Brian Stewart, Samantha L. Newbery

Why Spy?

On the Art of Intelligence



“Why Spy?: On the Art of Intelligence” by Brian Stewart and Samantha Newbery is a captivating exploration of espionage and intelligence operations. From historical roots to modern challenges, the authors unravel the motivations, tools, and ethical implications of intelligence work. A must-read for those intrigued by this secretive world.

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“Why Spy?: On the Art of Intelligence” is an engaging and insightful exploration of the world of intelligence gathering, written by esteemed journalists and intelligence experts, Brian Stewart and Samantha Newbery. Drawing from their extensive experience in reporting on international affairs and national security, the authors delve into the enigmatic realm of intelligence, uncovering its historical roots, modern-day challenges, and ethical implications.

In this meticulously researched book, Stewart and Newbery take readers on a captivating journey through the secretive world of espionage and intelligence operations. They examine the motivations behind spying, shedding light on the complex interplay of politics, power, and information gathering. From ancient times to the digital age, the authors showcase how intelligence agencies have shaped the course of history, influencing wars, diplomacy, and global events.

“Why Spy?” offers a comprehensive overview of the tools, techniques, and tactics employed by intelligence agencies. Stewart and Newbery analyze the evolving nature of intelligence gathering in an era of rapidly advancing technology, exploring topics such as cyber espionage, surveillance, and the impact of artificial intelligence on intelligence operations. They also delve into the ethical dilemmas faced by intelligence professionals, grappling with questions of privacy, accountability, and the delicate balance between security and civil liberties.

The book is enriched by interviews with intelligence officers, diplomats, and policymakers, providing firsthand accounts and unique perspectives on the realities of intelligence work. Through vivid storytelling and thought-provoking analysis, the authors unravel the myths surrounding the spy craft, exposing the challenges and sacrifices faced by those who operate in the shadows to protect national interests.

“Why Spy?: On the Art of Intelligence” goes beyond the thrilling tales of spies and espionage, offering readers a deeper understanding of the critical role played by intelligence agencies in the modern world. It is a must-read for anyone intrigued by the secretive realm of intelligence gathering, providing a compelling blend of historical context, contemporary insights, and ethical reflections on the art of intelligence.

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Weight 310 g
Dimensions 21.5 × 14 cm