Why Spy?: On the Art of Intelligence (Paperback)
  • Why Spy?: On the Art of Intelligence (Paperback)
zoom

Why Spy?: On the Art of Intelligence (Paperback)

(author), (author)
£19.99
Paperback Published: 26/03/2020
  • In stock

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket
Why Spy? is the result of Brian Stewart's seventy years of working in, and studying the uses and abuses of, intelligence in the real world. Few books currently available to those involved either as professionals or students in this area have been written by someone like the present author, who has practical experience both of field work and of the intelligence bureaucracy at home and abroad. It relates successes and failures via case studies, and draws conclusions that should be pondered by all those concerned with the limitations and usefulness of the intelligence product, as well as with how to avoid the tendency to abuse or ignore it when its conclusions do not fit with preconceived ideas. It reminds the reader of the multiplicity of methods and organisations and the wide range of talents making up the intelligence world.The co-author, scholar Samantha Newbery, examines such current issues as the growth of intelligence studies in universities, and the general emphasis throughout the volume is on the necessity of embracing a range of sources, including police, political, military and overt, to ensure that secret intelligence is placed in as wide a context as possible when decisions are made.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781787383357
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Brian Stewart's musings on his long career in intelligence-related work--ably aided by the researcher Samantha Newbery--have the aroma of a good whisky, well-distilled. . . His book reads like an extended ambassadorial valedictory, as they used to be--and is all the better for it.' - The Spectator

'[F]ascinating … [Why Spy's] four parts are divided into 13 short chapters, which are in fact concise essays on all aspects of spying. The chapters on types of intelligence, how intelligence is (or should be) assessed and deception operations are riveting, full of illuminating detail.' - The Scotsman

'Drawing on a lifetime of personal experience and wisdom Brian Stewart, together with his co-author Samantha Newbury, explains why nations engage in espionage and how intelligence can impact on policy-making for good or ill. The authors do not shy away from addressing the more controversial aspects of intelligence work but make a convincing case that in this arena issues cannot be seen in black or white terms. This book, written with a deceptively light touch, is an important contribution to the field of intelligence studies.' - Nigel Inkster, Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS, and former Director of Operations and Intelligence for the British Secret Intelligence Service

'an interesting, thoughtful and readable book … There is much to ponder over' - Asian Affairs

'It is most unusual for a seasoned British official to write a book about intelligence. Brian Stewart, in this most remarkable and fascinating account, describes some of his experiences whilst reflecting on the deeper meaning of intelligence. His co-writer, Samantha Newbury, has added a wealth of secondary references to ensure that this is a book for the academic, the aficionado, and the spy.' - Michael Goodman, Reader in Intelligence and International Affairs, Department of War Studies, King's College, London and Official Historian of the Joint Intelligence Committee

'Stewart … argues from deep experience with intelligence in the Malayan crisis, service as a diplomat in Hanoi, as secretary to the Joint Intelligence Committee, and long experience in China. … [His book is] elegantly written and a delight to read.' - The World Today

'Why Spy? is a great introduction to the intelligence field, especially for American consumers of intelligence: the policy-maker and the military decision-maker.' - Parameters (US Army War College)

You may also be interested in...

A Spy Alone
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
A Thief's Justice
Added to basket
How Spies Think
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
White Eagles Over Serbia
Added to basket
Agent Sonya
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
A Spy Among Friends
Added to basket
The Ratline
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Spy and the Traitor
Added to basket
Women in Intelligence
Added to basket
£25.00   £21.99
Hardback
The Lion House
Added to basket
Agent Zigzag
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Codebreaking Sisters
Added to basket
The Private Life of Spies
Added to basket
Spymaster
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
The Secret War
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Spies
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: