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Steven, Stewart. Operation Splinter Factor. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1974. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1974.

Constantinides finds this story of U.S. perfidy against the Soviet Union "quite unreliable," and calls it "one of the worst books to appear in years in the field of intelligence; no time need be spent on it." For Fischer, IJI&C 22.2/343-345 (Summer 2009), this is a "specious account." The book is "replete with factual errors," and its basic thesis "is sheer nonsense." Peake Studies 58.4 (Dec. 2014), refers to "Steven's dotty conspiracy."


Steven, Stewart. The Spymasters of Israel. New York: Macmillan, 1980. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1981. New York: Ballantine Books,1982. [pb]

Constantinides finds "good recaps of the Lavon affair, Operation Susannah, and the essence of the Lotz and Cohen operations in Egypt and Syria respectively." The intelligence failure of the 1973 war "is well described." However, "it is nonsense to say virtually all CIA men in the Middle East were working at second hand for the Israelis." For NameBase, this book "reads more like a mass-market thriller than a scholarly effort." Steven "is hampered ... by his need to protect his sources and his tendency to glorify the exploits of Mossad agents.... In the end he manages to spin a good story, but fails to contribute to the international debate on the ethics of Israeli policy."


Stevenson, Charles. The End of Nowhere: American Policy Toward Laos Since 1954. Boston: Beacon, 1972.


Stevenson, Charles A. "Underlying Assumptions of the National Security Act of 1947." Joint Force Quarterly 48 (1st Quarter 2008): 129-133.

This well-done article points out that: "The National Security Act of 1947 was a compromise -- between advocates and opponents of a highly centralized military establishment, between supporters of a regularized process for interagency policymaking and defenders of Presidential prerogatives, and between an executive branch needing new legal authorities to deal with a postwar world and a Congress determined to maintain its special powers over the Armed Forces."

[CIA/40s/Gen; GenPostwar/NatSec/00s; Overviews/U.S./00s; Reform/00s]

Stevenson, Johnathan. Losing Mogadishu: Testing U.S. Policy in Somalia. Annapolis, MD: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 1995.

Rich, WIR 14.6, says that this "short but sensible analysis of U.S. involvement in Somalia is well worth reading." The author believes that President Bush and JCS Chairman Powell failed to understand the political situation on the ground in Somalia. And "American military planners for Restore Hope lacked intelligence about the Somali people. They did not know their enemy."


Stevenson, Richard W. "John Cairncross, Fifth Briton in Soviet Spy Ring, Dies at 82." New York Times, 10 Oct. 1995, A13 (N).

Cairncross, generally accepted to have been the "Fifth Man" since he was named as such by Yuri Modin, died on 9 October 1995. This NYT obituary notes that Rupert Allason [Nigel West] edited Cairncross' "forthcoming memoirs."


Stevenson, William. Intrepid's Last Case. New York: Villard, 1983.

Stevenson, William. A Man Called Intrepid: The Secret War, 1939-1945. London: Macmillan, 1976. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976. New York: Ballantine, 1976. [pb]

Stevenson, William. Ninety Minutes at Entebbe. New York: Bantam, 1976.

Stevenson, William. Spymistress: The Life of Vera Atkins: The Greatest Female Agent in World War II. New York: Arcade, 2007.

Troy, Studies 51.2 (2007), rips this book as "history and fiction distressingly conmingled," although "[t]here is no question" of the author's honesty. Rather, Troy sees Stevenson as letting his passion and imagination run rampant. That Atkins "worked in an especially dangerous wartime role ... is beyond cavil." However, this account "hardly proves her a great agent, much less 'the greatest female secret agent in World War II.'"

An even more negative reaction to this book comes from West, IJI&C 21.3 (Fall 2008), who says that the author is "just wrong about ... almost every ... item in his book." West also uses such descriptions as "nonsensical," "fanciful," "patent invention," "invariably inaccurate or plain wrong," and "many obvious fabrications." He concludes that "Stevenson's interpretations, based on fake quotations, invented missions, and non-existent organizations, really amounts to literary fraud."

[UK/WWII/Services/SOE; Women/WWII/UK]


Stewart-Richardson, Peter. "Special forces (1939-1975)." In Second to None: The Coldstream Guards, 1650-2000, ed. Julian Paget, 151-185. London: Leo Cooper, 2000.

According to Royal Historical Society Database, the period covered here is "1939-1975" and the subjects are "Coldstream Guards; Parachute Regiment; Ski battalion; Glider Pilot Regiment; Long Range Desert Group."


Stickle, E.M., ed. The Beria Affair. Commack, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 1992.

Surveillant 2.6 notes that this is an "English translation of the transcript" of the CPSU Central Committee Plenum of 2-7 July 1953. It details "the alleged crimes of Interior Minister and secret police chief Lavrenti Beria."


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