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Spycraft: inside the CIA's top secret spy lab

Spycraft: inside the CIA's top secret spy lab

Wallace, Robert; Melton, H. Keith (Harold Keith), 1944-; Schlesinger, Henry R

'Spycraft' discusses the secret history of the CIA's spy gadgets and the operations in which they were used

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Bantam, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton with Henry R. Schlesinger
ISBN: 0553820079, 9780553820072
Note: Originally published: New York: Dutton, 2008; London: Bantam, 2009.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxv, 548 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 20 cm.
Subject: United States. Central Intelligence Agency. Directorate of Science and Technology History.; Intelligence service United States History.; Politics and Government.

Author note

Robert Wallaceis the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Services.H Keith Meltonis an internationally recognized authority of spy technology, and the author of seven books includingUltimate Spy.Henry Schlesingeris a contributing editor atPopular Sciencemagazine.


"Great stuff. The stories are pacy, with first-hand accounts from CIA insiders. The anecdotes put you right next to the engineers as they silently drill through a wall to plant a bug, hoping the Soviet official on the other side won't spot anything. A fantastic read."
BBC Focus Magazine||"An intriguing history of ingenious men and women, who could invent a talking tree, an inflatable airplane and an exploding rat."
Sunday Times

Back cover copy

Secret instructions written in invisible ink
Cigarettes that fire bullets
Insect-sized flying spy cameras
Listening devices hidden in the family cat

If these sound like the creations of James Bond's gadget-master Q, think again. They are all real-life devices used by the CIA's Office of Technical Services.

Spycraftis the first book ever written about this ultra-secretive department. It tells the amazing life-and-death stories about this little-known group, many of which have never before been revealed.

Against the backdrop of some of the most critical international events of recent years - including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the war on terror - the authors show the real technical and human story of how the CIA carried out its most secret missions.