Masaryk, Jan, et al. The Sixth Column: Inside the Nazi-Occupied Countries. New York: Alliance Book Corp., 1942.

Multiple authors provide coverage across multiple European countries.


Masetti, Jorge. In The Pirate's Den: My Life as a Secret Agent for Castro. New York:  Encounter, 2002. 

According to Peake, Studies 47.2 (2003), these memoirs outline the life of "a disaffected agent" who served the Cuban General Intelligence Agency (DGI) from 1973 to 1989. "[O]ne senses that [the author] is holding back.  Still, it is a firsthand account."


Mashbir, Sidney F. I Was An American Spy. New York: Vantage, 1953.

Masin, Barbara. Gauntlet: Five Friends, 20,000 Enemy Troops, and the Secret That Could Have Changed the Face of Cold War Europe. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2006.

From publisher: In October 1953, "five young men, armed with four pistols, crossed the border from Czechoslovakia into East Germany." Their goal was to reach West Germany and enlist in the U.S. Army. They touched off "the largest manhunt of the Cold War.... [T]housands of East German and Soviet troops chased them ... for thirty-one days.... [T]hree finally reached West Berlin. Prior to their escape, they had formed the nucleus of an anti-Communist resistance group, inspired by the testament of celebrated World War II resistance leader, Czech general Josef Masin, father to two of the young men and grandfather to the author of this book."

Goulden, Intelligencer 15.2 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007) and Washington Times, 26 Nov. 2006, says that the author presents a "thriller" that is written "in a highly readable style." Masin faults Radio Free Europe for raising the hopes of the captive peoples of East Europe.


Maskelyne, Jasper. Magic -- Top Secret. London & New York: Stanley Paul, 1949.

Constantinides: Maskelyne provides "a generalized, rather skimpy account" of his work in camouflage and illusion efforts in World War II.



Masse, Todd. Domestic Intelligence in the United Kingdom: Applicability of the MI-5 Model to the United States. Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, 19 May 2003. Available at:

Clark comment: This CRS report is recommended for anyone wanting to discuss the issue of how to organize U.S. domestic security. It does not answer the question (which is not CRS' job), but does offer a well-thought out perspective.

"While there may be lessons to be learned from the British experience with domestic intelligence, there are also important differences between U.S. and British governmental, legal, cultural and political norms.... This paper summarizes pending legislation relating to domestic intelligence, briefly explains the jurisdiction and functions of MI-5, and describes some of the factors that may be relevant to a discussion regarding the applicability of the MI-5 domestic intelligence model to the United States."

[FBI/DomSec/00s; Reform/00s/03]

Massignani, Alessandro. "The Regi Carabinieri: Counterintelligence in the Great War." Journal of Intelligence History 1, no. 2 (Winter 2001). [ html]

From abstract: "The Royal Carabinieri ... were mobilized as Italy entered the Great War, deploying three battalions and two cavalry squadrons.... [T]he Carabinieri duties in wartime were counterintelligence and security (military police), as well as that of the defense of the State.... The Carabinieri branch had to cooperate with the counterintelligence section of the secret services, reporting espionage suspects and performing operations the services needed. The 'Italian secret war' during the First Wor1d War does not offer great moments of glory. However,... [t]he historical judgement is, that the out of the twelve operating intelligence services in Italy the Carabinieri 'was one of most serious and effective.'"


Masson, Madeleine.Christine: A Search for Christine Granville, GM, OBE, Croix de Guerre. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1975. Christine: SOE Agent & Churchill's Favourite Spy. London: Virago, 2005.

Masterman, John Cecil. The Double-Cross System in the War of 1939-1945. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1972. New York: Avon Books, 1972. [pb] New York: Ballantine, 1982. [pb]

Clark comment: Masterman was head of BI(a), the counterespionage arm of MI5, during World War II, and chaired the Twenty (XX) Committee that managed the German agents captured and turned beginning in 1940. Pforzheimer notes that the author "wrote this text as an official classified history"; as released, there has been sanitization. The book remains a "veritable classic treatise" on counterintelligence and deception. The lack of direct references to the Ultra material, which was used to check on the success of these operations, is a major void in the Masterman's presentation.

According to Constantinides, The Double-Cross System is "one of the great works of intelligence literature, an outstanding one in the area of deception, and perhaps the greatest work yet written on double agents." Sexton notes that this "slender volume ought to be essential reading for those seriously interested in intelligence and deception."

In a excellent article that is more than a book review, A.V. Knobelspiesse, "Masterman Revisited," Studies in Intelligence 18, no. 1 (Spring 1974): 25-40, proclaims that "Masterman's book ... merits the appellation 'seminal.'" The work presents "lean, impersonal, underplayed facts," and "combines brevity and conciseness with donnish elegance and challenge.... The codification of [counterintelligence] operational principles which accompanies Masterman's double agent case facts makes this the only book of its kind in public print.... The underlying thrust of the methodological theory and wisdom set out in this book ... apply to any time and to any adversary."

For the debates surrounding Masterman's release of his work and some of the follow-on controversies, see John C. Campbell, "A Retrospective on John Masterman's The Double-Cross System," International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 18, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 320-353. See also, E.D.R. Harrison, "J.C. Masterman and the Security Service, 1940-72," Intelligence and National Security 24, no. 6 (Dec. 2009): 769-804.

Masterman, John Cecil. On the Chariot Wheel. London: Oxford University Press, 1975.

Masterov, Valery. "Spy Kuklinski: Traitor or Patriot?" Moscow News, 25 Oct. 1992, 7.

"[T]he Kuklinski case is becoming yet another factor tending to divide the already fragmented political scene" in Poland.


Masters, Anthony. The Man Who Was 'M': The Life of Maxwell Knight. London: Blackwell, 1984. London: HarperCollins, 1986. [pb]

From publisher: "In the late 1930's [Knight] gathered round him an elite group of young case-officers in [MI5's] Department B5(b).... Known as Knight's Black Agents, these men and women made a crucial contribution to Britain's readiness for the Second World War. Knight's responsibility was counter-subversion. He planted agents in the Communist Party of Great Britain, the British Union of Fascists and other pre-war extremist groups. He exposed the Communist-inspired Woolwich Arsenal Spy Ring in 1938, interned Oswald Mosley, the British Fascist leader, in 1940 and in the same year uncovered a Nazi plot to prevent America's entry into the war."


Masters, Brooke A. - A - Z [Washington Post]

Masters, Brooke A. - with others [Washington Post]

Masters, Ian. The Man Who Saved the World. US: Knightsbridge, 1991.

Surveillant 1.2 reports that this book "recounts Gordievsky's supposed defusing of the [November 1983] NATO exercises which the Russians thought would be the real thing, forcing the Soviets to push the nuclear button."


Mastny, Vojtech. The Czechs Under Nazi Rule: The Failure of National Resistance, 1939-42. New York: Columbia University Press, 1971.



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