A history of Americans who spied against their country and what their stories reveal about national security
What's your secret?
American Spies presents the stunning histories of more than forty Americans who spied against their country during the past six decades. Michael Sulick, former head of the CIA's clandestine service, illustrates through these stories-some familiar, others much less well known-the common threads in the spy cases and the evolution of American attitudes toward espionage since the onset of the Cold War. After highlighting the accounts of many who have spied for traditional adversaries such as Russian and Chinese intelligence services, Sulick shows how spy hunters today confront a far broader spectrum of threats not only from hostile states but also substate groups, including those conducting cyberespionage.
Sulick reveals six fundamental elements of espionage in these stories: the motivations that drove them to spy; their access and the secrets they betrayed; their tradecraft, or the techniques of concealing their espionage; their exposure; their punishment; and, finally, the damage they inflicted on America's national security.
The book is the sequel to Sulick's popular Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War. Together they serve as a basic introduction to understanding America's vulnerability to espionage, which has oscillated between peacetime complacency and wartime vigilance, and continues to be shaped by the inherent conflict between our nation's security needs and our commitment to the preservation of civil liberties. Now available in paperback, with a new preface that brings the conversation up to the present, American Spies is as insightful and relevant as ever.
Michael J. Sulick is a retired intelligence operations officer who was director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service (2007-10), chief of CIA counterintelligence (2002-4), and chief of the Central Eurasia Division (1999-2002), among other assignments during his twenty-eight-year career. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from the City University of New York. He is the author of Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War.
Part I: The Cold War: 1950-701. The KGB Rebuilds2. Spies in the Enlisted Ranks3. Vietnam and the 1960s
Part II: Decade of Turmoil: The 1970s4. Espionage and the 1970s5. Soviet Science and Technology Espionage6. James Angleton and the Spy Hunt in the CIA
Part III: The Decade of the Spy: Soviet Spies of the 1980s7. Espionage in the 1980s8. Evil Spy for the Evil Empire: John Walker9. The Spy in the National Security Agency: Ronald Pelton10. A Spy in the CIA: Edward Lee Howard11.The Spy in the US Marine Corps: Clayton Lonetree
Part IV: The Decade of the Spy: Other Spies of the 1980s12. The Illegal in the CIA: Karl Koecher13. The Army's John Walker: Clyde Conrad14. Spies for East Germany: James Michael Hall and Jeffrey Carney15. The Spy for China: Larry Wu-tai Chin16. The Spy for Israel: Jonathan Pollard
Part V: Espionage and the New World Order: The 1990s17. The End of the Cold War and US Counterespionage18. Aldrich Ames and His Impact on the CIA19. The Spy in the FBI: Robert Hanssen20. The Last Vestiges of Cold War Espionage
Part VI: Espionage in the New Millennium21. New Threats, Old Threats22. Chinese Nuclear Espionage and Wen Ho Lee Case23. Spies for China24. Spies for Cuba I: Ana Belen Montes 25. Spies for Cuba II: Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers26. Espionage and the War on Terrorism27. Cyberespionage
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