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The Secret WorldRld from divination to what we would recognize as attempts to gather real intelligence in the conduct of military operations and considers how far ahead of the West at that time China and India were He charts the development The Secret Kindle of intelligence and security operations and capacity through amongst others Renaissance Venice. The Secret World is an interesting and comprehensive account of the History of Intelligence albeit a bit dry and very very long There were strange segways in parts of the narrative and abrupt changes in argument Overall this felt very episodic and no larger picture was painted and very few conclusions were drawn

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The history of espionage is far older than any of today's intelligence agencies yet the long history of intelligence operations has been largely forgotten The first mention of espionage in world literature is in the Book of Exodus'God sent out spies into the land of Canaan' From there Christopher Andrew traces the shift in the ancient wo. This book is a history of intelligence work covering roughly 3000 years of human history It is a scholarly work 16% is notes references lightened with uick moving free flowing prose There is plenty of scope for further study encouraged by the excellent bibliography and there are lots of interesting facts and some entertaining uotes like this one “the most distrustful persons are the biggest dupes” I discovered that the history of intelligence is also a history of leakers of information important to governments and organizationsThe introduction and conclusion were especially fascinating because they relate many current events to the premise of the book and drive home the premise histories have been written without the inclusion of the key element of espionage and intelligence creating mistaken interpretations of historical events and that the lack of historical knowledge has caused mistaken interpretations of intelligenceThe author makes a clear case for the importance of intelligence both secret and that available from open sources for positive actors on the world stage to avoid conflicts and wars to win wars to build alliances to support allies to have clarity when making momentous decisions to undermine aggressors out to destabilize regions or countriesA group's use of intelligence for nefarious purposes is also presented in the book for the destruction of rivals for financial gain for a cliue for the acuisition of power and influence ultimately for the acuisition of financial gain and to enhance the egos and sense of security of deluded actors on the world stageThe chapters are historical divisions which are always a false form of organization in histories since real life has no smooth beginnings nor endings but instead tentacles that thread in and out of events spread out over time That means there is much overlap between the chaptersI'm a fan of history books but they can be mind numbingly monotonous just a long series of wars conflicts treaties royals ministers pretenders historical figures etc They are very difficult to write and it is very challenging to keep the reader's interest I've read great histories and not so great historical accounts This book falls mid range so my advice is take the reading slowly so as not to become overwhelmedSince the book clocks in at 960 pages it will take a while to get though it It is best if the reader has a sound founding in world history If not you can read up along the way but expect to be overwhelmed I started with the beginning and conclusion then hit then the eras of most interest to me after which I moved on to the other eras Some chapters I read diligently than others to be honestThe author points out along the way the most common reasons for intelligence community failures which is fascinating in itself not seeing things in historical context prejudice influencing interpretations underestimating opponents due to arrogance rivalry within the intel community hurting the sharing of knowledge relying on the various crackpots who seem to be attracted to espionage tailoring analyses to the powers that be's expectations overestimating the organization of enemies not considering enough the open versus authoritarian nature of an opponent's system and how it can affect intelligence letting myth and religion influence interpretations While reading I created a mental picture of the author as an elderly man and I wasn't wrong I found the use of the archaic word “flamboyant” for homosexual men odd in today's open environment Also odd was the near universal avoidance of the role that people's sexuality can play in intelligence gathering and interpretation and the effect of being from a sexual minority especially a persecuted minority has on someone becoming a spy or a leaker or an assassin despite there being historical and current instances There was also scant mention of sexual blackmail and sexual manipulation in the spying game which I found hard to fathom considering both human nature and sexual bigotries that have existed through timeOne section in the last chapter especially caught my eye It is about autocrats and begins with a description of Irai dictator Saddam Hussein Autocrats are described as being by nature self delusional uneducated and ignorant irrational self destructive surrounded by sycophants and being people who put out false narratives that they come to believe and on which they make major decisions to disastrous effect The example of Saddam Hussein was offered to show that when dealing with autocrats analysts can be way off because the analyst can rarely get into the mind of a self deluded person What do they really believe No one really knows That is when you are in the danger zone of an unpredictable actor I received a review copy of this book; this is my honest review

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The Secret World Review Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ó ❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ The Secret World Author Christopher M. Andrew – The history of espionage is far older than any of today's intelligence agencies yet the long history of intelligence operations has been largelElizabethan England Revolutionary America Napoleonic France right up to sophisticated modern activities of which he is the world's best informed interpreter What difference have security and intelligence operations made to course of history Why have they so often forgotten by later practitioners This fascinating book provides the answer. Notes2020 04 09 Added to TBR after notification from GR friend Jon Rupinski