Books: How to Spy Without Being Caught Trying

A SHORT COURSE IN THE SECRET WAR (314 pp.)—Christopher Felix—Dutton ($5).

The cold war provides the proper natal temperature at which secret agents are born and flourish. This book, by a pseudonymous author who served the U.S. Government in a variety of intrigues over a 16-year period, aims at—and intelligently succeeds in—explaining the theory and purpose of cloak-and-dagger work. It also argues that every serious U.S. failure, from the U-2 to the Bay of Pigs, "has either been caused or compounded by those responsible ignoring or brushing aside the classic principles of secret operations."

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