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Harris, Charles H., III, and Louis R. Sadler. The Archaeologist Was a Spy:  Sylvannus G. Morley and the Office of Naval Intelligence. Albuquerque, NM:  University of New Mexico Press, 2003. 

Peake, Studies 47.3, notes that Morley "was a 33-year-old Harvard-trained archaeologist studying the Mayan civilization in Mexico and Central America" when in 1917 he proposed to ONI that "he and a group of colleagues serve as agents in Central America." They were "to provide data on German, and later Japanese, efforts to establish submarine bases in the region.... The authors deal in some detail with ONI organizational problems, agent communications, relationships with American firms in the area, and the problems of maintaining cover when suspected of being spies." This work "is well documented with copies of Morley reports and primary source citations."

For Brooks, NIPQ 19.3, the authors have clearly documented Morley's work with ONI, providing "almost day-to-day accounts of his exploits." Beyond that, however, they "have made an even greater contribution to the history of ONI by obtaining the declassification of ONI records of the World War I era which document the far-flung nature of ONI agent operations." See also, Jamie Bisher, "Hunt for Superweapons, Circa 1918," The Submarine Review, Jul. 2004.

[LA/Mexico; MI/Navy/To19; WWI/U.S.]

Harris, Charles H., III, and Louis R. Sadler. The Border and the Revolution: Clandestine Activities of the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920. Silver City, NM: High-Lonesome Books, 1988. [pb]

Surveillant 1.3 notes that the authors' thesis is "that the modern American intelligence community began during the period of the Mexican Revolution." Archer, I&NS 7.3, comments that the chapters here were first published as separate essays, a fact made clear by the episodic nature of the book. This is not a comprehensive study of clandestine activities along the U.S.-Mexican border in the second decade of the 20th century. There is research here from previously unexplored sources, but the work "does not change major interpretations of the Mexican Revolution."

[Historical/U.S./ToWWI; LA/Mexico; WWI/Zimmermann]

Harris, Charles H., III, and Louis R. Sadler. The Secret War in El Paso: Mexican Revolutionary Intrigue, 1906-1920. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2009.

For Benbow, Studies 53.4 (Dec. 2009), the authors' "story flows smoothly," and they "write with wit and humor." Although "Harris and Sadler failed to discuss in sufficient detail ... the role of third-party actors,... the book is well-done and should be read by anyone interested in the Mexican Revolution or in American intelligence operations in the years before the development of formal intelligence processes."

[Historical/U.S./ToWWI; LA/Mexico; WWI/U.S.]

Harris, David. The Crisis: The President, the Prophet, and the Shah -- 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam. New York: Little, Brown, 2004.

Ajami, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2004, calls the author a "storyteller" whose "readable book" is filled "with the texture and passions of the U.S.-Iranian relationship." For Harris, the crisis of 1979 is "where the communal antagonism that led to Sept. 11, 2001 truly begins."


Harris, David. Shooting the Moon: The True Story of an American Manhunt Unlike Any Other, Ever. New York and London: Little, Brown, 2001.

Clark comment: This book is about the background to the invasion of Panama to capture Manuel Noreiga, not the invasion itself. I have no idea at this point whether Harris' work falls on the side of "truth" or belongs to the realm of conspiracy theory. Nevertheless, the fact of the United States attacking and invading another nation for the purpose of capturing that nation's leader, removing him to the United States, and placing him on trial for violations of U.S. law continues to give me sinking feelings in the stomach.

Certainly, Chapman, IJI&C 15.2, was impressed with what Harris presents: "Before reading Shooting the Moon, I believed Noriega was a cruel, lowlife, drug tafficking S.O.B., but now I have very serious doubts about the whole thing. The man may be innocent and deserves a new trial."


Harris, Francis. "FBI Cracks Down on China's Elusive Army of Amateur Spies." Telegraph (London), 17 Aug. 2005. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

"The FBI is deploying hundreds of new agents across America to crack down on spying by a small army of Chinese agents who are stealing information designed to kick-start high-tech military and business programmes. The new counter-intelligence strategy reflects growing alarm at the damage being done by spies hidden among the 700,000 Chinese visitors entering the US each year."

[FBI/00s/05; China/U.S.]

Harris, Francis. "KGB Attack Provoked Velvet Revolution." Telegraph (London), 16 Nov. 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

"Senior KGB officers were covertly involved in the unprovoked police assault on students in Prague 10 years ago [17 November 1989] that sparked Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution and led to the fall of communism.... [D]ocumentary evidence of the KGB's role has survived. It shows that two senior officers [Gen. Viktor Grushko and Gen. Genady Teslenko] were in Prague at the time of the revolution."

[OtherCountries/Czech/CW; Russia/45-89]

Harris, Francis, and Michael Smith. "MI6 Man Is Named by Czechs in Sacking Row." Telegraph (London), 3 Feb. 1999. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

On 2 February 1999, "MI6 was forced to consider withdrawing its man in Prague ... after renegade Czech security officers named him and disclosed that he was a homosexual living with another man." Christopher Hurran "was identified after members of the Czech security service, BIS, blamed him for their boss's sacking. Mr Hurran's name, sexual orientation and pictures of his house were broadcast by Czech television and carried in several newspapers."

[OtherCountries/Czech/PostCW; UK/PostCW/90s/99]

Harris, Gail, with Pam Mclaughlin. A Woman's War: The Professional and Personal Journey of the Navy's First African American Female Intelligence Officer. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2010.

Reddig, NIPQ 26.2 (Jun. 2010), notes that when the author "retired in 2001, she was the highest ranking African-American female in the Navy.... This book is very human in scale, approachable and inspirational." Peake, Studies 54.4 (Dec. 2010), comments that this "is an inspirational story for career intelligence professionals in general and for African American women in particular. A really valuable contribution to the intelligence literature." Peterson, AIJ 29.1 (2011), says that this "book is full of ideas, advice, historical moments, and life. It is not a heavy read..... [I]t is a story of determination, perseverance, spirituality, and success."

[MI/Navy/Overviews; Women/ColdWar/U.S.Military]

Harris, Jeffrey K. "Meeting the Challenge Then, Now and Tomorrow: The National Reconnaissance Office Enters the 21st Century." American Intelligence Journal 16, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 1995): 27-31.

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space and Director, NRO.


Harris, John A. "Industrial Espionage in the Eighteenth Century." Industrial Archaeology 7 (1985): 127-138. [Calder]


Harris, John F. "Barak Emissary Meets Clinton Aide to Lobby for Spy's Pardon, Release." Washington Post, 20 Dec. 1999, A12. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to U.S. officials, "Moshe Kochnovsky, a senior official in the Israeli Defense Ministry, met with White House counsel Beth Nolan to make the latest case in a long- standing Israeli appeal that Pollard be freed from prison and allowed to emigrate."


Harris, John F., and R. Jeffrey Smith. "An Irresistible Force that Moved Clinton." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 20-26 May 1995, 33.

The writers discuss John Deutch's personality as an important factor in the President's decision to give him cabinet rank as DCI.


Harris, John F., and R. Jeffrey Smith. "What Sank Tony Lake? The CIA Nominee Was Imperiled from the Start, but Many Agree that the System Went 'Haywire.'" Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 24 Mar. 1997, 12.


Harris, John F., and Vernon Loeb. "Spy Case Tests U.S. Openness With China; Engagement Policy Failing, Critics Say." Washington Post, 14 Mar. 1999, A1. "Is the U.S. Too Engaging with China?" Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 22 Mar. 1999, 15-16.

"At its heart, the Los Alamos case remains a mystery. The prime suspect, Chinese American scientist Wen Ho Lee, was fired ... by Energy Secretary Bill Richardson after failing an FBI polygraph test.... But government sources acknowledge that he may never be charged, noting that FBI agents secretly investigated him while he performed his duties from June 1996 almost up until the point when he was polygraphed last month. They never had enough evidence to obtain a wiretap to monitor his calls or a warrant to search his home."


Harris, J.P. "British Military Intelligence and the Rise of German Mechanized Forces, 1929-40." Intelligence and National Security 6, no. 2 (Apr. 1991): 395-417.

"Considering the very limited means of collecting information at its disposal, the British general staff had formed, as early as November 1934, an extraordinarily good picture of the way in which military doctrine in Germany was likely to develop and the way in which the German armed forces were likely to operate in the opening stages of a future war."

[Germany/Interwar; UK/Interwar/30s][c]

Harris, John Raymond. Industrial Espionage and Technology Transfer: Britain and France in the Eighteenth Century. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 1998.

[France/Historical; UK/Historical]

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