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How Spies Think

£9.99

Intelligence officers discern the truth. They gather information – often contradictory or incomplete – and, with it, they build the most accurate possible image of the world. With the stakes at their absolute highest, they must then decide what to do. In everyday life, you are faced with contradictory, incomplete information, too. Reading the news on social media, figuring out the next step in your career, or trying to discover if gossip about a friend is legitimate, you are building an image of the world and making decisions about it. Looking through the eyes of one of Britain’s most senior ex-intelligence officers, this book shows how the big decisions in your life will be easier to make when you apply the same frameworks used by British intelligence.

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LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING 2021

‘One of the best books ever written about intelligence analysis and its long-term lessons’ Christopher Andrew, author of The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5

‘An invaluable guide to avoiding self-deception and fake news’ Melanie Phillips, The Times

From the former director of GCHQ, Professor Sir David Omand, learn the methodology used by British intelligence agencies to reach judgements, establish the right level of confidence and act decisively. Full of revealing examples from a storied career, including key briefings with Prime Ministers and strategies used in conflicts from the Cold War to the present, in How Spies Think Professor Omand arms us with the tools to sort fact from fiction, and shows us how to use real intelligence every day.

Additional information

Weight 0.255 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

352

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

153.4 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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