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Strategic Intelligence in the Cold War and Beyond

ISBN 9780415782074
Published September 3, 2014 by Routledge
178 Pages

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Book Description

Strategic Intelligence in the Cold War and Beyond looks at the many events, personalities, and controversies in the field of intelligence and espionage since the end of World War II. A crucial but often neglected topic, strategic intelligence took on added significance during the protracted struggle of the Cold War.

In this accessible volume, Jefferson Adams places these important developments in their historical context, taking a global approach to themes including

      • various undertakings from both sides in the Cold War, with emphasis on covert action and deception operations
      • controversial episodes involving Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Poland, and Afghanistan as well as numerous lesser known occurrences.
      • three Cold War spy profiles which explore the role of human psychology in intelligence work
      • the technological dimension
      • spies in fiction, film and television
      • developments in the intelligence organizations of both sides in the decade following the fall of the Berlin wall

Supplemented by suggestions for further reading, a glossary of key terms, and a timeline of important events, this is an essential read for all those interested in the modern history of espionage.

Table of Contents


1 Introduction

2 The Players

3 The Early Years

4 The Struggle Deepens

5 Three Profiles of Cold War Spies

6 Espionage in Fiction and Film

7 The Climax of the Cold War

8 The Aftermath





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Jefferson Adams is professor of European history at Sarah Lawrence College. His publications include Beyond the Wall: Memoirs of an East and West German Spy (ed., 1992) and Historical Dictionary of German Intelligence (2009). He is also the senior editor of The International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.


"A meticulous scholar, Jefferson Adams has written a detailed but fast-paced account of the evolution of strategic intelligence from the end of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union and its aftermath. Although the book covers a wide spectrum of issues and deals with a long list of countries, Adams is such a fine writer that he retains the undivided attention of the reader. He is a leader in the field of intelligence studies."

Igor Lukes, Boston University

"Strategic Intelligence in the Cold War and Beyond is a valuable contribution to the intelligence literature."
Hayden Peake in Studies in Intelligence

"It avoids inundating the student-reader with the trappings of an over-researched monograph and provides the professor’s ‘take’ on many Cold War events. . . . The book would make a fine supplemental reading in a course offering in-depth coverage of the Cold War but lacking the linkage to intelligence."
J. Ransom Clark, International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence

"All in all this easily read volume provides a substantive introduction. Even someone well acquainted with the subject is occasionally surprised."
Armin Wagner, Sehepunkte