The Spy in America

Title:                      The Spy in America

Author:                 George S. Bryan

Bryan, George S. (1943). The Spy in America. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott

LCCN:    43010285

UB270 .B7


Date Updated:  October 21, 2015

Reviewed by George C. Constantinides[1]

Bryan says this was written for the general reader, and the style conforms with the intent. Covering the period from the American Revolution up to and including World War I, the author gives “enlivening tales of hardihood and courage.” These stories of derring-do are presented with a certain sense of awe, the only exception being the last chapter on German espionage and sabotage in the United States in World War I. Bryan’s indignation at such German doings is without doubt explained by the time of writing. This only provides some entertaining reading and is obviously not to be relied on for thoroughness or total accuracy. Bryan does not question many of the Civil War stories he retells and obviously is not conscious of many other aspects of American espionage in the years of peace.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[2]

A brief, popular history of American intelligence from the Revolutionary War through the First World War.

[1] Constantinides, George C. (1983). Intelligence and Espionage: An Analytical Bibliography. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, p. 98

[2] 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.


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