Wolfgang Krieger, Geschichte der Geheimdienste. Von den Pharaonen bis zur CIA.
Munich: Beck, 2009. €16.95, ISBN 3406583873
The activities of the secret services – otherwise known as espionage – have been documented for the past 2,500 years. Yet, even established insiders find it difficult to keep track of the various developments in this tangled web of intelligence. Research in this area tends to proliferate on the fringes of university studies, focussing on specific topics, particular agencies or historical aspects. Few have undertaken the mammoth task of attempting to bundle the jumble of intelligence history, the manifold national institutions, their seismic curves of successes and failures into an intelligible and readable book. And fewer still have succeeded.
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