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Sakmyster, Thomas. Red Conspirator: J. Peters and the American Communist Underground. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2011.

Adams, IJI&C 25.1 (Spring 2012), finds that "the meticulous research and evenhanded narrative" of the author has provided a more accurate assessment of Peters' life work. This is an "authoritative account." For Chambers, Intelligencer 18.3 (Summer-Fall 2011), "[t]he book's approach and tone are scholarly. The findings are electrifying, particularly the author's main conclusion: J. Peters operated his own infiltration networks." Peake, Studies 56.2 (Jun. 2012), believes that "Red Conspirator fills a gap in the story of communist agents and activity in America. It is an important contribution to counterintelligence history."

Sandilands, Roger J. "Guilt by Association? Lauchlin Currie's Alleged Involvement with Washington Economists in Soviet Espionage." History of Political Economy 32, no. 3 (Autumn 2000): 473-515.

Sarbin, Theodore R., Ralph M. Carney, and Carson Eoyang, eds. Citizen Espionage: Studies in Trust and Betrayal. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1994.

According to Richards J. Heuer, Jr., "[t]he authors are behavioral scientists at the Defense Personnel Security Research Center."

Sibley, Katherine A.S.

1. Red Spies in America: Stolen Secrets and the Dawn of the Cold War. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2004.

Peake, Studies 49.4 (2005), says that this work is "well documented," "well written," and looks at domesic counterintelligence in America "from a new perspective." Nonetheless, the author's thesis that the FBI was more active prior to the end of World War II than previously thought "is not proved."

For Kirkland, JIH 5.1 (Summer 2005), the author's "scholarship is impressive, drawing upon multi-archival research in the United States and Russia.... Her work is balanced and perceptive and is a compelling and authoritative treatment of Soviet spying and the actions the United States took to counter it." Craig, I&NS 21.1 (Feb. 2006), comments that while "[t]here is little new" in the author's "generalized thesis,... [w]hat is unique ... is [Sibley's] assessment of espionage in the manufacturing, military, and industrial sectors.... [T]he book is enlightening and a good read."

2. "Soviet Industrial Espionage against American Military Technology and the US Response, 1930-1945." Intelligence and National Security 14, no. 2 (Summer 1999): 94-123.

The author notes that the Soviet espionage activities against U.S. industrial and military technology were "highly successful." Although these activities were known to Washington officials, the United States "mounted only a limited response," because of preoccupation, first, with the Depression and, then, with World War II.

Soyster, Harry E. "The Changing Nature of the American Spy." American Intelligence Journal 10, no. 2 (1989): 29-32. [Petersen]

Stoll, Clifford. The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage. New York: Doubleday, 1989. London: Bodley Head, 1990.

Sulick, Michael J.

Laurie, Studies 57.4 (Dec. 2013), says "these two volumes provide a wonderful survey of the history of spying as practiced by the United States, penned by an engaging author who knows of what he writes." They "are very readable books that are highly recommended for every intelligence officer and student of intelligence studies."

1. Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2012.

2. American Spies: Espionage against the United States from the Cold War to the Present. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2013.

Brooks, Proceedings 140.4 (Apr. 2014): "In addition to being an interesting, well-researched, and well-written book, American Spies is a thought-provoking -- and, in places, rather disturbing -- analysis of the security and counterintelligence problems the United States faces today and in the future" For Goulden, Washington Times, 26 Nov. 2013, and Intelligencer 20.2 (Fall-Winter 2013), although it is "scholarly," this book "brims with details of spying that make for enjoyable reading."

Taylor, Stan A., and Daniel Snow. "Cold War Spies: Why They Spied and How They Got Caught." Intelligence and National Security 12, no. 2 (Apr. 1997): 101-125.

U.S. Department of Defense. Espionage Cases, 1975-2004: Summaries and Sources. Monterey, CA: Defense Personnel Security Research Center, 2004. [http://cryptocomb.org/Espionage_Cases_75-04.pdf]

From "Introduction": "Since its first publication in 1985, Recent Espionage Cases has offered the security educator easy-to-find factual information about cases for use in briefings, newsletters, and other educational media.... [T]hese case summaries bear little resemblance to the glamorized fictional accounts of many spy novels; rather, they tell mundane tales of human folly resulting in tragic personal and national consequences."

Verbitsky, Anatole, and Dick Adler. Sleeping with Moscow: The Authorized Account of the KGB's Bungled Infiltration of the FBI by Two of the Soviet Union's Most Unlikely Operatives. New York: Shapolsky, 1987. [Petersen]

Whitaker, Reg. "Cold War Alchemy: How America, Britain and Canada Transformed Espionage into Subversion." Intelligence and National Security 15, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 177-210.

Abstract: "At the outset of the Cold War, a series of high-level Soviet espionage scandals unfolded in the English-speaking countries. These cases had a very significant impact in shaping the dominant counter-espionage model in the West."

Wise, David. Tiger Trap: America's Secret Spy War with China. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.

Goulden, Washington Times, 7 Jun. 2011, finds that "[b]ased on extensive interviews with FBI counterintelligence officers," the author "offers a fascinating primer on how MSS [Chinese Ministry of State Security] tradecraft differs from that of the old KGB." Wise has produced "a groundbreaking and highly readable account" of Chinese espionage activities. Peake, Studies 55.3 (Sep. 2011), sees Tiger Trap as "a good account of contemporary Chinese espionage involving American targets," which also "explains Chinese modus operandi and tradecraft, reveals connections between operations, and identifies principal players."

For Mattis, IJI&C 25.1 (Spring 2012), this is a "compelling and engaging" book. However, it "largely fails ... to update the American experience with Chinese intelligence, instead relying on worn-out analysis of the Chinese." Nonetheless, it "helps fill in the gaps left by the Cox Committee report and the book by former Department of Energy intelligence chief, Notra Trulock" [Code Name Kindred Spirit (2002)].

Wood, Suzanne, and Martin F. Wiskoff. Americans Who Spied Against Their Country Since World War II. Monterey, CA: Defense Personnel Security Research Center, 1992.

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