Three Thousand Years of Espionage

Title:                      Three Thousand Years of Espionage

Author:                  Kurt D. Singer

Singer, Kurt D. (1948, 1970), ed. Three Thousand Years of Espionage: An Anthology of the World’s Greatest Spy Stories. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press

LCCN:    74136654

UB270 .S55 1970


Date Updated:  August 30, 2016

This is a review by the Defense Intelligence School.[1]

A reprint of a collection of short articles by different authors concerning espionage episodes from the twelve spies of Moses through World War II to the Cold War period. The collection is particularly good for the discussion of the techniques of espionage in ancient and Renaissance times, such as the use of churchmen as government agents. Articles also cover espionage in the Russo-Japanese War and the Spanish American War. A handy reference.

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

In this early post-World War II anthology, Singer has brought together. thirty-eight accounts of espionage beginning in biblical times and ending with World War II and the immediate postwar period. Published too early to include much of a definitive nature on World War II and the postwar era, the anthology has little to offer here. Singer, an author on intelligence with experience in underground work in Germany prior to 1940, wrote five of the accounts. Five others were written by the intelligence history authority, Richard Rowan.

[1] 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. 57

[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. 142


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