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Silent Warfare:  Understanding the World of Intelligence
Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence
By Abram N. Shulsky, revised by Gary J. Schmitt
Brasseys, 1993, 286 pp

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.