November 28, 2014
How to be a spy
The Real Spy's Guide to Becoming a Spy
by Peter Earnest
Former CIA operative Earnest debunks the myths about working as a spy and reveals the truth (or as much as he's allowed). He provides a brief background about the history of spying and talks about the training involved and the types of work agents do. Readers will also get a crash course on planting bugs, spotting or evading surveillance, and working undercover. The book is a surprisingly quick read even though the terms and acronyms can get a bit repetitive, and there are not enough behind-the-scenes stories. Still, it offers a good overview of how what it's like to be a real spy.