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Espionage , counter intel & geo politics Book review / recommendations

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posted on May, 5 2011 @ 09:52 PM
I am hoping that some of you out there in ATS land can recommend a good book on the subject of , Espionage , counter intel & geo politics .

A book that I am reading right now , named " The secret war against the Jews " by John Loftus & Mark Aarons , is not to bad so far . But having said that , I am only 100 pages into the book so I can not yet offer a fair comment . What I can say about the book , and seems to sum the book up pretty good , can be taken from the books back cover .." The secret war against the Jews is the devastating account of how the Western spies and government officials betrayed Israel and the Jewish people throughout most of the twentieth century " .

Have any of you read a book on the for mentioned topics that you would like to recommend or review , that seemed to provide a " real " , behind the scenes look , at this hidden world that is rarely spoke of ?

posted on May, 5 2011 @ 10:01 PM
I liked 'The Puzzle Palace' by James Bamford. His study of the NSA, but now, it's not a recent book.
Anything by Ronald Kessler is great.
James Bamford and Ronald Kessler.

posted on May, 5 2011 @ 10:06 PM
I have some books that I shall be reading this I have not read them yet....not sure if this is what you are looking for......

-Why Spy?: Espionage in an Age of Uncertainty: by Frederick Hitz

-The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror: by John Kiriakou, With Michael Ruby, Foreword by Bruce Riedel

-Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames by Pete Earley, Narrated by Edward Holland

-The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture by Ishmael Jones

posted on May, 5 2011 @ 10:09 PM
These are 3 books I was given in College by a very intelligent professor who knew I had a taste for the truth.
I highly recommend them, please at least check out the free pages if available.

"White Out: The CIA, Drugs, and the Press"
Amazon link

"Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America"
amazon link

And of course the best of them all, imho;

"Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion" by Gary Webb
amazon link

These books will show you how the CIA really works, and what it's really up to. Enjoy melting your brain.
You are very welcome!

posted on May, 5 2011 @ 10:15 PM
reply to post by muzzleflash

I feel so sad for Gary Webb. All of the MSM shunned him, after his investigative reporting. Then he commit suicide. This was long before the world wide web. I'll bet the internet would'a saved his life, as he'd go on to form his own website and blogs, and not worry about the old era MSM.

posted on May, 5 2011 @ 10:37 PM
Can't help on the first two, but I can help with the geopolitics subject. There are standard issue texts like Democratic Ideals and Reality by Sir John Halford Mackinder and Alfred Thayer Mahon's The Influence of Sea Power Upon History: 1660-1783. These are wonderful foundation texts that I have included in my master's thesis which is all over geopolitics. They put forward grand stratagies which have been at the base of foreign policy for the last 150 years. Mahon posits (correctly, I might add) about the control of sea lanes being how maintain power, while Mackinder puts more focus on control of the Heartland area of Eurasia.

Moving from Mackinder you have Nicolas Spykman's Geography of Peace. Published near the end of WWII Spykman picks up where Mackinder left off by laying the foundation for what later will be called "containment theory". He maps out the main access routes into the Heartland, and then talks about how best to control a power which controls that area.

Of course from here, you have problems as with the end of WWII geopolitics as a field inherited the bad voodoo from geopolitik thinking under the Nazi regime. Many of them shifted solely to political science and international relations, so you will have to look for works by the likes of Kissenger, Kenneth Waltz, and Karl W. Deutsch. My favorite is Deutsch who looks at interdependency and how this develops, but this is getting a little too technical.

Modern works non-specific to my thesis I'm just now getting into, but I've been focusing greatly on the work of Thomas P.M. Barnett (The Pentagon's New Map, Blueprint for Action). I'm finding him to be a very insightful and adventurous thinker, but there are some problems I have with his work, but that is for my work, not here. Someone else I've been told I should read but haven't gotten to yet is Thomas Friedman. From what I've heard he is more towards a socialistic viewpoint, but I reserve further thoughts.

The problem with work after about 1970 is that it splits out into almost every direction and is sucked away from geography and more into international relations/political science. It would have to be on a more specific subject basis that I could recommend material.

I know that's a lot, but having too much is better than having none at all, right?

posted on May, 7 2011 @ 08:34 AM
I always recommend William Shirer's The Decline and Fall of the Third Reich as it has volumes of 'insider' information and gives a behind-the-scenes perspective of negotiations, tactics and strategy.

Also Charles Luttwak's The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire is a wonderful book that uses Pentagon and White House documents to draw correlaries between the Roman Empire's and United States strategies that are amazingly similar.


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