Wald - Walk


Wald, Matthew L. "Secretary Agrees to Idea of Agency on Nuclear Weapons." New York Times, 8 Jul. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said on 7 July 1999 "that he would work with Congress to establish a more independent nuclear weapons program as a remedy for security problems, but key details of the proposed reorganization are still in dispute."


Wald, Matthew L. "Widespread Radioactivity Monitoring Is Confirmed." New York Times, 24 Dec. 2005. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 23 December 2005, the Justice Department confirmed that "[t]he F.B.I. and the Energy Department have conducted thousands of searches for radioactive materials at private sites around the country in the last three years." According to a federal official speaking on condition of anonymity, "the investigators have visited hundreds of sites in Washington, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Seattle on multiple occasions, as well other locations for high-profile events like the Super Bowl. The surveillance was conducted outdoors, and no warrants were needed or sought."

[FBI/00s/05; OtherAgencies/DOE; Terrorism/00s/05/War]

Waldrop, M. Mitchell. "Alan Turing: The Oddball Who Changed the World." Washington Post, 9 June 1999, H1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Review of Turing's life and accomplishments. If you know nothing about Turing and his work at Bletchley Park, this is a good place to begin.


Waldrop, Teresa, and Karen Breslau. "The Secrets of a Spymaster." Newsweek, 18 Nov. 1991, 42.


Wales, T.C. "The 'Massingham' Mission and the Secret 'Special Relationship': Cooperation and Rivalry between the Anglo-American Clandestine Services in French North Africa, November 1942-May 1943." Intelligence and National Security 20, no. 1 (Mar. 2005): 44-71.

Located west of Algiers, "'Massingham' served as the main command, communication, supply and training centre for [joint SOE and OSS] clandestine operations into southwestern Europe after the North African TORCH landings in November 1942.... The near total integration ... was the result of a determined effort by a few individuals."

[UK/WWII/Services/SOE/Gen & I&NS]

Walker, C. Lester. "China's Master Spy." Harper's Magazine, Aug. 1946, 162-169.

Tai Li headed the Military (later Central) Bureau of Investigation and Statistics from 1929 until his death in 1946.


Walker, Clive. "Constitutional Governance and Special Powers against Terrorism: Lessons from the United Kingdom's Prevention of Terrorism Acts." Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 35 (1997): 1-47. [Calder]

[Terrorism/90s; UK/Postwar/Gen]

Walker, David E. Lunch with a Stranger. London: Wingate, 1957. New York: Norton, 1957.

Walker, Greg. At the Hurricane's Eye: U.S. Special Forces from Vietnam to Desert Storm. New York: Ballantine Books, 1993. New York: Ivy Books, 1994.


Walker, Graham F., ed. The Search for WMD: Non-Proliferation, Intelligence and Pre-emption in the New Security Environment. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Dalhousie University Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, 2006.

Peake, Studies 52.3 (Sep. 2008) and Intelligencer 16.2 (Fall 2008), finds that the analysis in the 25 articles included here "is generally fair and insightful." The collection offers "viewpoints from outside the Intelligence Community."


Walker, John A., Jr. My Life as a Spy. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2008.

Goulden, Washington Times, 14 Dec. 2008, and Intelligencer 17.1 (Winter-Spring 2009), finds substantial amounts of nonsense and whining in this "pained attempt" by a traitor "at self-justification." Walker makes claims in this book, which suggest "that three-plus decades in a prison cell addled what few brains he ever had." One such is his "claim that he was spirited into Czechoslovakia during a 1982 crisis to personally brief KGB chairman Yuri Andropov on whether President Reagan intended a nuclear attack on the U.S.S.R." Clark comment: Goulden elicited a chuckle from this reader with his line that "Walker's yarn ... might make a good Oliver Stone movie."

To Peake, Studies 53.4 (Dec. 2009), "[t]here is very little new in this book." Both the story of Walker's spying and of his family life "are covered in more detail by Pete Earley in Family of Spies." Herrington, Parameters 36.4 (Winter 2009-2010), comments that "Walker's tone is that of a sophisticated internationalist, lecturing to the naïve American masses about the evils of their government, and why he came to believe that it was his duty to become a player in the Cold War." In addition, "the disjointed recitation of his sexual conquests and the litany of self-justifications contained in this work make for bad reading."


Walker, Jonathan. Aden Insurgency: The Savage War in South Arabia 1962-1967. Staplehurst, UK: Spellmount, 2005.

Peake, Studies 50.3 (Sep. 2006) and Intelligencer 15.2 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007), finds that this work "is well written and thoroughly documented by recently released Foreign Office files and personal interviews." The author "provides considerable interesting detail on how British Special Forces and MI6 elements were activated to participate 'unofficially' in training, advising, and fighting with the South Arabian Army" during the insurgency. For Newsinger, I&NS 22.2 (Apr. 2007), the author "provides an extremely well-written and well-informed account of the South Arabian counterinsurgency campaign and its antecedents."


Walker, Jonathan. Poland Alone: Britain, SOE and the Collapse of the Polish Resistance 1944. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2008.

From publisher: This work "focuses on the bloody Warsaw Uprising of 1944, when the Polish Resistance attempted to gain control of their city from the German Army. They expected help from the Allies but received none, and they were left helpless as the Russians moved in." The author "examines whether Britain could have done more to save the Polish people in their crisis year of 1944, dealing with many different aspects such as the actions of the RAF and SOE, the role of Polish Couriers, the failure of British Intelligence, and the culpability of the British press."

[OtherCountries/Poland/WWII; UK/WWII/Services/SOE]

Walker, J. Samuel.

1. "The Decision to Use the Bomb: An Historical Update." Diplomatic History 14, no.1 (Winter 1990).

2. Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina, 1997.

Hendrickson, 77.2 (Mar.-Apr. 1998), calls this a "careful scholarly" work that is "'post-revisionist' in tone and outlook." The author covers "the most important issues with economy," provides a "thorough bibliographic essay," and makes "an excellent addition to the literature."


Walker, Laura. Daughter of Deceit. Dallas, TX: Word, 1988.

John Walker's daughter.


Walker, Martin. The Cold War: A History. New York: Henry Holt, 1994. [New York]: Owl Books, [1995]. [pb]

Fukuyama, FA 73.5 (Sep.-Oct. 1994), calls this book, written by The Guardian's U.S. bureau chief, a "solid and straightforward account." It covers through "the attempted Moscow coup in 1991," and the "later chapters on the post-Brezhnev years tend to be more interesting." Walker "by and large does not break new ground in terms of sources or interpretations." This will be "useful as an overview in college courses."

Surveillant 4.1 notes that the book includes chapters on "Spies in the Sky: Sputnik to U-2" and on the "Cuban Missile Crisis." The latter is "a good survey of the event." Overall, this is a "highly readable though general account of this recent period of history." Cowley, MHQ Review, Spring 1997, prefers the paperback version of this "good and relatively brief history," because "its new 'Afterword' tones down the concluding gloom of the original."

[GenPostwar/ColdWar & 60s/MissileCrisis; Recon/Planes]

Walker, Matthew B. "Reforming Congressional Oversight of Intelligence." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 19, no. 4 (Winter 2006-2007): 702-720.

Discusses current legislative oversight problems; critiques the 9/11 Commission's recommendations; and makes additional recommendations.


Walker, Stephen T., and Joan D. Winston. "Cryptography Policy Update." Cryptologia 23, no. 2 (Apr. 1999): 157-163.

This article focuses on "implementation of the U.S. encryption policy changes announced by Vice President Gore in September 1998, and on related U.S. policy initiatives concerning encryption export and cryptography standards."



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