Nonfiction by Bayard & Holmes
TIMELINE IRAN: Stone Age to Nuclear Age
Iran . . . From a cradle of civilization to a state sponsor of terrorism, it’s been a political hot spot not just for decades, but for thousands of years. Now, the urgent issue for Western nations is the extent of Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Is Iran developing an atomic bomb? If so, should we do something to stop it? Who is “we,” and precisely what would “something” be? And how much would “something” cost, and to whom?
To begin to understand the dynamics at play in these urgent questions, it helps to trace the events of Iran’s past. This brief, digestible timeline for both amateurs and experts is written with the voice of over forty years of experience years in the US Intelligence Community, giving special emphasis to the past few decades and recent events. Come journey with us through the kaleidoscope of Iran’s past to explore the challenges that face today’s Western nations.
SPYCRAFT: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BOOTY
Hollywood has yet to produce either heroes or villains that can match the heights and depths of humanity. Who is more courageous than a one-legged woman, “the most dangerous spy in all of France,” operating in Nazi-occupied territory? Who is more extraordinary than a young man left for dead, not worth a Viet Cong bullet, who survives to hunt down terrorists for six more decades? Who is more heroic than a homeless child living in a cardboard box who grows up to be an iconic showgirl, an espionage legend, and a tireless humanitarian? And what villain is more malevolent than the traitor that lurks in our midst, walking our halls and eating at our tables, while helping our enemies murder our own and butcher thousands of innocents?
Join us as we explore the lives of these espionage elites and others who prove that “we’re only human” is not an excuse to fail, but a reason to succeed.
What do the main intelligence agencies do and where do they operate? How do they recruit personnel? What are real life honey pots and sleeper agents? What about truth serums and enhanced interrogations? And what are the most common foibles of popular spy fiction?
With the voice of over forty years of experience in the Intelligence Community, Bayard & Holmes answer these questions and share information on espionage history, firearms of spycraft, tradecraft techniques, and the personalities and personal challenges of the men and women behind the myths.
Though crafted with advice and specific tips for writers, SPYCRAFT: Essentials is for anyone who wants to learn more about the inner workings of the Shadow World.
“From novices to experts, I suspect everyone will find something in this book that they did not know before.”
~ Doug Patteson
Film Technical Advisor and Former CIA Officer