Simply the best primer on intelligence now and for some time to come. The author and editor, who combine academic expertise and policy experience, have put together a concise and logically ordered account of the main areas of intelligence, including collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence and management. Shulsky and Schmitt take a dim view of what they consider to be the standard American conception of intelligence, namely, a social science. Rather, as the title indicates, they believe that intelligence is a struggle to hide, uncover or manipulate secret information. Even those who disagree with their argument will find it necessary to come to terms with it.