Survive like a spy Real CIA operatives reveal how they stay safe in a dangerous world and how you can too

Jason Hanson

Book - 2018

Reveals high-stakes techniques and survival tactics from intelligence officers who have employed the same measures in life-or-death situations throughout the world.

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Published
New York, New York : TarcherPerigee [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
xii, 241 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-240).
ISBN
9780143131595
0143131591
Main Author
Jason Hanson (author)
  • Introduction: Welcome to the real world of CIA operatives
  • Spy sense: do you have what it takes to be a spy?
  • When one mission becomes two: using cover stops, hunker-down sites, and secret catches to spy on a terrorist cell
  • Dr. X and the puffer fish: How secret signals, covert communication, and a five-hour surveillance detection route saved America from a deadly biological weapon
  • Gathering intelligence in a war zone: surviving bombings and brutality during a civil war in El Salvador
  • Stealing a top-secret hologram from the Russians: how to get anyone to do what you want
  • Snatching and grabbing a narco-terrorist: how to survive a kidnapping
  • Protecting the greatest minds in the world from hostile foreign countries: how to travel safely when others want to harm you
  • Turning a soldier into a spy: how a first-time case officer taught a decorated war hero to do brush passes, dead drops, and signaling to help the United States
  • Giving a high-level ambassador a bugged painting: how to embed cameras and mircophones when it's you who needs to spy on someone
  • The spy who sold China computers secretly infected with malware: how CIA officers avoid being hacked, spied on, or scammed
  • Taking control: what you can do right now to lead a secure life and survive anything from blackouts to economic collapses to home invasions.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Hanson, a former CIA officer, delivers a book replete with exciting spy encounters and hyperbolic training tips intended to make readers feel safer and more secure in a world that "feels more dangerous than ever." For some, Hanson's book will feel more like fearmongering, as when he suggests, for instance, that families create secret signals (such as a thumbtack or chalk mark) to indicate danger near the family home. Espionage aficionados, however, will be in seventh heaven. There are plenty of firsthand spy adventures reported, with names, dates, and places appropriately withheld. There's no shortage of authorial bluster ("Your average American isn't likely to be recruited as a spy") but also enough excitement to drive readers on, especially when paired with irresistible tips on such matters as "busting free when duct-taped to a chair" or "how to survive a kidnapping." The book also covers internet password security (which even Hanson can't make exciting) and ends on an energetic note, dispensing advice on how to "survive anything." The macho tone will repel some, but the book is chock-full of amusing and colorful tips that readers can hope they never actually have to use. (Mar.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Reveals high-stakes techniques and survival tactics from intelligence officers who have employed the same measures in life-or-death situations throughout the world.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life--revealing high-stakes techniques and survival secrets from real intelligence officers in life-or-death situations around the world"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A follow-up to the best-selling Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life reveals high-stakes techniques and survival tactics from real intelligence officers who have employed the same measures in life-or-death situations throughout the world.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life--revealing high-stakes techniques and survival secrets from real intelligence officers in life-or-death situations around the worldEveryone loves a good spy story, but most of the ones we hear are fictional. That's because the most dangerous and important spycraft is done in secret, often hidden in plain sight. In this powerful new book, bestselling author and former CIA officer Jason Hanson takes the reader deep inside the world of espionage, revealing true stories and expert tactics from real agents engaged in life-threatening missions around the world. With breathtaking accounts of spy missions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and elsewhere, the book reveals how to: * Achieve mental sharpness to be ready for anything * Escape if taken hostage * Set up a perfect safe site * Assume a fake identity  * Master the "Weapons of Mass Influence" to recruit others, build rapport, and make allies when you need them most With real-life spy drama that reads like a novel paired with expert practical techniques, Survive Like a Spy will keep you on the edge of your seat – and help you stay safe when you need it most.