Help me learn about spying.
October 17, 2011 5:15 AM Subscribe
Help me learn about spies and spying.
posted by StephenF to Society & Culture (25 answers total) 57 users marked this as a favorite
In a fiction book I read recently there were interesting details about how a former member of the Russian intelligence community thought and acted based on his training and his past. I would like to learn more about that world, though not necessarily from a Russian point of view - US or UK or wherever also fine.
Are there copies of training manuals or well-known books that I should read, or should I be looking at the various 'tell-all' books from former spies and special-forces types? Or do I need to get much more specific and focus first on a specific agency or country?
All this is with the the aim of writing convincing fictional characters myself. If the answer that is that practically all spy-work is crushingly tedious and fiction is completely misleading, I would still like to understand the tedium a bit better.