The Norwegian Intelligence Service, 1945-1970

By Olav Riste

© 1999 – Routledge

350 pages

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About the Book

This is a history of the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS) during the Cold War, based on its secret archives. The author describes a service that grew from a handful of specialists in 1946 to a multi-faceted organization with a personnel of about 1000 by the end of the 1960s.

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Newsletter of the International Intelligence History Study Group

"This extraordinary book throws light on many intelligence aspects of the Cold War. The author has provided a thorough account of the NIS and struck the right balance between technical detail and readability … For scholars of modern history it is a "must" read … Hopefully the publication sets a standard to be quickly followed by other authors and researchers."

Cryptologia, Vol 24, No 3, July 2000

"This book is unique because it is the first time that a Western intelligence service has opened its most secret archives from the Cold War period to an independent historian."

Defense Analysis

"This is a unique study on modern intelligence"

International History Review

"a path-breaking work in the feild of intelligence studies…the book is the outcome of meticulous, scholarly research of the kind so often absent in the field"

Intelligence and National Security

"the first history of a western intelligence service written on the basis of unlimited access to the relevant official archives…despite the technical complexities of the subject, remains full of incident and consistently readable…sets a standard which subsequent intelligence histories will do well to emulate

About the Series

Studies in Intelligence

The growing interest in intelligence activities and the opening of hitherto closed archives since the end of the Cold War has stimulated this series of scholarly monographs, wartime memoirs and edited collections. With contributions from leading academics and prominent members of the intelligence community, this series has quickly become the leading forum for the academic study of intelligence.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security