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Marks, Frederick W., III. "The CIA and Castillo Armas in Guatemala,1954: New Clues to an Old Puzzle." Diplomatic History 14, no. 1 (Winter 1990): 67-86.

A companion article, Stephen G. Rabe, "The Clues Don't Check Out: Commentary on 'The CIA and Castillo Armas,'" Diplomatic History 14.1 (Winter 1990): 87-95, takes issue with Marks' presentation.


Marks, John. "The Epic of Our Time: Ted Turner's Cold War." U.S. News & World Report, 28 Sep. 1998, 48.

This is a report on CNN's 24-part documentary that ran from October 1998 to April 1999. It is "among the most ambitious documentaries," and "is likely to be the defining account of the cold war for many of its viewers." John Lewis Gaddis served as a consultant on the project.


Marks, John. "How to Spot a Spook." Washington Monthly, Nov. 1974, 5-11.


Marks, John. The Search for the "Manchurian Candidate": The CIA and Mind Control. London: Allen Lane, 1979. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1980. New York: Norton, 1991.

Clark comment: The focus is the CIA's MKULTRA project. Badrich, NameBase, calls this "a pioneering overview of CIA efforts to control human behavior." Constantinides comments that Marks "allowed the facts to speak for themselves with only an occasional sally into judgment for emphasis or summary."


Marks, John D. "Sex, Drugs, and the CIA: The Shocking Search for an 'Ultimate Weapon.'" Saturday Review 6 (3 Feb. 1979): 12-17. [Petersen]


Marks, Kathy. "Graham Greene 'Knew Philby Was a Traitor.'" Telegraph (London), 16 Dec. 1996. []

In a December 1996 edition of the BBC's "Bookworm" program, "Prof Norman Sherry, Greene's official biographer, says: 'I believe he felt he had to leave [MI6 in 1944] because he knew his friend was spying for another country.' Philip Knightley ... [also] believes that Greene resigned in order to avoid betraying his friend, as well as to protect himself from being implicated in any future scandal....

"However, the suggestion that Greene left MI6 because of suspicions about Philby was discounted ... by Rupert Allason, the Conservative MP and espionage expert.... Allason said he believed that Greene's reasons for resigning were more prosaic. He said: 'It was tedious, boring work. It involved commuting to St Albans every day and working with ghastly colleagues.'"


Marks, Leo. Between Silk and Cyanide: The Story of S.O.E.'s Code War. London: HarperCollins, 1998. Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945. New York: Free Press, 1998. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2007.

Rouse, Spectator, 31 Oct. 1998, calls this an "entertaining account" of the author's time as SOE's first and only cryptographer. Marks was unable to convince his superiors that the Dutch network was controlled by the Germans, until the Abwehr abruptly ended the operation in April 1944. For Spencer, IJI&C 13.1, "Between Silk and Cyanide beats John le Carre and Eric Ambler combined and happens to be true." Kruh, Cryptologia 24.1, points to the author's "narrative flair, vivid characterizations, and wry wit." This is "an excellent account of SOE covert operations and cryptology and [t]his exciting story has never [before] been told."

According to Erskine, IIHSG [International Intelligence History Association] Newsletter 6.2 (Winter 1998) [http://intelligence-history.wiso.uni-], the author "gives a considerable amount of new information about Nordpol, the 'Funkspiel' operated by the Abwehr and Sicherheitsdienst in the Netherlands, which led to the arrest and deaths of more than 50 agents, including some from MI6.... Marks has a gift for words. His splendid book is informative, intelligent and amusing and very moving. It is essential reading for students of the SOE or Nordpol, and can be thoroughly recommended to any one interested in the period."


Marks, Ronald A. Spying In America in the Post 9/11 World: Domestic Threat and the Need for Change. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010.

Peake, Studies 55.4 (Dec. 2011), notes that the author's recommendations for improving domestic security include "major organizational and congressional changes that would take decades to implement." Moreover, "Marks doesn't allow for the disruption the reforms he proposes would create in ongoing activity." This work is "a primer on major problems of intelligence in a world faced with global terrorism" and "a worthwhile contribution ... deserving of serious attention." To Bowman, Intelligencer 18.3 (Summer-Fall 2011), the author has produced "a useful, succinct recommendation for changes to the Intelligence Community."


Marks, Thomas A. Counterevolution in China: Wang Sheng and the Kuomintang. London and Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 1998.

For Rawnsley, I&NS 13.4, the author "provides a fascinating insight into the little known world of Chinese 'political warfare' ... in China itself and in Taiwan.... The book's weaknesses are few, and derive mainly from its author's lack of detachment from the subject." Henderson, IJI&C 15.2, notes that this is an exceptionally well-documented biography of Gen. Wang Sheng, "who spent over 35 years in the senior echelons of the KMT security structures." The author also "surveys the development and functions of the General Political Warfare Department (GPWD)..., under KMT rule in Taiwan, that Wang Sheng oversaw for almost 25 years."


Markus, George. Der Fall Redl, mit unveröffentlichten Geheimdoukenten zur folgenschwersten Spionage-Affairedes Jahrhunderts. Vienna: Amalthea Verlag, 1984.

Armour, I&NS 2.4, comments that, given the existence of Asprey's The Panther's Feast (1959), "it is ingenuous of [Markus] ... to puff his own book as the sole serious study available." Worse than that, however, he has not taken the trouble to document his sources properly; "we are left guessing as to where he has derived even his direct quotations." Nevertheless, Markus has brought some new Austrian sources to bear and, even more, exploited previously unavailable materials from Russian archives.


Marcus, Ruth, and Joe Pichirallo. "Chin Believed Planted in U.S. as Spy." Washington Post, 6 Dec. 1985, A1, A22.


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