Posts Tagged ‘spy books’

The CIA, Bohemian Grove, Tom Clancy (and the Fake Moustache)

The CIA, Bohemian Grove, Tom Clancy (and the Fake Moustache)

In 1988 CIA director William Webster attended the Bohemian Grove, where he gave a lakeside talk about intelligence matters.  His speech, now available to the public for the first time, is both amusing and at times shocking.  From Tom Clancy to a voyeuristic child who wanted to join the Agency, ...
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Spy Culture in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Spy Culture in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology

It is with some pride that I can announce that the American Journal of Economics and Sociology has today published an edition featuring not just one, not just one and a half but two articles that I wrote.  The latest issue of AJES focuses on the role of the CIA ...
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Subscriber Podcast #4 - The Spy Novel that Predicted Trump

Subscriber Podcast #4 – The Spy Novel that Predicted Trump

The Twentieth Day in January was published in 1980 and tells the story of an MI6 officer discovering that the Russian government is blackmailing the incoming president. In this subscriber-only podcast we take a look at the book and dwell a little on its implications, and I offer my views ...
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What Connects Jack Valenti, E Howard Hunt and The Godfather?

What Connects Jack Valenti, E Howard Hunt and The Godfather?

On the face of it former CIA officer, Watergate burglar and confessed JFK assassin E Howard Hunt shouldn't have had much to do with former MPAA president Jack Valenti.  They both served in WW2 (Hunt in the OSS, Valenti in the Army Air Forces) and both died in 2007.  They ...
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NSA Report on John le Carré Novels

NSA Report on John le Carré Novels

Recently made available by Cryptome this NSA report originally appeared in an issue of their publication Cryptolog in 1992.  It examines the role that signals intelligence (SIGINT) plays in the storylines of several John le Carré novels and considers whether the inaccuracies and limitations in these portrayals are of benefit ...
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CIA Documents on Scorpio - The First Movie to Film at Langley

CIA Documents on Scorpio – The First Movie to Film at Langley

Scorpio holds the dubious distinction of being the first film to be allowed to shoot at the CIA headquarters in Langley.  Since then the likes of Patriot Games and Argo are among a very small number to have been granted that privilege.  It has otherwise been overlooked in favour of ...
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FBI investigated Richard Condon over The Manchurian Candidate

FBI investigated Richard Condon over The Manchurian Candidate

Author and publicist Richard Condon is best remembered for writing The Manchurian Candidate - a biting futuristic satire in which a Medal of Honor winning soldier is brainwashed by the Soviets to try to assassinate the US president.  The FBI files on Condon and his most famous book draw numerous ...
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The CIA and Hollywood 10 - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

The CIA and Hollywood 10 – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Aaron Franz joins us to discuss the 2002 biopic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which tells the story of game show producer and host Chuck Barris.  Barris claims that while becoming a TV star he was recruited by and worked for the CIA as an assassin, killing a total of ...
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Graham Greene's FBI File

Graham Greene’s FBI File

Graham Greene was one of the most important novelists of the 20th century, and one of the greatest spy novelists of all time.  He also holds the dubious honour of having worked for MI6 during WW2 but being spied on by the FBI as a suspected Communist.  Few spies have ...
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ClandesTime 075 - The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part II: The Government Connections

ClandesTime 075 – The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part II: The Government Connections

Tom Clancy's books are known for their technical accuracy, their political realism and their curious ability to foreshadow future events.  In this episode we explore his government connections - to the FBI, CIA, Pentagon and the White House.  We examine whether these connections are what enabled Clancy to write such ...
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