the curator of the CIA’s Historical Intelligence Collection of Literature.

During the past 10 years, Peake—a retired officer of the Directorates of Operations (now the National Clandestine Service) and Science and Technology—has reviewed some 800 books on intelligence. Peake’s book reviews, as well as those by others in the Agency, Intelligence Community and academe are among the most frequently consulted portions of the journal.

This edition of the Studies in Intelligence included 18 new book reviews from Peake, five reviews by other authors and two articles.

  • Peake demonstrates his chronological and geographical range with reviews of books covering espionage from the 16th century under Queen Elizabeth I, through the American Civil War, and up to the present in places such as the United Kingdom, Israel, India and the United States.
  • Other reviewers look at a Japanese defense attachés Japanese-language memoir, the little-known President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and the origins of U.S. military intelligence during WWI.


2012 Awards to Authors

The spring issue of Studies also spotlights the winners of awards for articles and reviews published during 2012. Of note, the Walter Pforzheimer Award—a rare award for college students who have articles published in Studies of Intelligence—was given to a student author who wrote about the economic motives behind Operation TPAJAX.

Four other articles also were recognized with monetary awards, including an examination of Ernest Hemingway’s WW II attempt to do intelligence work; an essay on the fictional novels known as the “Tourist Trilogy”; a review of Thinking, Fast and Slow; and CIA Chief Historian David Robarge’s reviews of a recent book and documentary movie about the Glomar Explorer.

Posted: Jun 07, 2013 11:29 AM
Last Updated: Jun 20, 2013 02:56 PM