Espionage And Counterespionage

Title:                      Espionage And Counterespionage

Author:                Arthur George Joseph (Arch) Whitehouse

Whitehouse, Arthur George Joseph (1964). Espionage And Counterespionage; Adventures in Military Intelligence. Garden City, NY: Doubleday

LCCN:    64019221

UB250 .W5

Date Updated:  February 24, 2016


Whitehouse de-romanticizes spying and his book includes much information about the exploits of zealous amateurs. This is a compendium of adventures in military intelligence. Spying is traced from the time of Moses (who sent twelve agents into the land of Canaan) through Caesar’s invasion of Britain up to Benedict Arnold, the Civil War and World Wars I and II. Horribly enough, military intelligence today is often based on brainwashed collaborators. Sub rosa communication during atomic warfare will be quite taxing according to the author.

Reviewed by George C. Constantinides[1]

Whitehouse served as a war correspondent in Europe in World War II. He later wrote a number of popular war histories. This he called the story of military intelligence from the point of view of those involved and the record of “the everyday operations of agents.” Aside from a couple of segments (on the incident of the loss of the courier near Spain just prior to the invasion of North Africa, the Australian coast watchers, and Landau’s military intelligence operations in World War I), there is nothing to recommend this to the serious student of intelligence. Whitehouse has written a series of war stories in which military intelligence may or may not figure. His writing of the tactical moves at the Battle of Jutland and not including the crucial role of Room 40 and the errors in communicating intelligence is a case in point. Another is his putting the special sabotage operations of midget subs and frogmen or the work of the underwater demolitions men in the category of military intelligence when the long descriptions he gives barely mention any intelligence-collection work. He can mislead on the importance of particular events or agents: an instance that comes to mind is his magnifying out of proportion the work of the Japanese agents, the Kühns, on Pearl Harbor.

This is a review by the Defense Intelligence School.[2]

A journalistic account of the history of U.S. military intelligence. Includes WWI and WWII incidents several of which are not covered in similar books. One of the few books that emphasizes military intelligence case studies.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[3]

This prolific author of books on military subjects has pulled together a number of stories of military intelligence ranging from the American Civil War to the present, with emphasis on World Wars I and II.

[1] Constantinides, George C. (1983). Intelligence and Espionage: An Analytical Bibliography. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, p. 484

[2] Defense Intelligence School (1981). Bibliography of Intelligence Literature: A Critical And Annotated Bibliography of Open-Source Literature (7th ed, rev.). Washington, DC: Defense Intelligence School, p. 72

[3] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 70


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