Espionage has been called the second oldest
profession, and has lately become one of the newest fields
of scholarly study. More than forty American colleges and
universities offer courses in espionology (the study of intelligence
and espionage), ranging from "Espionage in the Ancient
World," taught at Georgetown University through "Espionage
and History" at the University of New Hampshire, to Yale
University's "Intelligence and Covert Operations."
The Defense Intelligence College, an accredited educational
institution operated by and for the U. S. government, granted
the degree of Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence
to those government employees and military personnel who complete
its twelve-month program.
Several private institutions are dedicated to the advance
of espionology. The National Intelligence Study Center, The
Consortium for the Study of Intelligence, and the Hale Foundation
(named after Natham Hale, the patriot spy of the American
Revolution) encourage and sponsor the study of intelligence
and the teaching of espionology, that is "the study of
the history, organization, and methods of intelligence",
in colleges and universities, and work to improve public understanding
of the role of intelligence in national security.
So, just out of curiosity, let's take an open-minded close
look at my irreverent look at the second oldest profession.
I am sure you are going to like it. Real-life spy stories
are much more interesting than any spy book written by John
Le Carré, Len Deighton, Robert Ludlum or Tom Clancy
... and, similar to what we have read in these highly entertaining
novels, most of "true" spy stories are pure fiction,
that is, pure bovine manure!
Soft cover, 426 pages, 6"x9",
extensive bibliography and index.