"The Literary Spy" by Charles E.                             Lathrop

The Literary Spy The Ultimate Source for Quotations on Espionage & Intelligence Charles E. Lathrop

Publication date:
23 Jul 2013
Yale University Press
496 pages: 235 x 187mm
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The Literary Spy provides a unique view of the intelligence world through the words of its own major figures (and those fascinated with them) from ancient times to the present. CIA speechwriter and analyst Charles E. Lathrop has compiled and annotated more than 3,000 quotations from such disparate sources as the Bible, spy novels and movies, Shakespeare’s plays, declassified CIA documents, memoirs, TV talk shows, and speeches from U.S. and foreign leaders and officials.
Arranged in thematic categories with opening commentary for each section, the quotations speak for themselves. Together they serve both to illuminate a world famous for its secrets and deceptions and to show the extent to which intelligence has manifested itself in literature and in life. Engaging, informative, and often irreverent, The Literary Spy is an exceedingly satisfying book—one that meets the needs of the serious researcher just as ably as those of the armchair spy in pursuit of an evening’s entertainment.

Charles E. Lathrop, a former U.S. military officer, has served in the CIA as an analyst, a speechwriter for the Director of Central Intelligence, a CIA spokesman and lecturer, an editor for the President’s Daily Brief, and a manager of intelligence analysis. He writes under a pseudonym.

Received rating of "Outstanding" from members of the 2005 University Press Books Committee

"The Literary Spy entertained, educated, and enthralled me. A magnificent tour de force."—David E. Murphy, former CIA Berlin Chief

"Spies—professional spies, amateur spies, would-be spies, and even non-spies—will love this book."—David Kahn, author of The Codebreakers and The Reader of Gentlemen’s Mail

"Forget James Bond—serious practitioners of the clandestine arts will learn much more from The Literary Spy! Open any page and you will find the wisdom of real spies from ancient times to the present day."—H. Keith Melton, author of Ultimate Spy and The Spy’s Guide: Office Espionage

"For anyone interested or wishing to make sense of the intelligence business, this is the book to read."—Oleg Kalugin, former KGB Major General

"An invaluable companion for fans of spy fiction, the history of intelligence, or just delightful browsing in the fascinating world of espionage, from Joshua’s spies in Jericho to today’s headlines.”—R. James Woolsey, Director of Central Intelligence 1993-1995