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The Enemy Within by Terry Crowdy

The Enemy Within

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A boys book if there ever was one! Fascinating synopsis of the contributions through history of spies and their sponsors. Doesn't get bogged down with irrelevant details and great to cherry pick your favourite moments from man's somewhat bloody past.


The Enemy Within by Terry Crowdy

To gain the upper hand in conflict the ability to know what your enemy is planning is vital. Separating myth from reality, the Enemy Within traces the history of espionage from its development in ancient times through to the end of the Cold War and beyond, shedding light on the clandestine activities that have so often tipped the balance in times of war. From the Monkey hanged as a spy during the Napoleonic wars to the British Double Cross Committee in World War II, this journey through the history of espionage shows us that be they thrill seekers or madmen, fanatics or tricksters no two spies are alike and their fascinating stories are fraught with danger and intrigue.


This is an excellent source covering the history of espionage from beginning to the present day... it is extremely readable, entertaining, and educational. It is one of the better nonfiction books this reviewer has read in recent times. Timothy Baghurst, The Traveler Intelligence operations are a hot topic. But since most recent books have a more narrow or current focus, a popular account of the high points in espionage through the ages is welcome... Crowdy has published works with Osprey on the French military during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras, and these sections are among the strongest. Also interesting is the section on Germany's infiltration of France before World War I... certainly suitable for personal, public and undergraduate libraries. Glen Ellyn, Library Journal [Crowdy] reflects his publisher's expanding horizons in this survey of espionage from ancient times to America's invasion of Iraq... this is a work of narrative and anecdote... and succeeds within that context... The development of professional secret services in early modern Europe segues into the often-overlooked role of intelligence in the Revolutionary/Napoleonic era, making for tales of spy and counterspy that are the most interesting in the book. Publishers Weekly (June 2006)

About the Author

Terry Crowdy has an unconventional background for a historian. Former bassist in a rock group, and a history enthusiast since childhood, Terry writes with passion and a keen eye for detail, bringing his unique perspective to the murky world of espionage and spying.

Terry currently lives in Kent where he is preparing a new book on the French Resistance.

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10th October 2006


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368 pages


Books for the Boys
The Real World
eBook Favourites

General & world history
Espionage & secret services
Warfare & defence



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