Burn - Burs


Burn, Michael. The Debatable Land: A Study of the Motives of Spies in Two Ages. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1970.

Concerns spycraft in the Elizabethan era. Michael Burn died 3 September 2010. William Grimes, "Michael Burn, Writer and Adventurer, Dies at 97," New York Times, 14 Sep. 2010. Meic Stephens, "Michael Burn Obituary," Guardian, 23 Sep. 2010.


Burnett, Edmund C. "Ciphers of the Revolutionary Period." American Historical Review 22 (Jan. 1917): 329-334. [Petersen]


Burnham, David. "The Silent Power of the NSA." New York Times Magazine (27 Mar. 1983): 60, 62-64, 66-67. [Petersen]


Burnham, George Pickering. Memoirs of the United States Secret Service: (compiled by permission, from the department records) with accurate portraits of prominent members of the detective force, some of their most notable captures, and a brief account of the life of Col. H.C. Whitley, chief of the division. Boston: Lee & Shephard, 1872.

[CivWar/Un/Gen ; OtherAgencies/Treasury]

Burnham, James. Web of Subversion: Underground Networks in the U.S. Government. New York: John Day, 1954.

Kristol, Commentary, Jun. 1954, says the author "presents a terse and lucid summary of what has been discovered by various investigating committees about Communist espionage networks" in the U.S. government. Burnham "knows his subject thoroughly and has a very orderly mind, [and] his book is a useful one.... Those Who prefer to regard Whittaker Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley as pathological liars,... are not likely to be influenced" by Burnham, "despite the fact that he has meticulously avoided all sensationalism." Although this "is a good book, there are far too many rough passages in it, when the mind reels and the ground seems to slip beneath one's feet."


Burnham, John J. [CAPT/USN] "Adapting the Force to the Fight." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 135, no. 7 (Jul. 2009): 22-27.

Naval Special Warfare's "traditional operations now include even more -- and faster -- irregular warfare. This is not going to change anytime soon."


Burnham, Philip. "Unlikely Recruits: Indians Scouting for America." MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 17, no. 3 (Spring 1999): 78-85.

The author does not focus on the intelligence role that the Indian scouts played for the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars. The article is nonetheless worth reading for the light shed on the use of Native Americans as scouts and soldiers.



Burrin, Philippe. La France a l'heure allemande. Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1995. Living with Defeat: France under the German Occupation, 1940-1944. London: Arnold, 1996.

According to Amdur, H-France/http://www.h-net.org (Jul. 1997), the author's "study focuses on the varied forms of French 'adaptation' or 'accommodation' (beyond simple collaboration) to German hegemony, including behaviors by government leaders, sectors of civil society, and partisan groups of assorted persuasions.... [T]his rich study presents much new material and adds depth and detail to familiar generalizations. It is thoroughly documented with primary and many lesser-known secondary sources, in both French and German."


Burris, William C. "The Uses of History in Intelligence Analysis." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 6, no. 3 (Fall 1993): 297-301.

See William Hood's negative response in "Reader's Forum," IJI&C 6.4.


Burrows, Simon. "Despotism Without Bounds: The French Secret Police and the Silencing of Dissent in London, 1760-1790." History 89, no. 296 (2004): 525-548.


Burrows, William E. By Any Means Necessary: America's Secret Air War in the Cold War. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001.

A Publisher's Weekly, 13 Aug. 2001, reviewer congratulates the author for his "superb research and steller writing." Burrows uses "a host of personal interviews, among his many sources." And he "also examines the issue of intelligence gathering from the Soviet viewpoint." Kirkus Review, 15 July 2001, sees this book as "[a]n unquestionably valuable service, well-written and tremendously informed, for the families of airmen lost during the Cold War -- and for everyone else now beginning to process the meaning of that part of recent history."


Burrows, William E. Deep Black: Space Espionage and National Security. New York: Random House, 1987. New York: Berkley Publishing Group, 1988. [pb] London: Bantam Press, 1988. [pb]

Burston, Bradley. "Former Chief of Israeli Spy Agency to Be Barak's Top Aide." Philadelphia Inquirer, 31 May 1999. [http://www.phillynews.com]

On 30 May 1999, Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak named the former head of Mossad, Danny Yatom, as his chief of staff. Yatom resigned as head of Mossad in 1998 following the failed assassination attempt against Khaled Meshal in Jordan in September 1997 and the arrest in February 1998 in Bern, Switzerland, of a Mossad agent trying to bug the home of a suspected Hezbollah supporter.


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