This wonderful little book is also very useful for parents of teenagers. Think of how your typical conversation with your teenager goes.
Q. Where are you going? A. Out.
Q. What are you going to do? A. Nothin’.
Q. Who are you going with? A. Some guys (Some girls).
Q. What time will you be home? A. Later.
A veritable encyclopedia of knowledge, isn’t it? If you’re satisfied with those answers, you don’t need this book.
Thwarting Enemies At Home and Abroad is a valuable addition to even a seasoned veteran’s bookshelf. It was originally published in 1987, and it gives us glimpses of what’s been schemed and thwarted since man discovered he wasn’t the only being on the planet. Punishment and torture do not get results. Knowing how to phrase questions and which ones to pursue and how, and understanding how your adversary typically thinks, does.
You won’t find much in the line of working tips and actual procedures in this primer, but you’ll walk away with an encyclopedic general knowledge of “The Great Game.”
Also, if you’re interested in further study of this fascinating subject, Georgetown University Press is a great place to start. What better place to learn about it than the place where many of our top intelligence and CIA operators learned, and even teach, their craft?