Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-4956-1 • Hardback • May 2015 • $155.00 • (£119.00)
978-1-4422-4957-8 • eBook • May 2015 • $147.00 • (£113.00)
Nigel West is the European Editor of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence and teaches the history of postwar intelligence at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies. He is the author of many books, including the Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence (Scarecrow, 2005), Historical Dictionary of International Intelligence (Scarecrow, 2006), Historical Dictionary of Cold War Counterintelligence (Scarecrow, 2007), and Historical Dictionary of Sexspionage (Scarecrow, 2009). In October 2003 he was awarded the U.S. Association of Former Intelligence Officers' first Lifetime Literature Achievement Award. In 2012 he was appointed a judge of the St Ermin’s Intelligence Book of the Year award.
Editor’s Foreword (Jon Woronoff)
Acronyms and Abbreviations
About The Author
The field of international intelligence is always changing, and many major events have occurred since this work first appeared in 2006. The second edition offers information and analysis of international intelligence up through 2014, according to its chronology, which starts in 1908 with the founding of the US Bureau of Investigation, the predecessor to the modern FBI. Military historian West, author of numerous works on intelligence and espionage (many issued under the publisher's Scarecrow imprint), provides a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology of events, an introduction, the dictionary proper with A–Z entries, and an index. Of particular interest is the coverage of Edward Snowden, which provides a well-written summary of the man and the covert operations of the National Security Agency he revealed to the world. One bolded cross-reference points to an especially informative entry on ‘Government Communications Headquarters,’ the British cryptography group; see and see also references are plentiful throughout. Of greatest value to those researching espionage and intelligence are the extensive topically organized bibliography and official government and organizations websites. With the events of the past decade, this worthwhile updated volume is a necessary purchase for all libraries supporting intelligence collections. Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries/levels.
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