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Meier, Andrew. The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service. New York: Norton, 2008. 2009. [pb]

From Publishers Weekly, 11 Aug. 2008 (via The author tells the story of "Cy Oggins, a Columbia University undergraduate who joined the fledgling Communist Party in 1920. Recruited by Soviet intelligence in 1926, he went to Europe in the guise of an academic.... After 1930 he sailed to China and Manchuria for various undercover schemes, then traveled to Moscow in 1939 during Stalin's purges.... [H]e was arrested[,] sent to an Arctic gulag and ... murdered ... in 1947."

Goulden, Washington Times, 26 Oct. 2008, and Intelligencer 16.2 (Fall 2008), comments that the author's "decision to present his narrative in non-chronological fashion, skipping back and forth, resulted in a jumble of a book" that was "highly confusing." For Schecter, I&NS 26.2&3 (Apr.-Jun. 2011), "Meier does well in setting the scene in Europe and Asia during Oggins' working period and the reporting is diligent, but his analysis of the facts is weak."


Meier, Heinz K. "Intelligence Operations in Switzerland During the Second World War." Swiss-American Historical Review 10 (1984): 21-42.

Meilinger, Philip S. Hoyt S. Vandenberg: The Life of a General. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1989.


Meinertzhagen, Richard.

Sheffy, I&NS 17.1/39: "Traditional historiography, including three biographies, has lauded this officer, who headed General Edmund Allenby's EEF Field Intelligence and for a short time was his chief political officer, elevating him to an intelligence legend. [footnote omitted] Yet, in reality, his published as well as private diaries are far from being reliable. [footnote omitted]"

See Capstick, Warrior (1997); Cocker, Richard Meinertzhagen (1989); and Lord, Duty, Honour, Empire (1971). See also J.N. Lockman, Meinertzhagen's Diary Ruse: False Entries on T.E. Lawrence (Grand Rapids, MI: Cornerstone, 1995. Sheffy, I&NS 17.1/fn. 22, calls the latter "[a] most critical, yet rather controversial, review" of Meinertzhagen's diaries.

1. Army Diary, 1889-1926. Edinburgh & London: Oliver & Boyd, 1960.

2. Middle East Diary, 1917-1956. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1960.


Meisler, Stanley. "CIA Agents Live -- and Die -- Anonymously; Safety: Their Identities Are Guarded by Headquarters, Even When They Are an Open Secret." Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 1998. []

The CIA's "obsession with secrecy -- refusing to identify some officers even after death -- has powered the Central Intelligence Agency's persistent refusal this week to comment on news reports from Nairobi, Kenya, that one of the 12 Americans killed in the terrorist bombing there was a CIA agent."

Clark comment: There are two things wrong with this short passage -- things that indicate this particular journalist understands his subject matter even less than many others who try to write on the CIA: One, it is not an obsession to attempt to protect the very work that places CIA officers -- and I do not mean to the exclusion of others from other U.S. government agencies -- in the places where bad things can happen to them, whether or not they are the targets. Two, CIA American employees -- overseas or elsewhere -- are not "agents."


Meissner, Hans Otto. The Man with Three Faces: The True Story of a Master Spy. New York: Rinehart, 1955. London: Evans, 1955.

Bath, NIPQ 20.1, notes that the author met Sorge while serving with the German Embassy in Tokyo. This book is "based on interviews with German diplomats and officials." It "gives the German spin to the Sorge story."


Melanson, Philip H. The Secret Service: The Hidden History of an Enigmatic Agency. New York: Carroll and Graf, 2002. Rev. ed. 2005. [pb]

From publisher on 2005 packback edition: "This new edition of the definitive history of the Secret Service lays bare the 2004 Bush campaign's political uses of the agency and the new challenges it faces as a branch of the Homeland Security Department, in a post-9/11 world..... Melanson explores the long-hidden workings of the Secret Service since its inception in 1865 and through rigorous research and extensive interviews with former White House staffers and retired agents, uncovers startling facts about the Agency's role in such traumatic national events as the assassination of JFK and the shooting of President Reagan."


Melchior, Ib. Case by Case: A U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent in World War II. Novato, CA: Presidio, 1993.

According to Peake, WIR 13.6, the author was in the United States when Germany occupied his native Denmark because his father, Lauritz Melchior, was singing in the Metropolitan Opera Company. Originally, Ib Melchior joined OSS but transferred to the Army's Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC). He served in France and Germany after D-Day. "This book describes firsthand tactical wartime and immediate postwar CI work.... This is a delightful book, not only because it is good reading, but also because it is a rare account of wartime CI ... and because it shows how applying CI basics produces results."

Ruffner, "CIC Records...," CSI Bulletin 11 (Summer 2000), comments that Melchior "describes in vivid detail his wartime activities and the people he encountered along the way. The nuances of World War II counter-intelligence are readily apparent in these memoirs." Wardinski, IJI&C 7.1, says that Melchior's "engaging ... exploits read like a classic spy story."


Melillo, Wendy, and Brooke A. Masters. "CIA Suspect's Brother Seeks Entry to U.S." Washington Post, 9 Jul. 1997, A11.


Melillo, Wendy, and Brooke A. Masters. "Kasi Guilty of Slayings Outside CIA." Washington Post, 11 Nov. 1997, A1, A15.


Melinsky, Hugh. A Code-Breaker's Tale. Norfolk, UK: Larks Press, 1998.

Kruh, Cryptologia 25.1, notes that this is the "fascinating story" of a young man's wartime experiences from learning Japanese and codebreaking at the Inter-Services Special Intelligence School to service with MacArthur's Central Bureau in Wireless Units throughout the South West Pacific.


Mello, Tara Baukus. Your Government: How It Works -- The Central Intelligence Agency. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House, 2000.

Jonkers, AFIO WIN 17-00 (28 Apr. 2000), identifies this as a 59-page "overview of CIA in the context of a series of how our government works." It is aimed at high school- age students.


Mellon, Jérôme. "The Missing Agency: The Case for a Canadian Foreign Intelligence Service." A dissertation in fulfillment of the degree Master of Arts in Intelligence and International Relations at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK. 2d ed., 2003. Available (PDF: 778k) at,, and


Mellon, Paul, and John Baskett. Reflections in a Silverspoon: A Memoir. New York: Morrow, 1992.

Surveillant 3.1: "Pages 183 to 226 are the only ones of direct interest..., [covering] employment with OSS in July 1943."


Melman, Yossi.

Melnicki, John. "Sub Finds New Home." NMIA Newsletter 10, no. 3 (1995): 4.

Melnik, Constantin. Les Espions: Réalités et fantasmes. Paris: Ellipses, 2008.

According to Kahn, Intelligencer 17.1 (Winter-Spring 2009), the author "deals historically with intelligence but does so idiosyncratically." Readers would have "more confidence in his work if he gave the correct meaning of 'OSS.'"


Melot, Frederic. Les Metiers de la Securite et du Renseignement -- Sapeur-Pompier, Gendarme, Douanier, Detective Prive.... [Careers in Security and Intelligence -- Firemen, Gendarmes, Customs Agents, Private Detectives....] Levallois-Perret: Jeunes Editions, 1999.

Intelligence, 8 Nov. 1999, calls this an "unpretentious little book [that] furnishes clear and succinct, but detailed, descriptions of all French intelligence services and law enforcement agencies. Their functions and the types of jobs performed are laid out in a manner to allow young students to decide which could be interesting career possibilities."


Melton, H. Keith.

Melvern, Linda, Nick Anning, and David Hebditch. Techno-Bandits: How the Soviets Are Stealing America's High-Tech Future. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1984.

Pforzheimer: This "is the first really good ... book ... that has become available to the general public on the problem of illegal technology transfer in support of the military and industrial development of the Communist nations.... [The authors] have done their homework well."


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