Brv - Buc


Bryan, George S. The Great American Myth. New York: Carrick & Evans, 1940. [Petersen]


Bryan, George S. The Spy in America. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1943.

Petersen terms Bryan's work "a classic survey on U.S. espionage from the American Revolution to World War I." For Constantinides, the book "only provides some entertaining reading and is obviously not to be relied on for thoroughness or total accuracy."


Bryant, Robert, et al. "Special Report: America Needs More Spies -- Intelligence and Security." Economist, U.S. edition, 12 Jul. 2003.


Bryden, John.

1. Best-Kept Secret: Canadian Secret Intelligence in the Second World War. Toronto: Lester Publishing, 1993.

For Surveillant 3.4/5, this is a "fascinating account of Canada's involvement in ULTRA intelligence." The author chronicles the activities of a "crack team of cryptographers who were essential to the Allied war effort." Bryden is "an investigative historian." Despite pointing out a considerable number of errors related to cryptologic matters, Kruh, Cryptologia 19.1, concludes that the author "provides a worthwhile and comprehensive account of Canada's secret intelligence contributions in World War II with new information and interesting details." Sexton gives Best-Kept Secret a "highly recommended" notation.

Brown, I&NS 10.3, complains that the book suffers from "periodic gaps in logic and arguments based on emotional appeal," and the author too often "avoid[s] putting forward a strong, well-thought-out and cohesive argument." In addition, Bryden "depicts the past in absolute terms, rather than offering a complex view of history.... [H]e conveys certainty where at present there can be none." The author's "main strengths lie in his treatment of individuals; his profiles and accounts of their actions are even-handed and fair.... The one exception is his surprisingly hostile depiction of Prime Minister Mackenzie King." Bryden's "footnotes are extensive and his work is based on a good deal of original research. But, in his pursuit of a popular audience, Bryden's research is undercut by his presentation."

2. Deadly Allies: Canada's Secret War, 1937-1947. Toronto: McClellan and Stewart, 1989.


Bryden, John. Fighting to Lose: How the German Secret Intelligence Service Helped the Allies Win the Second World War. Toronto: Dundurn, 2014.

Peake, Studies 59.1 (Mar. 2015), says this "attempt[] to rewrite the history of WW II intelligence ... is appalling history." For West, IJI&C 28.1 (Spring 2015), this book "is nothing if not an equal opportunity traducer of reputations and purveyor of indiscriminate smears.... [T]he wholesale rewriting of history ... should not be allowed to pass muster." The author has "pour[ed] tainted water on the pathway to knowledge."

[WWII/Eur/Germany/Canaris; UK/WWII/Services/MI5]

Brysac, Shareen Blair. Resisting Hitler: Mildred Harnack and the Red Orchestra. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

To Heusler, H-German, H-Net Reviews, Jan. 2005, the merit of this "biography lies ... in narrating for us the ... tragic story of a fascinating and courageous woman," who "was the only American woman executed in Nazi Germany -- on the personal instruction of Hitler. As a result of Brysac's research, the significance of alleged peripheral figures like Mildred Harnack for the internal structure of the 'Red Orchestra' and for the motives and actions of its well-known protagonists becomes clearer now."


Brzezinski, Matthew. Fortress America: On the Front Lines of Homeland Security, an Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State. New York: Bantam Books, 2004.


Brzezinski, Matthew. "U.S. Presses Russia to Free Espionage Suspect." Wall Street Journal, 19 Dec. 1997, A15.


Brzezinski, Zbigniew. Power and Principle: Memoirs of the National Security Advisor, 1977-1981. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1983.

The author was National Security Adviser for Jimmy Carter's one-term presidency. With the breakup of the Soviet Union, Brzezinski's longtime emphasis on the importance of the constituent republics and nationalities has been shown to be quite well grounded.

[CIA/70s/Gen; GenPostwar/70s/Gen&Iran]

Bubnov, Vasily. Tr., Dmitry Sudakov. "Central Intelligence Agency: Yesterday, Today, but Tomorrow?" Pravda.RU, 18 Sep. 2002. []

"CIA is being reorganized.... What is the CIA’s future? It is not very likely that it will occur to someone in Washington to abolish intelligence. Yet, there are no doubts that the American government will require more efficient work from this service."


Bucher, Lloyd M.

1. with Mark Rascovich. Bucher: My Story. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1970. New York: Dell, 1970. [pb]

The commander of the Pueblo tells his story.

2. "The Pueblo Incident: Commander Bucher Replies." Naval History 3, no. 1 (Winter 1989): 44-50.

The Pueblo's commander is responding to critical remarks contained in an earlier article: Naval History, Editors, "Pueblo Incident." 2, no. 4 (Fall 1988), 53-59.


Buckland, Charles Stephen. "Un espion hollandais à la solde de l'Angleterre 1811-1813" [A Dutch spy in the pay of England 1811-1813]. Revue des études napoléoniennes 33 (1924): 182-99. [Royal Historical Society Database]


Buckelew, Alvin H. Terrorism and the American Response. San Rafael, CA: Mira Academic Press, 1984. [Petersen]


Buckley, John. "Air Power in the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-45." Journal of Contemporary History 28 (Jan. 1993): 143-161.

Sexton notes the author's argument that "air power was the decisive factor in the Atlantic campaign, not Comint or HF/DF. Well worth reading."


Buckman, John. "Brainwashing, LSD, and the CIA: Historical and Ethical Perspectives." International Journal of Social Psychology 23 (Spring 1977): 8-19. [Petersen]


Buckmaster, Maurice J.

Seaman, I&NS 20.1 (Mar. 2005), 32, comments that these two books "concentrated upon drama at the expense of veracity."

1. Specially Employed: The Story of British Aid to French Patriots of the Resistance. London: Batchworth Press, 1952.

According to Constantinides, Buckmaster was head of SOE's F Section during World War II and, therefore, "was in a position to provide much more information than he did." Foot's SOE in France deals "more comprehensively with the subject than this volume."

2. They Fought Alone: The Story of British Agents in France. London: Odhams, 1958. New York: Norton, 1958.

Constantinides says this is an "improvement over the author's first book.... Foot's comment in SOE in France is that there is no claim that this new book is completely accurate." Chambers calls the book "typical of post-WWII books. No scruples or quibbles and the author is at the heart of things."

[UK/WWII/Services/SOE; WWII/Eur/Fr/Resistance]

Buckow, Anjana. Zwischen Propaganda und Realpolitik: Die USA und der sowjetisch besetzte Teil Deutschlands 1945-1955. USA-Studies 13. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2003.

von Buelow, H-German, H-Net Reviews, Oct. 2004, notes that the author discusses "the activities of RIAS (the famous broadcasting station in the American sector of Berlin) and various other propaganda efforts, particularly those aimed at East Germany's youth." However, Buckow concentrates "exclusively on the perceptions of a small group of American military and diplomatic policy-makers." Her "meticulous research could have paid more attention to the perceptions of the U.S. intelligence community, particularly since this group played a critical function during the Cold War (especially in Berlin), not merely in their role as furnishers of secret information to policy-makers but also as covert actors." (footnote omitted)

[CA/Psyops; GenPostwar/40s/Gen & 50s/Gen; Germany/Gen]

Return to B Table of Contents

Return to Alphabetical Table of Contents