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Pilat, Oliver Ramsey. The Atom Spies. New York: Putnam, 1952.

Pforzheimer terms this an "excellent account of the Soviet atomic espionage rings operating in the U.S. during the 1940s and 1950s." Constantinides agrees, noting that "the book stands up amazing well.... It is penetrating in its analysis of motives and actions of the main figures and captures the mood of time." On the other hand, much more has become known about the "atom spies" than Pilat had access to. Pilat is not careful about giving the sources for his narrative. He is also inconsistent in his estimate of Julius Rosenberg's work as a Soviet agent.


Pillar, Paul R.

Pimlott, Ben, ed. The Second World War Diaries of Hugh Dalton, 1940-1945. London: Jonathan Cape, 1986.

Foot, I&NS 2.1, finds the self-absorption of the man who was the minister responsible for SOE until February 1942 annoying. Nevertheless, the diaries contain "quite a few snippets ... of interest to [intelligence] experts ... as well as to ordinary readers."


Pincher, Chapman.

Pinck, Charles T., and Dan Pinck. "The Best Spies Didn't Wear Suits." New York Times, 10 Dec. 2004. [http://www.nytimes.com]

This Op-Ed piece from the a son-father tandem proposes OSS, rather than CIA, as the model for reorganizing the U.S. intelligence community. Specifically, they argue for a Donovan-like leader ("unconventional warfare requires unconventional people"). Clark comment: Not a bad thought standing by itself. However, if the Pincks truly believe that Donovan was "above the [political] infighting," they are reading Donovan differently than he is seen by many others.


Pinck, Dan. Journey to Peking: A Secret Agent in Wartime China. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2003.

Jonkers, AFIO WIN 7-03, 18 Feb. 2003, notes that the author was assigned by OSS "to a remote area near Hong Kong, where he was the sole American agent..., working with some sixty Chinese local agents. They reported on troop movements and shipping along the coast, and mapped Japanese fortifications in areas where an American invasion was planned.... This is a vivid, honest, and often humorous account, a close-up and personal story of covert military operations." For Bath, NIPQ 19.3, this is "[a] gentle, amusing, and thoroughly enjoyable look at a very small piece of a very large war."


Pinck, Dan C., Geoffrey M.T. Jones, and Charles T. Pinck, eds. Stalking the History of the Office of Strategic Services: An OSS Bibliography. Boston, MA: The OSS/Donovan Press, 2000.

According to Jonkers, AFIO WIN 31-00 (4 Aug. 2000), this bibliography lists "over a thousand books describing what OSS was up to in the Second World War.... The book is essentially divided into four parts: the main OSS Bibliography, a description of the OSS Collections in the Hoover Institute Archives, a Guide to the Records of the OSS in the National Archives, and Notes on the Scope and Formal Responsibilities of the OSS. It is filled with valuable substance, and in the Notes, also expresses a point of view.... [This is a] valuable addition for students of history, authors and professionals."

Troy, IJI&C 15.1, finds that Dan Pinck "playfully indulges his own biases, prejudices, and preferences" and "is perhaps too much of a freewheeler on occasion." Although "the book is not annotated," it may be "profitably consulted by anyone seriously interested in OSS."


Pincus, Walter [Washington Post].

Pine, Shawn M.

1. "CISOC: The Army's Counterintelligence Special Operations Concept." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 9, no. 1 (Spring 1996): 81-95.

"[T]here is little hope that CISOC will ever become an effective, functioning tool in thwarting FIS [foreign intelligence service] activities.... Decades of lethargy and a risk-averse mentality have clogged the arteries of U.S. Army Counterintelligence."

2. "Deficiencies in Military Counterintelligence: A View from the Field." International Journal of Intelligence andCounterintelligence 8, no. 2 (Summer 1995): 221-227.

"A prime example of the impotence that affects the CI communities can be found in surveying the United States Military Intelligence (USMI), 902nd Counterintelligence Group.... As a result of ... constant reorganization and changing mission, the 902nd has been left in a state of institutional disarray and confusion."

This is darker and more pointed version (the author has left the U.S. Army) of the Defense Intelligence Journal (Spring 1995) articles with their tendency to conclude that "we are working on it."


Pineau, Roger [CAPT/USNR (Ret)].

1. "A Code Break and the Death of Admiral Yamamoto." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 5, no. 2 (1989): 3-5. Reprinted: 9, no. 4 (Oct. 1993): 15-16.

2. "The Death of Admiral Yamamoto." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 10, no. 4 (Oct. 1994): 1-5.

This is a "correct-the-record" article. Pineau argues that the "decision to get Yamamoto was made by Admiral Nimitz, and by him alone." This contradicts the version in Layton's memoir, And I Was There, which Pineau co-authored and which says President Roosevelt and Navy Secretary Knox approved the shootdown. "There is no trace of evidence to indicate" that Nimitz consulted with Washington on the decision.


Pinkerton, Allan. The Spy of the Rebellion: History of the Spy System of the United States Army During the Late Rebellion. New York: Carleton, 1883. Hartford, CT: M.A. Winter & Hatch, 1883. The Spy of the Rebellion; Being a True History of the Spy System of the United States Army During the Late Rebellion. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.

This is Pinkerton's autobiography. The author of the introduction to the 1989 reprint, Patrick Bass, plainly states that Pinkerton had a tendency to play somewhat loosely with the facts. Part of this tendency was related to the ability (or lack thereof) of anyone to remember events accurately 20 years after the fact. But it was also connected to Pinkerton's desire to defend his and his agency's war work against critics of the time. Bass believes, however, that the value of Pinkerton's account goes beyond basic facts and can be found in the "indefinable 'feel' for the milieu that it imparts." (p. 21) Fishel, Secret War, p. 55, refers to this work as Pinkerton's "mainly ficticious memoirs."


Pino-Marina, Christina. "Virginia FBI Agent Arrested on Espionage Charges." Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2001. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to an FBI spokeswoman, Robert Philip Hanssen, a 27-year FBI veteran, was arrested on 18 February on at least one espionage charge and will appear in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on 20 February.


Pinto, Maria do Céu. "Portugal's Intelligence Evolution in the Post-9/11 World." International Journal of Intelligence andCounterintelligence 25, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 160-177.

"[T]he 11 March 2004 attacks in Spain further changed Lisbon's perception about the imminent character of the terrorist threat."


Pinto, Oreste.

1. Friend or Foe? New York: Putnam 1954. New York: Popular Library, 1954. [pb]

Kirkus Review, 15 Feb. 1953: "Pinto, a Dutch counterintelligence chief in England, examines ... the evidence in a few [counterintelligence] cases which held -- for him -- the widest margin for error and ended with a question mark.... The precision -- and patience -- which eventually expose men of doubtful affiliations and activities -- this has the fascination of its authentic material."

2. Spy-Catcher. London: Werner Laurie, 1952. New York: Harper & Row, 1952. New York: Berkley, 1952. [pb]

The author was a Dutch counterintelligence officer who worked with MI5 during World War II. His specialty was interrogating refugees from German-occupied Europe to sift out the German spies. Constantinides writes that Pinto's reputation as a counterintelligence expert has suffered because of the accusations he leveled against Dutch resistance leader Christiaan Lindemans, known as King Kong. Most of this book, however, "is a short handbook on military counterintelligence, with interrogation and interrogation techniques as the centerpieces." Reviewers at the time called it "superior, factual, and objective."

[UK/WWII/Services/MI5; WWII/Eur/Res/Dutch]

Pirie, Anthony. Operation Barnard. New York: Morrow, 1962.

Wilcox: "Account of Axis espionage activities and clandestine operations during World War II."



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