American Spies: Espionage against the United States from the Cold War to the Present

American Spies: Espionage against the United States from the Cold War to the Present

by Michael J. Sulick

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Overview

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, i.e., 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626160088
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 179,915
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction

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

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

About the Author

Index

What People are Saying About This

Peter Earnest

This and Sulick’s first volume describe some of the most damaging spies in our history with gripping accounts of their motives, espionage, and the temper of the times. The detailed, often compelling accounts fascinate. But more importantly, they sound a loud warning buzzer to once again challenge our near chronic disbelief—even today—about the extent of spying directed against America and the perennial readiness of some to betray it.

Michael Hayden

As director of CIA, I found my regular counterintelligence briefings to be depressing affairs: how could seemingly loyal, normal Americans stoop to (at best) ill-advised and (too frequently) disloyal and illegal behavior. If only I had had the chance to read Mike Sulick's American Spies, I might have known and better understood. Sulick's readable style and obvious espionage expertise translate into an expert's view of what has motivated betrayal by Americans in the modern era. His narrative reads like a fictional page-turner but with a practitioner's understanding of a real world where betrayal has become far too common. This is a must-read if one hopes to understand what it will take to keep America's secrets secret.

Hayden Peake

Drawing on a long career in the CIA’s clandestine service, Michael Sulick’s survey of espionage in America during and after the Cold War presents balanced analytical comparative case summaries that emphasize the most significant operations that challenged American intelligence agencies. Fascinating stories, well written, and a much needed contribution to the literature. For a basic understanding of America’s contemporary espionage history—read this book!

From the Publisher

"This and Sulick's first volume describe some of the most damaging spies in our history with gripping accounts of their motives, espionage, and the temper of the times. The detailed, often compelling accounts fascinate. But more importantly, they sound a loud warning buzzer to once again challenge our near chronic disbelief—even today—about the extent of spying directed against America and the perennial readiness of some to betray it."—Peter Earnest, executive director, International Spy Museum

"In this, his second volume of Spying in America, retired intelligence officer and historian Michael Sulick presents vividly to readers how America, as a primary intelligence target of foreign countries and groups, protects against these attacks within the competing democratic challenges of national security and civil liberties. Sulick's extensive research gives a professional's up-to-date analysis of Russian, Chinese, and Cuban successes, and introduces us to the newer threats from terrorist organizations and cyber espionage."—Burton Gerber, retired CIA senior operations officer

"Drawing on a long career in the CIA's clandestine service, Michael Sulick's survey of espionage in America during and after the Cold War presents balanced analytical comparative case summaries that emphasize the most significant operations that challenged American intelligence agencies. Fascinating stories, well written, and a much needed contribution to the literature. For a basic understanding of America's contemporary espionage history—read this book!"—Hayden Peake, intelligence bibliographer, Curator of CIA Historical Intelligence Collection

"As director of CIA, I found my regular counterintelligence briefings to be depressing affairs: how could seemingly loyal, normal Americans stoop to (at best) ill-advised and (too frequently) disloyal and illegal behavior. If only I had had the chance to read Mike Sulick's American Spies, I might have known and better understood. Sulick's readable style and obvious espionage expertise translate into an expert's view of what has motivated betrayal by Americans in the modern era. His narrative reads like a fictional page-turner but with a practitioner's understanding of a real world where betrayal has become far too common. This is a must-read if one hopes to understand what it will take to keep America's secrets secret."—Michael Hayden, General USAF (Retired), former director of CIA, former director of NSA

Burton Gerber

In this, his second volume of Spying in America, retired intelligence officer and historian Michael Sulick presents vividly to readers how America, as a primary intelligence target of foreign countries and groups, protects against these attacks within the competing democratic challenges of national security and civil liberties. Sulick’s extensive research gives a professional’s up-to-date analysis of Russian, Chinese, and Cuban successes, and introduces us to the newer threats from terrorist organizations and cyber espionage.

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