The name is Bond – JAMES BOND. You’ve surely seen one or more of the 26 films made on the fictional British spy 007. You may’ve also seen spy-themed TV shows like The Americans, Blindspot, Covert Affairs, Homeland, Nikita, Quantico, The Blacklist, and/or The Night Manager. But how much do you really know about the complex and sinister world of international spies and spying?
Almost each of the Top 50 nations (by GDP, population or military power) has a spy agency/service. Many countries have more than one ‘secret service’ or ‘intelligence agency’. USA has 16 such agencies. Some countries’ spy agencies are more powerful than entire smaller nations, with annual budgets larger than the smaller nations’ GDPs.
This books attempts to tell the story of 20 of the world’s largest and most powerful spy agencies, details their important missions, reveals their darkest secrets, and gives you an inside perspective of the often quite gory but thrilling ‘world of spies’. It gives you a 360º view of those spy agencies you only read about or see in a movie or TV show. With one chapter per agency, you can read only chapters you may be interested in.