Declassified: 50 top-secret documents that changed history

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c2008.
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Culled from archives around the world, the 50 documents in Declassified illuminate the secret and often inaccessible stories of agents, espionage, and behind-the-scenes events that played critical roles in American history. Moving through time from Elizabethan England to the Cold War and beyond, noted author Tom Allen places each document in its historical and cultural context, sharing the quirky and little-known truths behind state secrets and clandestine operations. Each of seven chapters centers on one particular theme: secrets of war, the art of the double cross, spy vs. spy, espionage accidents, and more. Through support and access provided by the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., this lively history contains never-before-published and hard-to-find documents?printed from scans of the originals wherever possible. These include The Zimmerman Telegram, which led America into World War I; letters from Robert Hanssen to his Soviet spymaster, marking the start of his devastating career as a mole; and papers as recent as the Presidential Daily Brief that announced that Bin Laden was determined to strike the U.S.?delivered in August 2001.The public interest in state secrets and espionage has been piqued by our current international conflicts, and this engrossing book?well priced and engagingly written for the general reader?will definitely feed that fascination.
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9781426202223
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table_of_contents 1. SECRETS OF WAR. Spying on the Armada -- Washington finds a spy -- Benedict Arnold becomes a spy -- The lady is a spy -- A golden export to Canada -- T.R. remembers the Maine -- A telegram's special delivery -- The man who started a war -- Eavesdropping on Roosevelt and Churchill -- Planning the "final solution" -- Seeking justice for saboteurs -- Stalin approves a war -- The Pentagon papers' legacy -- 16 troublesome words -- DOUBLE AGENTS, TURNCOATS, AND TRAITORS. Captain Henry's $50,000 letters -- Lincoln's double agent -- Whose ace of spies? -- The double agent's dog -- The spy in the tunnel -- The Pumpkin papers -- COUNTERINTELLIGENCE: SPY VS. SPY. The knight was a spy -- The million-document spy -- The Soviets' key man -- The spy drove a Jaguar -- The FBI mole -- A BODYGUARD OF LIES. George Washington's lies -- The trick that won Midway -- The star of double-cross -- "A diversionary maneuver" -- Mincemeat swallowed whole -- Broadcasting believable lies -- The game against England -- ESPIONAGE ACCIDENTS. Lee's lost order -- Papers from a corpse -- The hollow nickel -- IN DEFENSE OF THE REALM. The beer barrel letters -- A map for the Mideast -- An ambassador's doubts -- Secret notes at Yalta -- A package in the snow -- THE SECRET STATE. A secret request to Congress -- An enduring lie -- The dreyfus affair -- The FBI and Trotsky -- Tap, tap, tap -- Bombs of a new type -- The magic messages -- The golden age of Soviet espionage -- The family jewels -- For the president's eyes only.
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title Declassified : 50 top-secret documents that changed history
title_alt 50 top-secret documents that changed history., Fifty top-secret documents that changed history.
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title_full Declassified : 50 top-secret documents that changed history / Thomas B. Allen ; foreword by Peter Earnest, Declassified [electronic resource] : 50 top-secret documents that changed history / Thomas B. Allen ; foreword by Peter Earnest
title_short Declassified :
title_sort declassified 50 top-secret documents that changed history
title_sub 50 top-secret documents that changed history