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The Silent War
A History of Western Naval Intelligence
by

Richard Deaconl

First published 1978 by
David & Charles, U.K.
Hippocrene Books, New York, U.S.A.

£5.50 + P & P

A navy cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine with some slight discolouration to both free endpapers - in VERY GOOD condition.

Dust wrapper is unclipped in just about VERY GOOD condition as the spine is faded and flaps spotted. 288 pages

145 mm. x 222 mm. x 32 mm.
ISBN 0715375571

Jacket flap blurb

The SilentWar
A History of Western Naval Intelligence
Richard Deacon

Perhaps the first example of the undersea exploration thatgave birth to naval intelligence dates from when Alexander the Great ordered the building of a glass barrel to explore the depths of the sea 'for obtaining intelligence therein'. Since then, of course, the technologies and strategies have become ever more complicated and sophisticated, so that today the world's naval intelligence forces, most advanced of which are those of the Western powers, employ devices and systems that make the paraphernalia of a James Bond movie seem naive.
In this absorbing history, Richard Deacon, after briefly surveying the precursors to naval intelligence, traces the progress of the Western espionage services over the last century and a half. After describing the early, rather primitive, organization he leads on to the formation of the US Office of Naval Intelligence (ON I) in 1882 and that of the British Naval Intelligence Division (NID) some four years later, a time when the two nations were at loggerheads. From there he lucidly analyzes the tangled skein of plot and counterplot, cooperation and hostility, skullduggery and underhandedness, that has been the history of our naval intelligence services. In addition, he stresses the vital role of Western naval intelligence today in keeping the peace — or nuclear stalemate, whichever one cares to call it — and in furthering the progress of scientific research into the mysteries of the deep ocean floor.

The Silent War, highly informative and illuminated frequently by fascinating anecdotes, is required reading for all those interested in espionage and the history of war at sea.

D&C ISBN 0 7153 7557 7 Hippocrene ISBN 88254 466 7

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Deacon is well known as a writer on the world's intelligence organizations, having compiled successful histories of the British, Russian, Chinese and Israeli secret services; he has also written in the fields of history, biography and criminology. In course of his researches he has built up a world-wide network of informants (ranging from investigative journalists to ham radio operators) which in itself constitutes a 'mini intelligence service'. Through this he has managed to uncover much of the original material contained within The Silent War.
Before embarking on a career in journalism (he recently retired as Foreign Manager of the London Sunday Times), Richard Deacon served for a number of years in Britain's Merchant Navy.

Contents

1 From Enmity to Neutralism
2 Submarine Influence
3 The Beginning of Organized Intelligence
4 Planning for War
5 Communications Revolution
6 Admiral Hall: A Modern Machiavelli
7 Intelligence and Submarine Warfare
8 Germany Solves British Ciphers
9 The Misinformation Game
10 Lessons of Pearl Harbor The Turning Point
12 The Cold War
13 Intelligence on the Seabed
14 The Spy-Ship as an Aid to Political Strategy
15 Chess Under the Oceans
16 Ocean Surveillance Above and Below
17 Glimpse Into the 1980s
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index

List of Illustrations

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • The Bauer U-boat
  • Commander Charles Davis as US Chief Intelligence Officer
  • Wilhelm Steinhauser, head of the German spy ring in England in 1914
  • Louis Alexander Mountbatten
  • A. E. W. Mason
  • Admiral Grigorovich congratulating Francis Cromie
  • Franz von Kleist Rintelen
  • Felix von Luckner with Sir Reginald Hall and Admiral Borrett
  • Lieutenant Joseph Rochefort
  • Rear Admiral Doenitz welcoming a U-boat crew on its safe return to base
  • Map of Pearl Harbor discovered by the US Navy in a captured Japanese submarine
  • Inside the Admiralty decoding room, February 1941
  • Ian Fleming at the Admiralty
  • Captains L. F. Safford and A. D. Kramer during the hearing of the Joint Pearl Harbor Inquiry Committee
  • Admiral Alan Kirk
  • Captain Ellis Zacharias
  • Lyndon Johnson awards the National Security Medal to Frank Rowlett
  • The Purple Machine
  • US Navy low-level photograph of Mariel, Cuba, showing Russian armaments
  • Artist's impression of Alvin
  • Photograph from Alvin of the nose of the US thermonuclear weapon that fell into 400 fathoms off the coast of Spain
  • The deep ocean floor as seen from Trieste I
  • The Hughes Glomar Explorer
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