Ron - Ror


Rona, Thomas P. "Information Warfare: An Age-Old Concept with New Insights." Defense Intelligence Journal 5, no. 1 (Spring 1996): 53-67.


Rönblom, Hans K. Tr., Joan Bulman. Spy Without a Country. New York: Coward-McCann, 1965.

Widen, I&NS 21.6 (Dec. 2006): 953/fn.3, identifies the author of this work on the Wennerström spy case as a Swedish journalist. For Mull, Studies 10.3 (Summer 1966), Wennerström's story "has been well told from open sources" in Rönblom's book. However, "being written for a popular audience, the book naturally slights some details of handling technique and tradecraft revealed in the testimony." Comparing the works of Rönblom and Whiteside, Schilling, Studies 18.3 (Fall 1974), declares Whiteside's to be the better of the two.

Other relevant materials include Birgitta Bergmark, Stig Wennerström, spionen som teg (Falun: Bonnier Alba, 1993) and Anders Sundelin, Fallet Wennerström (Stockholm: Nordstedts, 1999). Widen, I&NS 21.6 (Dec. 2006): 953/fn.2, comments that "both of these books are interesting and readable, [however] neither of them are scholarly works. Instead, they are at times both speculative and lacking in references to sources."


Rønnfeldt, Carsten F. "Three Generations of Environment and Security Research." Journal of Peace Research 34, no. 4 (1997): 473-482.


Ronnie, Art. Counterfeit Hero: Fritz Duquesne, Adventurer and Spy. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995.

Clark comment: Duquesne is best known from the classic 1945 movie "The House on 92nd Street," as the central figure in a ring of 33 Nazi spies arrested in New York in 1941.

Cutler, Proceedings 121.11 (Nov. 1995), notes that "Ronnie delved deep into prison records, government documents, and personal letters to create this unusual biography of a man who was eventually arrested in what J. Edgar Hoover described as 'the greatest spy roundup in U.S. history.'" To Chambers, Counterfeit Hero is a "carefully researched and highly readable demythologizing of Fritz Duquesne." Click for Chambers' full review. Bates, NIPQ 14.3, finds that Ronnie "has done a fine job of writing" a story "befogged with Fritz's fabrications." The author "will tell of an episode according to Fritz, then put in a documented fact which makes Fritz's story impossible."

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

Rooney, David. Guerrilla: Insurgents, Patriots, and Terrorists from Sun Tzu to Bin Laden. London: Brassey's UK, 2004.

From publisher: "Tracing the origins of guerrilla theories back to the Maccabees, the author moves on through the Napoleonic Age and the Boer Wars before considering Michael Collins, Mao Tse Tung, T E Lawrence, Castro and Guevara, and the Guerrillas of World War Two before arriving at the current situation with Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden."


Rooney, David. Mad Mike: A Life of Michael Calvert. London: Leo Cooper, 1997.

Foot, I&NS 13.4, notes that this is the biography of "a soldier ... who excelled at irregular warfare, and was one of the British Army's leading exponents of covert action against the Japanese in 1941-45." The author "writes clearly and understands his subject-matter well."


Roosevelt, Archie. For Lust of Knowing: Memoirs of an Intelligence Officer. Boston: Little, Brown, 1988.

Clark comment: These are the memoirs of a grandson of Teddy Roosevelt and a cousin of FDR. Roosevelt served in military intelligence in World War II and joined the Central Intelligence Group (CIG) in early 1947. More than half the book is devoted to these early years. Roosevelt retired from the CIA in 1974, after a succession of headquarters positions, culminating his career as a division chief in the clandestine services.

In a decidedly unkind review, Leary, JAH 76.1, writes off the book as "disappointing," and notes that "Roosevelt was not in a position to shape events." Clark comment: With regard to the latter point, very few people are truly in such positions; and if we wait for them to write their versions of events, we will have very little to read.


Roosevelt, Kermit. Countercoup: The Struggle for the Control of Iran. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979. 1981. [pb]

Kermit Roosevelt died on 8 June 2000 at the age of 84. Bart Barnes, "Kermit Roosevelt, CIA Mideast Agent, Dies," Washington Post, 10 Jun. 2000, B6.

Clark comment: The book details the planning and execution of Operation Ajax, the American-British operation which overthrew Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh in 1953 and restored the Shah to his throne. Roosevelt was the American case officer for the operation and was on the scene in Teheran to oversee its successful implementation.

Powers, The Nation (12 Apr. 1980) and Intelligence Wars (2004), 159-168, notes the unusual history of this book. The first printing was pulped because of British concerns about mentions of the SIS role in the 1953 coup. The second printing was held for the release of the American hostages in Iran. According to the reviewer, Roosevelt's account has little to say about the politics of the coup, either in Washington or Teheran. "This version of events is not so much untrue as it is incomplete, offhand, and unreflective.... It is a book about clandestine technique, a kind of guide for covert political manipulation."

For Constantinides, Countercoup "is necessary for an understanding of the covert ... history of Ajax.... But its shortcomings lessen its usefulness as a fully reliable reference." See also, Kenneth L. Adelman, "A Clandestine Clan," International Security 5 (Summer 1980): 152-171. This is a review essay on Countercoup and Powers' The Man Who. Adelman was Director of ACDA, 1984-1987.

[CIA/50s/Iran & Memoirs]

Roosevelt, Selwa "Lucky". Keeper of the Gate. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.

Clark comment: Selwa Roosevelt was Archie Roosevelt's wife. Surveillant 1.3 notes that Selwa Roosevelt was the chief of protocol in the Reagan White House. In Chapter Sixteen, "CIA Wife," she "briefly details the impact and contrasts of her husband's 30-year CIA career, on her duties as wife, mother, news reporter, and protocol chief."

[CIA/Memoirs; Women/Misc/CIA]

Rootham, Jasper. Misfire: The Chronicle of a British Mission to Mikhailovich, 1943-1944. London: Chatto & Windus, 1946.

For Monkfish, via, "[t]his is a fantastically honest book from a man who was with Mihailovic in the mountains of Serbia. He just tells his story as he witnessed it without adding comment or judgements."

[UK/WWII/Services/SOE; WWII/OSS/Yugo]

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