Best Political Intelligence Books
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1. This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race
Author: by Nicole Perlroth
Published at: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (February 9, 2021)
Part John le Carr and more parts Michael Crichton …Spellbinding. The New Yorker From The New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth, the untold story of the cyberweapons market-the most secretive, invisible, government-backed market on earth-and a terrifying first look at a new kind of global warfare.
Zero day: a software bug that allows a hacker to break into your devices and move around undetected. One of the most coveted tools in a spy’s arsenal, a zero day has the power to silently spy on your iPhone, dismantle the safety controls at a chemical plant, alter an election, and shut down the electric grid (just ask Ukraine).
For decades, under cover of classification levels and non-disclosure agreements, the United States government became the world’s dominant hoarder of zero days.U.S. Government agents paid top dollar-first thousands, and later millions of dollars- to hackers willing to sell their lock-picking code and their silence.
Then the United States lost control of its hoard and the market. Now those zero days are in the hands of hostile nations and mercenaries who do not care if your vote goes missing, your clean water is contaminated, or our nuclear plants melt down.
2. The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Author: by Ben Macintyre
Published at: Crown; Reprint edition (August 6, 2019)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.
The best true spy story I have ever read. JOHN LE CARRNamed a Best Book of the Year by The Economist Shortlisted for the Bailie Giffords Prize in Nonfiction If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky.
The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation’s communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union’s top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6.
For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States’s nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war.
3. 100 Deadly Skills: COMBAT EDITION: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Crushing Your Enemy, Fighting for Your Life, and Embracing Your Inner Badass
Author: by Clint Emerson
Published at: Lioncrest Publishing (January 19, 2021)
The first volume in the 100 Deadly Skills series delivered clandestine hacks designed to allow readers to escape and evade threats at home and abroad. The second book, my Survival Edition, provided a blueprint to surviving chaos, misadventures, and fatal disasters.
Now, with the Combat Edition, I’ve created the most comprehensive on-the-ground combatives manual ever assembledtraveling the country to learn the most effective combat techniques from some of the deadliest characters on Earth. The goal remains the same: allowing good people to defeat evil, fight for their lives, and survive another day.
Clint EmersonCreated by a retired Navy SEAL, this illustrated combat manual presents one hundred skills harvested from the world of special operations, outlaw bikers, lifelong martial artists, and professional fighters. Drawing on the unique skill sets of a carefully selected cadre of experts, each technique is carefully broken down to its component parts in order to radically improve your chances of coming out on topwhether you’re faced by an active shooter or coming toe to toe with a belligerent prick.
4. 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation
Author: by Clint Emerson
Published at: Atria Books; Illustrated edition (October 13, 2015)
A hands-on, practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emersonadapted for civilians from actual special forces operationsto eluding pursuers, evading capture, and surviving any dangerous situation. In today’s increasingly dangerous world, threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings, and from the unseen (and sometimes virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions.
Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere, anytime, and Clint Emersonformer Navy SEALwants you to be prepared. 100 Deadly Skills contains proven self-defense skills, evasion tactics, and immobilizing maneuversmodified from the world of black opsto help you take action in numerous worst case scenarios from escaping a locked trunk, to making an improvised Taser, to tricking facial recognition software.
With easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations, Emerson outlines in detail many life-saving strategies and teaches you how to think and act like a member of the special forces. This complete course in survival teaches you how to prevent tracking, evade a kidnapping, elude an active shooter, rappel down the side of a building, immobilize a bad guy, protect yourself against cyber-criminals, and much moreall using low-tech to no-tech methods.
5. Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties
Author: by Tom O'Neill
Published at: Back Bay Books (June 23, 2020)
A journalist’s twenty-year fascination with the Manson murders leads to shocking new revelations about the FBI’s involvement in this riveting reassessment of an infamous case in American history. Over two grim nights in Los Angeles, the young followers of Charles Manson murdered seven people, including the actress Sharon Tate, then eight months pregnant.
With no mercy and seemingly no motive, the Manson Family followed their leader’s every order – their crimes lit a flame of paranoia across the nation, spelling the end of the sixties. Manson became one of history’s most infamous criminals, his name forever attached to an era when charlatans mixed with prodigies, free love was as possible as brainwashing, and utopia – or dystopia – was just an acid trip away.
Twenty years ago, when journalist Tom O’Neill was reporting a magazine piece about the murders, he worried there was nothing new to say. Then he unearthed shocking evidence of a cover-up behind the “official” story, including police carelessness, legal misconduct, and potential surveillance by intelligence agents.
6. 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Surviving in the Wild and Being Prepared for Any Disaster
Author: by Clint Emerson
Published at: Atria Books; Illustrated edition (October 18, 2016)
From national bestselling author and retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson comes the essential guide for surviving today’s emergenciesfrom navigating in the wild to staying alive in any disaster. These 100 skills, adapted for civilians from actual field experiences of special forces operations, offer a complete hands-on and practical guide to help you survive in the wild no matter the climate or terrain; be prepared for any crisis; and have the critical life-saving knowledge for staying safe in any hostile environment or disaster.
Yesterday’s survival guide is no longer relevant. 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition is what you need for today’s world, combining survival hacks developed on the battlefield with the low-tech tools you have on hand. This book is your essential prep manual, from securing shelter, building fire, finding food, and navigating back to civilization no matter the environment to thinking like a special forces solider so that you can survive a hostage situation, an active shooter, a suicide bomber, or a terrorist threat on the subway, and even apply trauma medicine as a first responder.
7. The FBI Way: Inside the Bureau's Code of Excellence
Author: by Frank Figliuzzi
Published at: Custom House (January 12, 2021)
NATIONAL BESTSELLER”A must read for serious leaders at every level.” General Barry R.McCaffrey (Ret. The FBI’s former head of counterintelligence reveals the Bureau’s field-tested playbook for unlocking individual and organizational excellenceFrank Figliuzzi was the “Keeper of the Code,” appointed the FBI’s Chief Inspector by then-Director Robert Mueller.
Charged with overseeing sensitive internal inquiries and performance audits, he ensured each employee met the Bureau’s exacting standards. Now, drawing on his distinguished career, Figliuzzi reveals how the Bureau achieves its extraordinary track record of excellencefrom the training of new recruits in “The FBI Way” to the Bureau’s rigorous maintenance of its standards up and down the organization.
All good codes of conduct have one common trait: they reflect the core values of an organization. Individuals, companies, schools, teams, or any group seeking to codify their rules to live by must first establish core values. Figliuzzi has condensed the Bureau’s process of preserving and protecting its values into what he calls The Seven C’s.
8. A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
Author: by Sonia Purnell
Published at: Viking; Illustrated edition (April 9, 2019)
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERChosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, the Seattle Times, the Washington Independent Review of Books, PopSugar, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, BookBrowse, the Spectator, and the Times of LondonWinner of the Plutarch Award for Best BiographyExcellentThis book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down.
The New York Times Book Review”A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people – and a little resistance.” – NPR”A meticiulous history that reads like a thriller.” – Ben MacintyreA never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of Clementine.
In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.” The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill’s “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and-despite her prosthetic leg-helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it.
9. We Are Bellingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News
Author: by Eliot Higgins
Published at: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (March 2, 2021)
INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERFascinating A powerful, exhortatory call to arms. New York Times Book ReviewA David-and-Goliath story for the digital age Thrilling. Foreign PolicyThe page-turning inside story of the global team wielding the internet to fight for facts and combat autocracyrevealing the extraordinary ability of ordinary people to hold the powerful to account.
In 2018, Russian exile Sergei Skripal and his daughter were nearly killed in an audacious poisoning attempt in Salisbury, England. Soon, the identity of one of the suspects was revealed: he was a Russian spy. This huge investigative coup wasn’t pulled off by an intelligence agency or a traditional news outlet.
Instead, the scoop came from Bellingcat, the open-source investigative team that is redefining the way we think about news, politics, and the digital future. We Are Bellingcat tells the inspiring story of how a college dropout pioneered a new category of reporting and galvanized citizen journalistsworking together from their computer screens around the globeto crack major cases, at a time when fact-based journalism is under assault from authoritarian forces.
10. Operation Dragon: Inside the Kremlin's Secret War on America
Author: by R. James Woolsey
Published at: Encounter Books (February 23, 2021)
This book by former CIA Director R. James Woolsey and former Romanian spy chief Ion Mihai Pacepa, who defected to the US in 1978, describes why Russia remains an extremely dangerous force in the world while finally and definitively putting to rest the question of who killed President Kennedy on November 22,1963.
All evidence points to the fact that the assassinationcarried out by Lee Harvey Oswaldwas ordered by Khrushchev, acting through what is essentially the Russian leader’s personal spy force, the KGB (today known as the FSB).
11. The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies
Author: by Jason Fagone
Published at: Dey Street Books; Illustrated edition (August 28, 2018)
National Bestseller NPR Best Book of the YearNot all superheroes wear capes, and Elizebeth Smith Friedman should be the subject of a future Wonder Woman movie. The New York TimesJoining the ranks of Hidden Figures and In the Garden of Beasts, the incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II.
In 1916, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. Government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking.
There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the “Adam and Eve” of the NSA, Elizebeth’s story, incredibly, has never been told. In The Woman Who Smashed Codes, Jason Fagone chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman, who played an integral role in our nation’s history for forty years.
12. Permanent Record
Author: by Edward Snowden
Published at: Picador Paper (September 1, 2020)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREdward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.
In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth.
Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it. Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up onlinea man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience.
13. Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World
Author: by Joby Warrick
Published at: Doubleday (February 23, 2021)
From the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Black Flags, the thrilling unknown story of America’s mission in Syria: to find and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons and keep them out of the hands of the Islamic State In August 2012, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was clinging to power in a vicious civil war.
When secret intelligence revealed that the dictator might resort to using chemical weapons, President Obama warned that doing so would cross a red line. Assad did it anyway, bombing the Damascus suburb of Ghouta with sarin gas, killing hundreds of civilians and forcing Obama to decide if he would mire America in another unpopular Middle Eastern war.
When Russia offered to broker the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons, Obama leapt at the out. So begins an electrifying race to find, remove, and destroy 1,300 tons of chemical weapons in the midst of a raging civil war. The extraordinary little-known effort is a triumph for the Americans, but soon Russia’s long game becomes clear: it will do anything to preserve Assad’s rule.
14. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Author: by Liza Mundy
Published at: Hachette Books; Illustrated edition (October 2, 2018)
The award-winning New York Times bestseller about the American women who secretly served as codebreakers during World War II-a “prodigiously researched and engrossing” (New York Times) book that “shines a light on a hidden chapter of American history” (Denver Post).Recruited by the U.S.
Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking.
Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.
15. The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World
Author: by Vincent Bevins
Published at: PublicAffairs (May 19, 2020)
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2020 BY NPR, THE FINANCIAL TIMES, AND GQThe hidden story of the wanton slaughter – in Indonesia, Latin America, and around the world – backed by the United States.In 1965, the U.S. Government helped the Indonesian military kill approximately one million innocent civilians.
This was one of the most important turning points of the twentieth century, eliminating the largest communist party outside China and the Soviet Union and inspiring copycat terror programs in faraway countries like Brazil and Chile. But these events remain widely overlooked, precisely because the CIA’s secret interventions were so successful.
In this bold and comprehensive new history, Vincent Bevins builds on his incisive reporting for the Washington Post, using recently declassified documents, archival research and eye-witness testimony collected across twelve countries to reveal a shocking legacy that spans the globe.
For decades, it’s been believed that parts of the developing world passed peacefully into the U.S. Led capitalist system. The Jakarta Method demonstrates that the brutal extermination of unarmed leftists was a fundamental part of Washington’s final triumph in the Cold War.
16. The Day After Roswell
Author: by William J. Birnes
Published at: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (June 6, 2017)
A breathtaking expos that reads like a thriller, The Day After Roswell is a stunning depiction of just what happened in Roswell, New Mexico all those years ago and how the effects of this mysterious unidentified aircraft crash are still relevant today.
Former member of President Eisenhower’s National Security Council and the Foreign Technology Desk in the United States Army, Colonel Philip J. Corso was assigned to work at a strange crash site in Roswell in 1947. He had no idea that his work there would change his life and the course of history forever.
Only in his fascinating memoir can you discover how he helped removed alien artifacts from the site and used them to help improve much of the technology the Army uses today, such as circuit chips, fiber optics, and more. Laying bare the United States government’s shocking role in the Roswell incidentwhat was found, the cover-up, and moreThe Day After Roswell is an extraordinary memoir that not only forces us to reconsider the past, but also our role in the universe.