The Cold War Spy Pocket Manual

The Official Field-Manuals for Espionage, Spycraft and Counter-Intelligence

Date Published :
December 2015
Publisher :
Pool of London Press
Editor :
Philip Parker
Illustration :
20 b/w artworks & diagrams
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ISBN : 9781910860021
Pages : 128
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Some twenty-five years after its conclusion, yet with its echoes resonating once more in contemporary East-West relations, the rigors and detail of many aspects of the Cold War are becoming increasingly of interest. Furthermore, at the very same time many of the records of the period are beginning to become accessible for the first time. At the forefront of this unique conflict, that divided the world into two opposing camps for over four decades, were the security services and the agents of these secretive organizations. The Cold War Pocket Manual presents a meticulously compiled selection of recently unclassified documents, field-manuals, briefing directives and intelligence primers that uncover the training and techniques required to function as a spy in the darkest periods of modern history. Material has been researched from the CIA, MI5 and MI6, the KGB, the STASI as well as from the Middle East security services and on into China and the East. As insightful as any drama these documents detail, amongst many other things, the directives that informed nuclear espionage, assassinations, interrogations and the ‘turning' of agents and impacted upon the Suez Crisis, the Hungarian Uprising, the ‘Cambridge Five' and the most tellingly the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

About The Author

Philip Parker was born in 1965 and is a former diplomat having studied History at Cambridge and International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s Bologna Center. He has written widely on the worlds of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages and contributed reviews and articles to The Literary Review, The Financial Times and BBC History Magazine. His latest book, the Sunday Times best-seller The Northmen’s Fury, is an in-depth and fascinating reappraisal of the Viking world, which ranges from the steppes of Russia, through the Scandinavian heartland, to the furthest flung Norse settlement in Newfoundland. Philip lives in London.



Chapter 1. Operational Training and Techniques
Chapter 2. Organization
Chapter 3. Spy Operations - The Atom Spies and Penkovsky
Chapter 4. Active Measures and Subversion
Chapter 5. Flashpoint Berlin
Chapter 6. Suspect Agents and Defectors

Code and Cipher-Breaking Challenge



"... as someone who lives in Washington, I'm pretty sure the threats posed by the natural world pale in comparison to those posed by enemies of the state. So, to hone your skills for detecting foreign agents, I recommend The Cold War Spy Pocket Manual (Pool of London, $12.99). Edited by former British diplomat Philip Parker, these "briefings, counter-briefings, instructions and orders”contain recently declassified material on American, Russian and British spycraft that was in play during the Cold War. The book includes the KGB's instructions for checking agents, the CIA's "Manual of Trickery and Deception” (which, it's worth noting, was authored by a renowned 1950s stage magician), and a wonderful code-breaking challenge, which I have so far failed miserably"

- Washington Post 12.31.2015, January 2016

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