Spies Like Us

A funny movie from the 80’s…..Ackroyd and Chase…..but intel gathering is not a funny business…..dangerous and unpredictable……and NO one looks like Sean Connery or Roger Moore.

But when I was younger I was thrilled by spy novels…Ian Fleming, LeCarre, et al……but my fave in those days were the pulp novels written by Edward S. Aarons whose character Sam Durell was always fighting bad guys and chasing beautiful women….

Then when I joined the Army I volunteered for Military Intelligence….thus began my career of an analyst…..

As you can tell Spies have always fascinated me….so I ask…who were the 10 most famous spies?

In and out of wartime, spies play an essential role in information gathering for their nations (and, on occasion, as double-spies for other nations). The spies listed here are the most famous in history.

Source: Top 10 Famous Spies – Listverse

History can be fun and it is always informative and educational.

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15 thoughts on “Spies Like Us

  1. Chug, you might check-out a book “The Irregulars”, by Roald Dahl, about a British Spy Ring in Wartime (WII) Washington. Sir William Stevenson (“Intrepid”) is mention throughout. That Ian Fleming fellow is also mentioned a few times. Spies were not suave, by the way. and didn’t carry around hundreds of thousands of Pounds (in their dinner jackets), except on they way out!

  2. Not surprising to note fascination with spies; they’ve been considered the ultimate warrior since the days of Sun Tzu. The Art of War he wrote strongly supported the concept of the power of the infiltrating spy, noting the work of one man often made the presence of armies superfluous, under the right conditions….

    It fits right in with the human tendency to play fast and loose with truth; all war. as Sun Tzu noted so aptly, is based on deception….

    Humans think their imagination is more powerful than reality, & thus feel entitled to alter the truth at will…

    They also are made uncomfortable by this kind of truth… for it makes lying fail in justification, as an expression of human will… or, in my view, the lack of the will to act with honor….

    gigoid, the dubious

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