Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence
ISBN: 0691147132
EAN13: 9780691147130
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 11, 2022
Pages: 360
Format: Hardcover
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A fascinating and authoritative account of espionage for the digital age, from one of America's leading intelligence experts

Spying has never been more ubiquitous--or less understood. The world is drowning in spy movies, TV shows, and novels, but universities offer more courses on rock and roll than on the CIA and there are more congressional experts on powdered milk than espionage. This crisis in intelligence education is distorting public opinion, fueling conspiracy theories, and hurting intelligence policy. In Spies, Lies, and Algorithms, Amy Zegart separates fact from fiction as she offers an engaging and enlightening account of the past, present, and future of American espionage as it faces a revolution driven by digital technology.

Drawing on decades of research and hundreds of interviews with intelligence officials, Zegart provides a history of U.S. espionage, from George Washington's Revolutionary War spies to today's spy satellites; examines how fictional spies are influencing real officials; gives an overview of intelligence basics and life inside America's intelligence agencies; explains the deadly cognitive biases that can mislead analysts; and explores the vexed issues of traitors, covert action, and congressional oversight. Most of all, Zegart describes how technology is empowering new enemies and opportunities, and creating powerful Read More chevron_right

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   Great receipt
Overall a very good overview of the intelligence community, he said. Intersperses historical events with modern application. The academy offers specialized courses in American foreign policy and intelligence.
   Informative, readable, well researched, well documented, and nonpolitical
Good book, well researched, well documented and nonpolitical. Describes, using examples of how our intelligence system works, how we get what we need from the government and what we don't.
   Could be the best book on the IC I have ever read, here is why:
Good job by Gillian Hervey on The Americans, Spies Lies. I'm not a huge fan of Saul's book, but could read it on the US intelligence community. Best Buy has two other products: The PowerBook is a high-tech version of the popular "Why the Best?" I believe strongly that the IC needs to change and I believe that this book can help the IC do that, said Dr. Goin.
   An excellent book about the challenges of today’s intelligence and it uses
Dr. Zegart's book is an excellent review of the current challenges facing the national security and intelligence community. She approaches it from a different angle, e.g., from the standpoint of a scientist. A passionate advocate of open-source, covert action, open-source humint, and analysis. The book is a must-have for anyone interested in open-source analysis. She does a nice job on showing how intelligence gets used by policymakers and how it gets created and filtered, and the risks therein. The one element that would have strengthened her book is a comparative analysis of how other Allie's and adversaries use intelligence, and in some cases, have a better ROI, or bang for their buck. Overall, 5.1 stars. Thanks for the book, Dr. Zegart.
   bias detracts too much
Amy doesn't realize she is isolated in the left bubble. Before she was born, I had a clearance. I worked there for 57 years, Raymond said. She tries to deny it, but the Deep State is real and is our biggest challenge. Until we enable firing of under-performing, arrogant Civil Servants and make their compensation roughly equal that of private industry, across the entire gov't, the Deep State will rule.
   Riveting account of the challenges and promises of U.S. intelligence
A fascinating read that kept me interested from the very beginning. Loved the inside look provided by the author's interviews of former intelligence officials and no detail was left unturned, Graham said.