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Maas, Peter. Killer Spy: The Inside Story of the FBI's Pursuit and Capture of Aldrich Ames, America's Deadliest Spy. New York: Warner, 1995.

Clark comment: The subtitle here clearly establishes the author's point of view -- that of the FBI -- a circumstance not unexpected given the "exceptional cooperation" (Author's Note) he had from the Bureau.

For Arana-Ward, WPNWE (19-25 Jun. 1995), Maas' book "moves as swiftly as a police procedural, putting the reader in the bureau's shoes.... Ames ... is portrayed as the dreamy actor in the thrall of a scheming woman... What is troubling about Maas's book is its lack of sourcing. Dialogue is unaccounted for and thoughts seem pulled from the blue.... 'Killer Spy' is meant to be a whiz-bang read, not a sober work to be quoted with confidence."

Peake, CIRA Newsletter 22.2, concludes that overall Killer Spy "is an interesting summary, though it is not well sourced and -- inexcusably -- it lacks an index." The Surveillant 14.1 reviewer suggests that "Maas has had superb access to the FBI case agents handling Nightmover and ... he follows the case step-by-step in a you-are-there manner."


Maas, Peter. Manhunt: The Incredible Pursuit of a CIA Agent Turned Terrorist. New York: Random House, 1986. New York: Jove Books, 1987. [pb]

Miller, IJI&C 3.3 says that Maas tells the "story of how prosecuting attorney E. Lawrence Barcella, Jr. tracked down Edwin P. Wilson ... skillfully and well"; this is a "good read at any level."

Mabee, Carleton. "Margaret Mead and Behaviorial Scientists in World War II: Problems of Responsibility, Truth and Effectiveness." Journal of History of the Behavioral Sciences 23 (1987): 3-13.

See Margaret Mead, "Anthropological Contributions to National Policies during and Immediately after World War II," In The Uses of Anthropology, ed. Walter Goldschmidt, 145-157 (Washington, DC: American Anthropolgical Association, 1979).


Macartney, John.

MacAskill, Ewen, Julian Borger, Nick Hopkins, Nick Davies, and James Ball. "GCHQ Taps Fibre-Optic Cables for Secret Access to World's Communications." Guardian, 21 Jun. 2013. [http://www.guardian.co.uk]

GCHQ has the "ability to tap into and store huge volumes of data drawn from fibre-optic cables for up to 30 days so that it can be sifted and analysed. That operation, codenamed Tempora, has been running for some 18 months.... The existence of the programme has been disclosed in documents shown to the Guardian by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden."


MacCloskey, Monro.

MacDonald, Alasdair. "Did Intelligence Matter? Espionage in Later Medieval Anglo-Scottish Relations." In  Intelligence, Statecraft and International Power: Historical Studies XXV, eds. Eunan O'Halpin, Robert Armstrong, and Jane Ohlmeyer, 3-16. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006.


MacDonald, Alexander. A Wandering Spy Was I. Kearney, NE: Morris Publishing, 1997.

MacDonald landed in Bangkok with Jim Thompson just before the end of the war. For a short period, he was OSS station chief and ranking American officer in Thailand. [Bergin, 55.4 Studies (Dec. 2011]

[WWII/OSS/Individuals & Thailand]

MacDonald, C.A. "The Venlo Affair." European Studies Review 8 (1978): 443-464.


MacDonald, Callum. The Killing of SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich. New York: Free Press, 1989. The Killing of Reinhard Heydrich: The SS "Butcher of Prague." New York: Da Capo, 1998. [pb] The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2007. [pb]

Surveillant 2.6 says that this telling of the story of the British-Czech operation to assassinate Heydrich is "well-handled."

[OtherCountries/Cz/ThruWWII; UK/WWII/Services/SOE; WWII/Eur/Gen]

MacDonald, Charles B. Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge. New York: Morrow, 1985.

According to Sexton, the author "carefully explores the failure of Allied intelligence to correctly 'read' the signs of the impending attack."


MacDonald, Cheryl. "Canada's Secret Police? Gilbert McMicken, Spymaster." Beaver 71, no. 3 (1991): 44-49.

Calder: "McMicken was the first chief of Canadian intelligence around the time of the American civil war."


MacDonald, Elizabeth P. Undercover Girl. New York: Macmillan, 1947.

Constantinides notes that this is "one of the earliest works on OSS Morale Operations (MO) and MO work in China and from India." But that is "secondary to what she revealed of the organization and personalities of OSS in Washington, China, and Southeast Asia.... Her trained journalist's eye caught a number of humorous incidents and the subtleties of OSS personalities." For Pforzheimer, Studies 5.2 (Spring 1961), this work "contains ... the most detailed information publicly available on OSS operations, especially in black psychological warfare, in the Far East."

See also the author's later work: Elizabeth P. McIntosh, Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1998).


Macdonald, Hugh. "'One Airborne Regiment in Two Hours': Deception and Self-Deception in the 1994-1996 Chechen War." Intelligencer 11, no. 1 (Jul. 2000): 25-31.

Russia "was spectacularly unsuccessful in using deception during the 1994-96 Chechen War. Neither their covert operations nor their disinformation served their needs."


MacDonald, Margaret S., and Anthony G. Oettinger. "Information Overload: Managing Intelligence Technologies." Harvard International Review 24, no. 3 (Fall 2002): 44-48.


MacDonald, Peter. The Special Air Service in Action. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1990.

Surveillant 1.1 notes that this is an "[a]ccount of the SAS which examines its history from its beginnings in WWII ... to the role of the regiment during the past 15 years."

[UK/Overviews; UK/WWII/Services/SAS]

Macdonald, Scot. Propaganda and Information Warfare in the Twenty-First Century: Altered Images and Deception Operations. London: Routledge, 2007.

From publisher: This book analyzes "how the technology to alter images and rapidly distribute them can be used for propaganda and to support deception operations. In the past, propagandists and those seeking to conduct deception operations used crude methods to alter images..., which could usually be detected relatively easily. Today,... computers allow propagandists to create any imaginable image,... with appropriate accompanying audio. Furthermore, it is becoming extremely difficult to detect that an image has been manipulated, and the Internet, television and global media make it possible to disseminate altered images around the world almost instantaneously."


Macdonald, William James. The True Intrepid: Sir William Stephenson and the Unknown Agents. Toronto: Timberholme, 1998. 2d ed. Vancouver, BC: Raincoast Books, 2001.

According to Peake, Studies 46.4, the author "examines many of the Stephenson myths and presents a good bibliographic summary of the stories written about him." The second edition "contains details that came to light after publication of the BSC and of the war report in 1999" and includes "a new Foreword by Tom Troy and a new Preface by the author." Troy, IJI&C 20.4 (Winter 2007), notes that Macdonald "unearthed the hitherto untold story of Stephenson's birth in 1897 ... and of his adoption."

CASIS Intelligence Newsletter 34 (Winter 1999) points to related newspaper reportage: Steve Mertl, "Intrepid Book Sheds More Light on Spy's Life," Toronto Star, 29 Dec. 1998; and Olivier Courteaux, "Our International Man of Mystery," National Post (Toronto), 16 Jan. 1999.


MacDonnell, Francis. Insidious Foes: The Axis Fifth Column and the American Home Front. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Hansen, History 26.1, calls Insidious Foes "the first comprehensive treatment" of the Fifth Column scare in the United States between 1938 and 1942. MacDonnell's work "is notable for its judicious argument, cohesive organization, and enlarged perspective."

[FBI/WWII; WWII/Eur/Ger/Ops]

MacDonnell, Francis. "The Search for a Second Zimmermann Telegram: FDR, BSC, and the Latin American Front." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 4, no. 4 (Winter 1990): 487-505.


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