Turnabout and Deception

Crafting the Double-Cross and the Theory of Outs
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Binding:Hardback
Published:July 15, 2016
By Barton Whaley (Author), John McLaughlin (Introduction)

Turnabout and Deception combines two of spymaster Barton Whaley's most potent analyses of the craft: Turnabout: Crafting the Double-Cross and When Deception Fails: The Theory of Outs. Each examination delves into extensive case studies to establish not only foundational understandings of essential espionage principals, but also creates guidance for their practical application on both individual and governmental scales.

Deception is a basic tactic used by allies and enemies alike, but when both protagonist and antagonist ply the same trade, it is the master of the double-cross who comes out the victor. Turnabout and Deception examines how to turn the tables on an opponent and use their own deception against them. Through thirty-eight case studies, this monograph dissects the double-cross to reveal the psychological battle of wits at its core.

No matter how well crafted, however, there is always a chance that a deception will fail. But failure is not the end of a deception, and even failed deception operations can yield results. Turnabout and Deception pores over sixty more case studies to determine why a deception will fail, steps to prevent a failed operation, and how to turn that failure into a success.

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Product Details
  • Hardback : 240 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (July 15, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1682470288
  • ISBN-13: 9781682470282
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 20.32 oz

Barton Whaley received his bachelor of arts in Chinese studies from the University of California, Berkeley before serving with the intelligence section of U.S. Army Psychological Warfare headquartered in Tokyo during the Korean War. Following the war, he attended London University School of Oriental and African Studies before receiving his PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was affiliated with the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and worked for the director of National Security’s Foreign Denial and Deception Committee of the Director of National Intelligence. He passed away in 2013.

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John McLaughlin capped a thirty-two-year career at CIA by serving as its Deputy Director from 2000 to 2004 and as Acting Director in the latter part of 2004. During his career he worked on nearly every part of the world, briefed four American Presidents, and frequently represented the Intelligence Community on diplomatic delegations abroad. He teaches at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, publishes frequent assessments of foreign affairs, and is Chairman of the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the families of CIA officers who die in the line of duty.

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