Intelligence Studies

Volume 65, No. 2 (June 2021)

Unclassified extracts from Studies in Intelligence 65, no. 2 (June 2021)

Intelligence in Public Media

Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies at Home and Abroad Reviewed by Thomas G. Coffey

Becoming Kim Jong Un: A Former CIA Officer’s Insights into North Korea’s Engimatic Young Dictator Reviewed by Joseph W. Gartin

The Hardest Place: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley Reviewed by Leslie C.

After the Wars: International Lessons From the U.S. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Reviewed by James H.

Anti-American Terrorism: From Eisenhower to Trump— A Chronicle of the Threat and Response, Volume II, The Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations Reviewed by David B.

The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family and Patriotism in the Battle Against ISIS Reviewed by Graham Alexander

Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs Reviewed by Steven D.

War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East Reviewed by Brent M. Geary

The Nazi Spy Ring In America: Hitler’s Agents, the FBI, & the Case That Stirred the Nation Reviewed by David A. Welker

Spycraft (Netflix documentary series) Reviewed by Brent M. Geary and David Welker

Nos chers espions en Afrique (Our Dear Spies in Africa) Reviewed by William Brooke Stallsmith

Spying for Wellington: British Military Intelligence in the Peninsular War Reviewed by George P. Lewis

Veritas: A Harvard Professor, A Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife Reviewed by J. E. Leonardson

Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning Reviewed by J. E. Leonardson

The Lockhart Plot: Love, Betrayal, Assassination and Counter-Revolution in Lenin’s Russia Reviewed by J. E. Leonardson

The Secrets We Kept (A Novel) Reviewed by J. E. Leonardson


Dr. Bianca Adair is CIA Resident Intelligence Officer at the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas in Austin.

Graham Alexander is the pen name of a Directorate of Operations officer currently assigned to the Lessons Learned Program of the Center for the Study of Intelligence.

David B. is a CIA targeting officer. His work focuses on terrorism, counterterrorism, and national security issues.

Leslie C. is a CIA Directorate of Operations officer who has served in Afghanistan.

Thomas G. Coffey is a member of the Lessons Learned Program of the Center for the Study of Intelligence.

Steven D. is an officer in CIA’s Directorate of Operations. Joseph W. Gartin retired from CIA as its chief learning offficer. He recently joined the Studies Editorial Team.

James H. is a CIA Directorate of Operations officer.

Brent M. Geary is a member of CIA’s History Staff.

E. Leonardson is the pen name of an analyst in the CIA’s Directorate of Analysis.

George P. Lewis is the pen name of an officer in CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology.

William Brooke Stallsmith is a contract analyst on the Lessons Learned Program of the Center for the Study of Intelligence.

Steve Usdin is an independent scholar based in Washington, DC. He is the author of two books about intelligence history, Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley (Yale, 2008) and Bureau of Spies: The Secret Connections Between Espionage and Journalism in Washington (Prometheus 2018).

David A. Welker is a member of CIA’s History Staff.


Editor’s Note: With deep sadness I must note the passing during the past 12 months of four especially notable contributors to this journal.

Robert Kehoe, a veteran of OSS and long-time training officer at CIA died in late August 2020. Kehoe had contributed recollections of his years as a participant in the OSS Jeburgh program in Europe. In 2017 Studies published his recollections of the culture shock of transferring from Europe to China in early 1945 to carry out OSS advisory functions there.

Clayton Laurie, a former military historian with the Department of the Army and CIA staff historian, suffered a fatal heart attack in February 2021. He had retired in 2018 after a productive decade of producing internal histories and many contributions to Studies. His work for Studies included book reivews and an unclassified, annotated anthology of Studies in Intelligence material on the wars in Southeast Asia (1947-75).

James Burridge, a serving member of the Intelligence Community for more than 50 years died after a fall in May 2021. Jim had been working as a contract historian for CIA’s History Staff. His career in a multitude ofIC functions made him a particular asset for the History Staff and for Studies in Intelligence for which he wrote articles and many book (both fiction and nonfiction) and film reviews.

Bob Bergin passed away in early June 2021, the victim of a serious undiagnosed cancer. After he retired from government service in 1987 he pursued a lifelong interest in Asia, where he had previously served. Much of that interest found its way into the pages of Studies over the years. He wrote about aviation history in China, especially its response to US reconnaissance overflights during the Cold War, insurgency in Southeast Asia, and the intersection of US intelligence with communist movements in Southeast Asia and China, one of which will soon be published posthumously in these pages.