Joseph C. Goulden


Goulden, Joseph C.

1. [Writing as Henry S.A. Becket] The Dictionary of Espionage: Spookspeak into English. New York: Stein & Day, 1986.

Hood, IJI&C 1.2, sees the work as having "a little something for everyone. Old hands will bolster their egos by finding fault with some of the definitions; intelligence groupies will (at their peril) find slang enough to bewilder their unwary listeners; and historians will uncover odd bits of secondhand data, and more than a few serious errors."

2. The Dictionary of Espionage: Spyspeak into English. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2012.

For Srodes, Intelligencer 19.1 (Winter-Spring 2012), and Washington Times, 2 Mar. 2012, "this accessibly written book ... illuminates and defines much of the standard jargon of the Intelligence Community with refreshing asides about many of spying's urban legends." It also "gives the reader a useful grounding in the history of intelligence services generally."

Peake, Studies 56.3 (Sep. 2012), finds that "many [entries] are accurate, [but] some miss the mark." Regrettably, "the entries are not sourced and the bibliography is out of date." Although this "is a good place to start ... it is not comprehensive."


Goulden, Joseph C. Korea: The Untold Story of the War. New York: Time Books, 1982.

Petersen: "Goulden's treatment [of the Korean war] reflects use of archival sources in rendering sound judgment on intelligence matters."


Goulden, Joseph C. "The Mercenary Life." Intelligence Quarterly 1, no. 2 (1985): 1-4.


Goulden, Joseph C. "The Rogue of Rogues." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 1, no. 1 (Spring 1986): 76-82.

Goulden argues for a law requiring former intelligence officials, civilian or military, to report for five years after leaving the government for whom they are working and the nature of their duties. Writers certainly are expected come up with "solutions" to the problems they raise; nevertheless, Goulden's argument does not have either the force of practicality or necessity on its side.


Goulden, Joseph C. Truth Is the First Casualty: The Gulf of Tonkin Affair -- Illusion and Reality. New York: Rand McNally, 1969.

Goulden, Joseph C., with Alexander W. Raffio Death Merchant: The Rise and Fall of Edwin P. Wilson. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Clark comment: Wilson had a CIA contract job 1955-1971 and a contract with ONI's Task Force 157 1971-1976. The illicit dealings with Libya, for which he was eventually convicted, did not begin until after 1976. Lowenthal reminds us that Death Merchant "is based largely on interviews with former Wilson associates." Pforzheimer calls the book "a well-written, carefully researched account."


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