Why Spy?

Espionage in an Age of Uncertainty

Frederick P. Hitz

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What motivates someone to risk his or her life in the shadowy, often dangerous world of espionage? What are the needs and opportunities for spying amid the “war on terrorism”? And how can the United States recruit spies to inform its struggle with Islamic fundamentalists’ acts of anti-Western jihad?

Drawing on over twenty-five years of experience, Frederick P. Hitz, a former inspector general of the Central Intelligence Agency, guides the reader through the byzantine structure of the U.S. intelligence community (which agency handles what?). This is a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of international espionage and intelligence, Why Spy? is a must-read not only for fans of Tom Clancy and John le Carré, but for anyone concerned about the security of the United States in a post–cold war, post-9/11 world.

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Why Spy?
Part OneThe Seven Motivations for EspionageChapter OneEspionage versus Intelligence: How the United States Goes About SpyingBefore discussing in detail why spies choose to spy, we ought to figure out what espionage is and how the United States goes about it. Spying has a long history, stretching back to biblical times. Tribes, ethnicities, and other authorities have always wanted to know what their enemies or rivals were planning to do to them or how they might act to protect a perceived vital interest. If the rival power refused to share the information, it had to be stolen or suborned.

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“A useful primer on the new (and greater) challenges to intelligence collection and analysis so different from those of the Cold War. Hitz outlines why the classic motives for recruitment of spies have weakened---even as we become more dependent on good intelligence in coping with the threat of terrorism. As a onetime inspector general at the CIA, he presents his own view regarding the restraints he feels should be imposed on intelligence operations.”
--James R. Schlesinger, former Director of Central Intelligence and Secretary of Defense and of Energy

“Nice Americans do not like human espionage. In this book Frederick P. Hitz has done a great job of rationally explaining the not nice, morally ambiguous, ‘dirty’ business of espionage. This is a service to the country at a time when there has never been a greater need for secret, human-source intelligence--which can only be obtained with the full understanding and support of the American people.”
--Paul J. Redmond, former head of CIA Counterintelligence


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Frederick P. Hitz

Frederick P. Hitz, author of The Great Game: The Myths and Reality of Espionage, was inspector general of the CIA from 1990 to 1998. He also has been a lecturer at Princeton University. He currently teaches at the University of Virginia’s School of Law and Department of Politics.

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Why Spy?
Espionage in an Age of Uncertainty
Frederick P. Hitz

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312561734
ISBN10: 0312561733
5 x 7 1/8 inches, 224 pages
$17.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
June 2009
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ISBN: 9781429932950
ISBN10: 1429932953
224 pages
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