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« on: January 15, 2008, 06:19:50 PM »

I know the Crafty boys have recommendations on books of both fiction and non-fiction, but I was curious as to what some of the board members have on their shelves as good tradecraft books, either on the basics or in-depth.

Reading some of the customer reviews at Amazon or Barnes and Noble, it's hard to know who to believe.  As most of the members here either have more then a passing interest in, or have done(i.e military experience) said things, I'd like to hear what you have and would recommend.    I know I've asked a couple people in threads, so I decided to make a single post for everyone to comment.

Also, if you could give a short why you recommend a book that would be great too.


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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2008, 06:35:21 PM »

Some military intelligence reading:
 - MCWP 2-1 Intelligence Operations
 - MCWP 2-12 MAGTF Intelligence Production and Analysis
 - MCWP 2-14 CounterIntell Part 1
 - MCWP 2-14 CounterIntell Part 2
Got these from the USMC web page ages ago.

Covert Ops reading:
 - Richard Marcinco's Rogue Warrior-series (fiction), writer is a former SEAL commander.

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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008, 10:32:44 PM »

Well, the one classical tradecraft book I keep on my shelves is The Art of War by Sun Tzu. It doesn't have the modern emphasis and details you might be looking for, but the "big picture" thinking is good for thinking about espionage from a leader's perspective. Good for conceiving espionage plots.

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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2008, 08:01:06 AM »

I have a 1960s copy of a textbook for a Police procedure course. Mostly geared for patrolmen. I'd referenced it quite a bit in my college days for my Cthulhu campaigns.

There's a whole chapter in the "Art of War" dedicated to espionage... and I read it occasionally if I'm about to get into a serious "Risk" confrontation with the inlaws.

I have also found my Time Life "Old West" series very, very useful for fantasy settings... It gives a pretty good reference point for hows and whys towns and forts are set up and the economic impact it has on the surrounding area.

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