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Tabachnick, Stephen E. "Defining Reality." American Book Review, Jan.-Feb. 1987, 9-10.

Gunter, IJI&C 11.2/138/fn.1, calls this "an insightful critique" of Henze, Herman and Brodhead, and Sterling's books on Agca's assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II on 13 May 1981.

[OtherCountries/Bulgaria; Russia/To89]

Taber, Sara Mansfield. Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy's Daughter. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 2012.

Peake, Studies 57.4 (Dec. 2013), concludes that despite the author's skewed view of the CIA, the book "is good reading for those interested in Agency life."


Tadmor, Joshua. Silent Warriors: The Dramatic Story of the Men and Women, Israeli and Arab Secret Agents in the Middle East from World War II to the Present. New York: Macmillan, 1969. [Chambers]

[Israel/Overviews; OtherCountries/Arab]

Tagliabue, John. "Ex-Spy for East Berlin Ends Exile from Germany." New York Times, 18 Oct. 1991, A4.


Tagliabue, John, and Raymond Bonner. "German Data Led U.S. to Search for More Hijackers After Attack." New York Times, 29 Sep. 2001. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"In the hours following the Sept. 11 terror attacks, German intelligence agents intercepted a phone conversation between jubilant followers of Osama bin Laden that led the F.B.I. to search frantically for two more teams of suicide hijackers, according to officials in both countries."


Taheri, Amir. Nest of Spies. London: Hutchinson, 1988.

The "nest of spies" is, of course the U.S. Embassy in Teheran. Brinkman, I&NS 4.4, takes this book entirely too seriously, even though he clearly recognizes its faults. Simultaneously, the reviewer says the book "is original and well-documented" (the author supplements conventional sources with the documents seized at the Embassy in 1979) and "stylistically ... reflects the fuzz[y] line between news and editorial." And he notes that the author "shows a ... preoccupation with intrigue," and, on one occasion, has concocted "a bizarre and implausible conspiracy theory." Yet, much wordage is devoted to outlining Taheri's views on the nature on the Iranian revolution.


Taillon, J. Paul de B. The Evolution of Special Forces in Counter-Terrorism. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001.

Cronin, Joint Force Quarterly 29 (Autumn-Winter 2001-2002), notes that the author "describes a specific tool of response to terrorism, military missions by British and American forces.... The chapter on U.S. capabilities is more fluently written than that on their British counterparts; however, the comparison of the historical development of their respective operational doctrine is insightful. The culture of each nation's forces is described in the context of low-intensity conflicts.... The Americans do not fare well by comparison.... The book's conclusions are sound but general."

[MI/SpecOps; Terrorism/01/Gen]

Taithe, Bernard, and Tim Thornton, eds. Propaganda, Political Rhetoric and Identity. Phoenix Mill, UK: Sutton, 1999.


Takaki, Ronald. Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb. Boston: Little, Brown, 1995.

Auer and Halloran, Parameters (Spring 1996), note that President Truman's "racial bias, his lack of international experience, and his inferiority complex" are the focus of this work.


Takeyh, Ray. "What Really Happened in Iran: The CIA, the Ouster of Mosaddeq, and the Restoration of the Shah." Foreign Affairs 93, no. 4 (Jul.-Aug. 2014): 2-12.

"[T]he CIA's impact on the events of 1953 was ultimately insignificant. Regradless of anything the United States did or did not do, Mosaddeq was bound to fall and the shah was bound to retain his throne and expand his power." After the initial coup effort failed to get off the ground, "the attempt to salvage the coup became very much an Iranian initiative.... Contrary to [Kermit] Roosevelt's account, the documentary record reveals that the Eisenhower administration was hardly in control and was in fact surprised by the way events played out."

Christopher de Bellaigue, "Uncle Sam's Hidden Hand," Foreign Affairs 93.5 (Sep.-Oct. 2014): 163-165. takes issue with Takeyh's interpretation of events in Iran in 1953. Takeyh replies at 165-167.


Talbert, Roy, Jr. Negative Intelligence: The Army and the American Left, 1917-1941. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1991.

Surveillant 1.6, says Talbert tells the "story of military counterintelligence on the home front, based on recently declassified military intelligence archives.... The Negative Branch of Military Intelligence, created by Lt. Col. Ralph H. Van Deman in 1917, spied on American[s] ... in a program of civilian surveillance.... [A]ttempts over the years to restrain MI's work failed until WWII brought Hoover's FBI into the supreme position of chief domestic counterspies."

Talbot, David. Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years. New York: Free Press, 2007.

According to Bohning, Washington DeCoded (11 Jul. 2007), the author "believes John F. Kennedy’s assassination was not the deranged act of a lone gunman, but the result of a much larger conspiracy." His are the usual suspects -- the CIA, the Mafia, and Cuba. "Talbot contends that unintended consequences" from U.S. efforts to get rid of Fidel Castro "precipitated John F. Kennedy's assassination.... [W]hen it comes to the subject of Cuba and the Kennedys, Brothers is not only a disappointment, but strives to turn that history upside down."


Talbott, Strobe. "Scrambling and Spying in SALT II." International Security 4, no. 2 (Fall 1979): 3-21.


Talbott, Strobe, and Nayan Chanda, eds. The Age of Terror: America and the World After September 11. New York: Basic, 2001.

Bergen, FA 81.2 (Mar.-Apr. 2002), suggests that for readers "seeking to understand how the [11 September 2001] attacks might play out in the wider historical story of the U.S. role as a great power, The Age of Terror offers several literate and illuminating contributions."


Tallmadge, Benjamin. Memoir of Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge. New York: Thomas Holman, 1858. [Reprinted] New York: New York Times, 1967.


Talmadge, Eric. "Cold War-famed U-2 Spy Planes Keep Watch on NKorea." Associated Press, 29 Feb. 2012. [http://www.ap.org]

"[T]he legendary U-2 'Dragon Lady' remains one of Washington's most prized possessions on the Cold War's last hot front. Pumped up by a $1 billion overhaul, a trio of these piloted aircraft are proving they can still compete with the most futuristic drones on a crucial mission: spying on North Korea."


Talmon, J.L., and Ze'er Katz. "The Lavon Affair -- Israeli Democracy at the Crossroads." New Outlook 4 (Mar.-Apr. 1961): 23-32. [Calder]


Talty, Stephan. Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

Peake, Studies 57.1 (Mar. 2013), notes that the author "has found some new material, based mostly on family letters and US National Archive documents, that does add a bit to Pujol's personal story." This "is a good portrait of Pujol the man, weaknesses and all." For Publishers Weekly, Jul. 2012, (via barnesandnoble.com), "Talty's Pujol is a captivating character with a talent for operatic confabulation, but Garbo is just the alluring lead in massive deceptions that the author likens to Hollywood productions.... The result is a rollicking story of wartime eccentrics and their labyrinthine mind games."


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