The New Spymasters

The New Spymasters[Epub] ➜ The New Spymasters ➡ Stephen Grey – The New Spymasters by Stephen Grey Inside Espionage from the Cold War to Al aedaIn this era of email intercepts and drone strikes many believe that the spy is dead What use are double agents and dead The New Spymasters by Stephen Grey Inside Espionage from the Cold War to Al aedaIn this era of email intercepts and drone strikes many believe that the The New ePUB ô spy is dead What use are double agents and dead letter boxes compared to the all seeing digital eyeThey couldn't be wrong The spying game is changing but the need for walking talking sources who gather secret information has never been acute And they are still out thereIn this searing modern history of espionage Stephen Grey takes us from the CIA's Cold War legends to the agents who betrayed the IRA through to the spooks inside Al aeda and ISIS Techniues and technologies have evolved but the old motivations for betrayal patriotism greed revenge compromise endure This is a revealing story of how spycraft and the 'human factor' survive against the oddsBased on years of research and interviews with hundreds of secret sources many of the stories in the book have never been fully told The New Spymasters will appeal to fans of John le Carre Jason Bourne and Ben MacintyreStephen Grey is a British writer broadcaster and investigative reporter with over two decades of experience of reporting on intelligence issues He is best known for his world exclusive revelations about the CIA's program of 'extraordinary rendition' as well as reports from Ira and Afghanistan A former foreign correspondent and investigations editor with the Sunday Times he has reported for the New York Times Guardian BBC and Channel and is currently a special correspondent with Reuters Grey is the author of Ghost Plane on the CIA and Operation Snakebite about the war in Helmand Afghanistan. Spying is supposedly the second oldest profession and the smoke and mirror world has inspired countless authors and films of this world where no one can trust anyone else In this brave new digital world gone are a lot of the old techniues and tradecraft instead the spooks are sifting our mind boggling uantities of data looking for the ghosts in the machines Except they aren’t always there However having a human perspective on the world around you is still an advantage An expert operative who can determine the wheat from the digital chaff is still invaluable and in this book Grey takes us on some of the nail biting missions and how having the right person in the right place at the most appropriate moment is still the way to win against enemies real and virtualGrey also considers where espionage is heading too The ability of modern agencies to hoover up vast amounts of data from every phone call web page and email means that they are drowning in data so much so that they do miss things Gone are the days when these was state verses state with fairly clear if blurred lines and long term goals that could be met Now it is state verses small cells of a disparate organisation that do things very differently and modern spies may have missions that only last a few months But still the key is still using human judgement that draws from intelligence from people on the ground proper analysed signals intelligence along with other elements and combining them to form the best picture of what is happening Overall an interesting book about a sector that still likes to hide in the shadows I received my copy of The New Spymasters through the Goodreads giveaway program in exchange for a fair an honest reviewI'm not entirely sure what I was expecting from this book but The New Spymasters managed to both exceed and defy those expectations Let me start by saying what this book is NOT1 A comprehensive look at spying and espionage across the globe Instead this book covered four broad periods of history from a narrow scope The Cold War through the eyes of English and Soviet spies; the Irish Rebellions through moles in the IRA; the so called War on Drugs through criminal recruits of SIS; and most extensively the War on Terror through its various successes and missteps This book had practically nothing on Edward Snowden and the implications of his findings or on the extensive corporate and govt espionage by China It's hard to fault Mr Grey for this though given his background and interests2 A sensationalized unit pusher I appreciated Grey's willingness to documents his sources wherever possible and to avoid sacrificing fact for narrative3 A textbook There are facts dates and the gradual progress through the past century but The New Spymasters chooses to tell this history through individual case studies The author's own analysis and opinions on the source material are laced throughout and summed up at the end of each chapterWhat this book IS is a extraordinarily long essay on the strengths and weaknesses of human intelligence HUMINT leading up to some conjectures and suggestions for how it should be used going forward The first three parts of the book covering various agents and operations were for the most part solidly written Several were uite gripping The stories of Steak Knife Chapter 3 Friendship Curveball Chapter 6 Caveat Emptor and Humam al Balawi Chapter 8 Allah Has Plans were probably my favorites The last part of the book was all summation and analysis and Mr Grey drew some interesting conclusionsAll in all this was an enjoyable if somewhat dense book If you are looking for a fairly thorough look into the role of spying during the recent conflicts in the Middle East then this is a good place to start; of the twelve chapters in this book fully seven of them are dedicated to the War on Terror If you are looking for information on China domestic spying or other modern conflicts you may want to look for a different source3550 a solid book Picked up off the new non fiction shelf at the local library pretty dry and somewhat of a slog could have just read just the last chapter but I think it's worth reading just to be informed on what's being done in our names This is an interesting look at espionage of old and of new Essentially Cold War The 1990's then post 911 The book contains a fair amount of interviews and the author has been to the places discussedThe author makes a pitch that during the Cold War espionage didn't change the outcome of history all that much During that time it was all human spying Then as is now the spy masters don't spy directly They hire recruit others to do the spying for them As such it is a long game for turning people into traitors of their own countriesIn the new era post 911 the espionage agencies rely mostly on electronic means of spying While great for tracking it doesn't lend itself well to understanding the environment Several examples are given where mistakes were made and innocent people killed because it is easier to watch a screen then go out on the street and talk We don't understand the conflicts or the people which has turned the agencies from intelligence gatherers to target trackers The agencies don't want to know as the political will doesn't want to know It is easier to make the enemy a faceless horde than into people with issues and desires just like usThe book does start out a bit slow It took me awhile to get through the first section Almost like how old british who done it books dry in the beginning then building up to a can't put it down section about the blunders post 911 It will make you uestion what we really know learn how spies are really run no James Bond here and that the Western agencies need to work the long game again The New Spymasters a non fiction book by Stephen Grey published in 2015 was challenging to read but highly informative and very wide ranging Case studies were presented in readable but rich detail The author tried to draw together some overarching themes including the conflict between technological intelligence and human intelligence gathering and the difficulties inherent in each as well as ethical conflicts The differences and conflicts between obtaining information and covert action are clearly described and illustrated For an aspiring author searching for plot lines and conflicts to make a story richer this book provides a wealth of possibilities Spying is not easy and it is not glamorous and The New Spymasters pulls no punches These stories are all very real and very well documentedThe book starts with a glossary in the front I imagine that was a signal from the author that this was going to be a difficult read I found the glossary useful especially the names and abbreviations of the intelligence services of many foreign countries The author is not afraid of complexity and the glossary is helpful The New Spymasters tells the story of spying from the British Empire up to Afghanistan and al ueda It takes a case approach focusing on a famous spying episode in each chapter including Sidney Reilly Kim Philby the IRA Andrew Antoniades as well as several post 9 11 spying successes and failures probing deeply into what is known about each episode The book highlights the evolution of the spying business and is uite clear about the difficulties involved in spying on an organization such as al ueda Any spy book is entertaining to read This one is expected to deal particularly with spymasters and how they manage their agents but also the place of HUMINT intelligence gathered by humans in today's word this last uestion not being a new subject i remember reading a far lively book by Robert Baer on the subjectReading the book was fun The author picked a few operations dealt with by chapters in a chronological and in the same time thematic order Each chapter tells the details of one operation now most of these operations are known and written about but the author makes use of the declassified information to shed new lights And in many cases he defends that certain criticism against secret services were unjustified or exxagerated On a personal level i was interested in the chapters about the IRA and the EOKA topics i never have read about from the spying perspectiveOn the other hand though i found the writing unfocused many ideas are repeated over and over The last chapter was actually very dull to read since most of it was already said and the author took a moralising stance And then he stresses the need to use spying to understand other cultures But isnt that already done? How much can you understand groups like Al uaeda or ISIS? The last chapter with such utopic claims and dull repetitions kind of ruined the book for me at the end Readable workaday run through of the British spy business since the formative days of what we generally call MI6 nowadays A lot of it should sound familiar if you follow the news but it's helpful to have a timeline fitted to it and an interpretation of the 'trends' The discussion over how useful information gathering is was informative Also interesting to note the hypocrisy by which the spymasters use 'higher values' to appeal to foreign agents but then treat our own traitors as well traitors An overview of espionage through history focussing especially on the 20th and 21st centuries it was engagingly written and full of information Understandably the later parts were heavily about the war on terror and jihadist groups which was interesting but I had hoped for about espionage against Putin's Russia mainly after reading Red Sparrow and listening to the Power Vertical Good though Good history interesting analysis and lots of practical insights Verrry interestingI especially like the way the author details the changes in spying from the cold war Kim Philby days to the current less moored time His perspective helps me clarify for myself what is going on with terror groups and their trackers

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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • The New Spymasters
  • Stephen Grey
  • English
  • 28 September 2014
  • 9780670917402