Learn the Secrets of CIA Tradecraft

by March 7, 2010 03/7/10

Did you know that the CIA hired a magician to write a pair of tradecraft manuals for them in the early 1950s?

Magician John Mulholland wrote these once classified manuals to show CIA case officers how to secretly pass documents, hide items discretely, slip pills into enemy cocktails and even covert communication tricks. The real nuts and bolts of espionage!

Once thought to have been destroyed, one copy of each of the two declassified manuals was recovered by the author and appear in their entirety within The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception.

The book is a very good read for those interested in CIA tradecraft history and also its original roots in stage magic.

For more of our book selections, check out our recommended reading list.


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J Harrison
J Harrison

If these are declassified documents from our Gov, then they should be available as public domain PDFs. ITS should also post links to the documents themselves.

Gray Ghost
Gray Ghost

It is not just the parts of the manual that have not been redacted, but it is also a history of the CIA around the making and use of this manual.

Erik Day
Erik Day

I'd be willing to bet that page 1 says: "Never admit you've read this book..."

Norman White
Norman White

These have been on my Amazon wish list for some time now. Anyone read them yet?

chadvb
chadvb

I got this from the library a few weeks ago and will start reading it tonight. If I remember to I'll post up my thoughts of it.

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