Spies, Wiretaps, and Secret Operations
An Encyclopedia of American Espionage
by Glenn P. Hastedt, Editor
December 2010, 900pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-85109-807-1
$208, £160, 181€, A285
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From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror, spies and spying have been a central component of the nation’s efforts to confront its enemies and protect its citizens. Recent controversies, from revelations of rogue agents in the 1990s to incomplete pre- and post-9/11 intelligence, only emphasize how important it is to understand the role of espionage in our national defense.

A comprehensive two-volume overview and analysis of all facets of espionage in the American historical experience, focusing on key individuals and technologies.

In two volumes, Spies, Wiretaps, and Secret Operation: An Encyclopedia of American Espionage ranges across history to provide a comprehensive, thoroughly up-to-date introduction to spying in the United States—why it is done, who does it (both for and against the United States), how it is done, and what its ultimate impact has been.

The encyclopedia includes hundreds of entries in chronologically organized sections that cover espionage by and within the United States from colonial times to the 21st century. Entries cover key individuals, technologies, and events in the history of American espionage. Volume two offers overviews of important agencies in the American intelligence community and intelligence organizations in other nations (both allies and adversaries), plus details of spy trade techniques, and a concluding section on the portrayal of espionage in literature and film. The result is a cornerstone resource that moves beyond the Cold War-centric focus of other works on the subject to offer an authoritative contemporary look at American espionage efforts past and present.


  • Includes over 750 entries in chronologically organized sections, covering important spies, spying technologies, and events
  • Written by an expert team of contributing scholars from a variety of fields within history and political science
  • Provides a chronology of key events related to the use of espionage by the United States or by enemies within our borders
  • A glossary of key espionage terms
  • An extensive bibliography of print and electronic resources for further reading
  • Photos of key individuals plus maps of geographical locations and military engagements where espionage played an important role
Glenn P. Hastedt, PhD, is professor and chair of the Justice Studies Department at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, specializing in American foreign policy.


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