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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (321 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Wallace Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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  • Secret instructions written in invisible ink
  • Covert communications slipped inside dead rats
  • Subminiature cameras hidden in ballpoint pens

If these sound like the stuff of science fiction or imaginary tools of James Bond's gadget-master Q's trade, think again. They are real-life devices created by the CIA's Office of Technical Service. Now, in the first book ever written about this ultrasecretive department, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to give listeners an unprecedented look at the devices and operations deemed inappropriate for public disclosure by the CIA just two years ago.

Spycraft tells amazing life-and-death stories about this little-known group, much of it never before revealed. Against the backdrop of some of America's most critical periods in recent history - including the cold war, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the war on terror - the authors show the real technical and human story of how the CIA carries out its missions.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terry Caldwell | 2/16/2014

    " Great book! Intriguing what with all the cloak and dagger stuff. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt Comstock | 2/8/2014

    " Pretty good book describing the co-evolution of American espionage and technological gadgets. It's heavy on the acronyms - fyi, there's a cheat sheet at the end of the book. The book alternated in tone quite a bit, from encyclopedic to narrative and back again. I would have liked to read the last couple chapters first as they gave a good overview of the relationship between tech and wet-work. I haven't returned the book to the library yet....there's also a secret message included in the book that you can solve using an OTP (one time pad)provided in the text. That's pretty cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by George | 2/7/2014

    " Damn interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andie | 1/23/2014

    " So far, I like this book. I'm about 200 pages in and I read it mostly when I'm in between books. It's a big one. If you're interested in non-fiction, clandestine government endeavors, you'll enjoy this. It's pretty dry and reads more like a history book than a non-fiction novel, but I like it. My favorite part is learning about the CIA operations from years ago. I was really fascinated by the Soviet-era counter-intelligence operations and the technology used to gather intel back then. You just know that there are crazy things going on now within our government that are classified, but will come out 40 years from now to shock you. It also makes you wonder about the things that happened 40 years ago and are still classified that they can't write books about. "

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