BOOK REVIEW: The Cold War Spy Pocket Manual – The Official Field-Manuals for Espionage, Spycraft and Counter-Intelligence

Edited by Philip Parker

A fascinating little book full of wonderful ideas and techniques that could just as well prove to be useful in business as in war. Imagine, who could do with a lock-picking outfit, for example? What about a surveillance receiver or a tiny camera? Maybe a silenced Walther PPK pistol? Or a tear gas pen?

All were common tools of the espionage trade during the cold war. But this book is much more than that, particularly in the espionage chapters. They could be very useful.

Not just told from the point of view of the “Free World”, many of the anecdotes are from the Soviet and East German side. Endless dirty tricks are described in useful detail. They all help the reader to know what to look out for. Beware of the “cuckoo clock camera”!

Available from the Pool of London Press, London, UK.


Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.