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Hidden in Plain Sight


Espionage and Conspiracy from the American Revolution to the Cold War
Whether you like your spies historical, fictional, female, famous, dignified, or double-dealing, we've got you covered. Our spy books and DVDs span the American Revolution and the Civil War to WWII, the Cold War, and beyond.

Few government organizations go unexamined on our Secret Societies bookshelf; the OSS, CIA and NSA, to the SOE, Bletchley Park, MI-5, MI-6, and the SS and NKVD are all included here. You'll also find books about the Templars, the Freemasons, several religious plots, and a secret debating club whose members included Elizabethan English playwright Christopher Marlowe.

If conspiracy theories are your cup of tea, we've got you covered. Our book and DVD selection covers conspiracies of all kinds—from plots to assassinate Sir Walter Raleigh, Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, Adolf Hitler, and John F. Kennedy to details of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and Watergate.
 
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Wild Bill Donovan

Douglas Waller.

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A mythic figure whose legacy is still intensely debated, "Wild Bill" Donovan was director of the Office of Strategic Services (the country's first national intelligence agency) and the father of today's CIA. Donovan's biography, from the author of The Commandos and Big Red, reads like ... (Read More)

       
        

All About Spies

 
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 Spies Revealed: Essential Intelligence for Spies and Secret Agents
 

Spies Revealed: Essential Intelligence for Spies and Secret Agents

Clive Gifford.
 
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From spymasters to moles, defectors to double agents, sleepers to disguise experts, readers 8 to 12 ...(Read More)

 
 Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America
 

Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America

John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr & Alexander Vassiliev.
 
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In 1993, former KGB officer Alexander Vassiliev was permitted unique access to Stalin-era records ...(Read More)

 
 In Spies We Trust: The Story of Western Intelligence
 

In Spies We Trust: The Story of Western Intelligence

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones.
 
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Why did we ever start trusting spies? It started about a hundred years ago, posits the author of ...(Read More)

 
 Battleground New York City: Countering Spies, Saboteurs, and Terrorists Since 1961
 

Battleground New York City: Countering Spies, Saboteurs, and Terrorists Since 1961

Thomas A. Reppetto.
 
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From the bloody Civil War draft riots to the activities of German and Soviet spies in the 20th ...(Read More)

 
 Live and Let Die
 

Live and Let Die

Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour & others. Guy Hamilton, director.
 
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Roger Moore makes his debut as James Bond in this 1973 film, the eighth in the series. Bond is ...(Read More)

 
 
 A Cold War Spy Collection: The Glory Boys; The Contract
 

A Cold War Spy Collection: The Glory Boys; The Contract

Rod Steiger, Anthony Perkins, Kevin McNally & others. Michael Ferguson & Ian Toynton, directors.
 
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The British intelligence service takes on some of its most implacable foes—international ...(Read More)

 
 They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades
 

They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades

Barbara Holland.
 
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Throughout history there have been women, endowed with curiosity and abundant spirit, who stepped ...(Read More)

 
 Charlie Chan: The Secret Service; The Chinese Cat; The Jade Mask
 

Charlie Chan: The Secret Service; The Chinese Cat; The Jade Mask

Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Benson Fong, Joan Woodbury, Edwin Luke & others. Phil Rosen, director.
 
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Inspector Charlie Chan of the Honolulu Police was the first Asian detective hero in American ...(Read More)

 
 Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
 

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Dennis Hoey & others. Roy William Neill, director.
 
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In this 1943 film, Sherlock Holmes squares off against his diabolical nemesis Professor Moriarty ...(Read More)

 
 Double Death: The True Story of Pryce Lewis, the Civil War's Most Daring Spy
 

Double Death: The True Story of Pryce Lewis, the Civil War's Most Daring Spy

Gavin Mortimer.
 
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After an elderly man jumped from New York's World Building in 1911, his death made the front page ...(Read More)

 
 
 Rose Under Fire
 

Rose Under Fire

Elizabeth Wein.
 
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In this companion to Elizabeth Wein's brilliant Edgar Award–winning young adult novel Code Name ...(Read More)

 
 The Rebecca Code: Rommel's Spy in North Africa and Operation Kondor
 

The Rebecca Code: Rommel's Spy in North Africa and Operation Kondor

Mark Simmons.
 
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Born to German parents but raised in Egypt, trilingual John Eppler was equally at home in high ...(Read More)

 
 Listening to Britain: Home Intelligence Reports on Britain's Finest Hour, May–September 1940
 

Listening to Britain: Home Intelligence Reports on Britain's Finest Hour, May–September 1940

Paul Addison & Jeremy A. Crang, eds.
 
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From May to September 1940, during a period that saw some of the most dramatic events of the ...(Read More)

 
 Elizabeth's Spy Master: Francis Walsingham and the Secret War that Saved England
 

Elizabeth's Spy Master: Francis Walsingham and the Secret War that Saved England

Robert Hutchinson.
 
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Francis Walsingham, principal secretary to Elizabeth I, was the first modern "spymaster," ...(Read More)

 
 Graven with Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Poet, Lover, Statesman, and Spy in the Court of Henry VIII
 

Graven with Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt: Poet, Lover, Statesman, and Spy in the Court of Henry VIII

Nicola Shulman.
 
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Poet, statesman, spy, lover of Anne Boleyn and favorite both of Henry VIII and his minister Thomas ...(Read More)

 
 

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Conspiracies

 
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 The Kremlin Conspiracy: A Long, Hot and Cold War
 

The Kremlin Conspiracy: A Long, Hot and Cold War

Douglas Boyd.
 
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What did it mean when Vladimir Putin stepped down from president to become prime minister of Russia ...(Read More)

 
 Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK?
 

Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK?

Mark Lane.
 
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The conspiracy theories regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy have only intensified with ...(Read More)

 
 The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln: A Novel
 

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln: A Novel

Stephen L. Carter.
 
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This fifth novel from law professor and Bloomberg View columnist Stephen Carter, following ...(Read More)

 
 The First Assassin
 

The First Assassin

John J. Miller.
 
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In 1861, as the United States teeters on the brink of civil war, Colonel Charles P. Rook organizes ...(Read More)

 
 The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs
 

The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs

Jim Rasenberger.
 
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The United States–backed military invasion of Cuba in 1961 remains one of the most ill-fated ...(Read More)

 
 
 Traitor to the Crown: The Untold Story of the Popish Plot and the Conspiracy Against Samuel Pepys
 

Traitor to the Crown: The Untold Story of the Popish Plot and the Conspiracy Against Samuel Pepys

James Long & Ben Long.
 
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In 1679, England is awash with suspicions of conspiracy and religious terrorism. Samuel Pepys, ...(Read More)

 
 The Freemasons: An Ancient Brotherhood Revealed
 

The Freemasons: An Ancient Brotherhood Revealed

Michael Johnstone.
 
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This history of the Freemasons explores a fraternity that has been alternately praised for its ...(Read More)

 
 Once Upon a Secret: My Hidden Affair with JFK
 

Once Upon a Secret: My Hidden Affair with JFK

Mimi Alford.
 
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In the summer of 1962, 19-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived in Washington, D.C., to begin an ...(Read More)

 

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Secret Societies

 
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 Secret Societies—Complete Collection: Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta; Opus Dei and the Da Vinci Code; The Knights Templar; The Da Vinci Code: Where It All Began
 

Secret Societies—Complete Collection: Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta; Opus Dei and the Da Vinci Code; The Knights Templar; The Da Vinci Code: Where It All Began

Roberto Mitrotti, Jeremy Jeffs, James Wignall & Georges Combe, directors.
 
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Sometimes described as cultish, these exclusive secret societies have been the subject of countless ...(Read More)

 
 Treason's Tide
 

Treason's Tide

Robert Wilton.
 
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(Winner of the Historical Writers' Association Goldsboro Crown for Best Debut Historical ...(Read More)

 
 The Count of Concord
 

The Count of Concord

Nicholas Delbanco.
 
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Politician, scientist, spy, libertine—Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford was all these things ...(Read More)

 
 The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code
 

The Bletchley Circle: Cracking a Killer's Code

Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle & others. Andy de Emmony, director.
 
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Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin), Millie (Rachael Stirling), Lucy (Sophie Rundle), and Jean (Julie ...(Read More)

 
 The Bletchley Circle: Season 2
 

The Bletchley Circle: Season 2

Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Sophie Rundle, Julie Graham & others. Jamie Payne & Sarah Harding, directors.
 
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(Available April 15th; Pre-order Now) The Bletchley Circle mystery series follows four ...(Read More)

 
 
 An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson
 

An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson

Andro Linklater.
 
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For almost two decades, through the War of 1812, James Wilkinson was the senior general in the ...(Read More)

 
 Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York
 

Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York

Thomas M. Truxes.
 
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(Finalist for the 2009 Francis Parkman Prize) Ignoring British prohibitions intended to end ...(Read More)

 
 World War II Secret Operations Handbook: S.O.E., O.S.S. & Maquis Guide to Sabotaging the Nazi War Machine
 

World War II Secret Operations Handbook: S.O.E., O.S.S. & Maquis Guide to Sabotaging the Nazi War Machine

Stephen Hart & Chris Mann.
 
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The combat skills and tricks used by the Allied military, special forces, and resistance fighters ...(Read More)

 
 Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment
 

Ike's Spies: Eisenhower and the Espionage Establishment

Stephen E. Ambrose.
 
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During his time in office, President Dwight D. Eisenhower projected the image of a genial ...(Read More)

 
 The School of Night
 

The School of Night

Louis Bayard.
 
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Following his brilliant revisitings of Tiny Tim (Mr. Timothy), Edgar Allan Poe (The Pale ...(Read More)

 
 

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