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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: July 2008 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

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

    " Damn interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 1/7/2014

    " A very interesting book. It's written from the perspective of a former CIA chief, so the author is cheerily enthusiastic about the CIA's successes with technology, but he also talks a lot about their failures. If you've ever wondered if there's any truth to the gadgets seen in movies, this book explains it all, from installing tiny microphones to breaking into the KGB's lead-encased sewer pipe wires in downtown Moscow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/2/2014

    " Authoritative and engaging. A lot of book for your money. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zack | 12/24/2013

    " Not what I was hoping for, It was interesting but I never got thru it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hadrian | 12/23/2013

    " History of the more technical aspects of the CIA. Very interesting stories, although a bit repetitive at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henry Phillips | 12/20/2013

    " Very informative in a technical aspect with anecdotes thrown in. Good read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronald | 12/19/2013

    " Enjoyable for those who like to keep up with the art of the possible. I'm not sure how accurate are the contents of any of these types of books, but in the past much of the material in them has been verified by later disclosures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/17/2013

    " Very interesting history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Lake | 10/22/2013

    " Interesting inside look at use of technology in American spycraft. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 10/21/2013

    " A historical account of the gadgets created by the CIA's Technical Service Division. If you are even mildly intrigued by the gadgets that Q creates in the Bond movies, you will enjoy this book. It discusses the development and use of clandestine gadgets from WWII to the War on Terror. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex H | 8/29/2013

    " Fascinating. The ingenuity of Technical Services Division (TSD) engineers from the Cold War days through the turn of the century is mind blowing. If your favorite part of the James Bond films is less "shaken, not stirred" and more Q, then this book is for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 7/14/2013

    " Excellent and fascinating history of the technical achievements of the CIA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 3/9/2013

    " Provides a really great peek behind the curtains of the espionage world. A must-read if you're in to that type of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremiah | 11/19/2012

    " An interesting, if very "go CIA" book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 WTL | 10/21/2012

    " (audiobook) well worth the read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devin | 9/10/2012

    " Full of great stories and inside information. It's a bit long at 19 hours for the audiobook, but thats good because you don't want it to end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Raines | 1/17/2012

    " Well, it was pretty good, although, once again, I want to stab the name in the face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Domenico Composto-Hart | 10/7/2011

    " Great book to understand the history and role spy gadgets and tools played in 20th century espionage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 8/14/2011

    " Good stories and fun spy gear. Book didn't have much of a point other than showing off the ingenuity of designers and agents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin | 7/26/2011

    " Great book! Some of the book was a little tedious; however, some anecdotes read like thrillers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dgg32 | 5/29/2011

    " A very interesting book. Not dry, describing the clandestine operational hardwares. Enlightening!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaworu | 5/14/2011

    " History of the more technical aspects of the CIA. Very interesting stories, although a bit repetitive at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Unconsoled | 3/6/2011

    " Excellent and fascinating history of the technical achievements of the CIA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 11/25/2010

    " Good stories and fun spy gear. Book didn't have much of a point other than showing off the ingenuity of designers and agents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 7/22/2010

    " Pretty good stuff, I found it focusing more on the past and the soviet times compared to Al-Qaeda times which I would have preferred, however it was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin | 7/3/2010

    " Great book! Some of the book was a little tedious; however, some anecdotes read like thrillers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 1/2/2010

    " A historical account of the gadgets created by the CIA's Technical Service Division. If you are even mildly intrigued by the gadgets that Q creates in the Bond movies, you will enjoy this book. It discusses the development and use of clandestine gadgets from WWII to the War on Terror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremiah | 7/2/2009

    " An interesting, if very "go CIA" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 6/27/2009

    " Interesting inside look at use of technology in American spycraft. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devin | 9/12/2008

    " Full of great stories and inside information. It's a bit long at 19 hours for the audiobook, but thats good because you don't want it to end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 9/4/2008

    " Very interesting and gives good insight in the America's history in espionage. "

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