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Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer Hardcover – 30 November 2019

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (30 November 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1682473031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1682473030
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 730 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars24 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer is precisely what the subtitle says it is, a primer, and a very useful one.... Serious students of Chinese espionage and anyone interested in doing additional research--which the authors encourage--will find the footnotes and the bibliography extremely helpful." --The Cipher Brief

"Chinese Communist Espionage is recommended reading for those interested in the craft of intelligence, and perhaps even more so for American intelligence mavens and policymakers, not to mention the ordinary citizen." --StrategyPage

"Chinese Communist Espionage is an excellent resource for scholars, practitioners of intelligence and foreign policy, and businesspersons interested in China and its intelligence services. The book not only is valuable for China watches but also is relevant to a variety of subjects.... The sheer amount of information gathered from both Chinese and English sources, as well as from the anonymous testimonies of knowledgeable insiders, combined with a rigorous and thoughtful analysis of the facts by authors with deep knowledge of the subject, make the book exceptionally valuable." --Comparative Strategy

"The authors have given the reader two books in one: the history and organization of the PRC's intelligence operations, and the biographies of notable intelligence operatives." --Japan Forward

"Chinese Communist Espionage is a well-researched reference guide that should be in the library of every student of espionage and every intelligence and security specialist." --The Washington Times

"Messrs. Mattis and Brazil's book is the most comprehensive attempt yet to outline the range of China's spying and the complicated web of agencies that carry it out. The scale of China's relentless espionage activities is far more understandable thanks to their work. Readers may be surprised, for example, to find out that some of the earliest American Cold War spies gave their loyalty to Beijing, not Moscow, prompting one to wonder: Does China today have its own Kim Philby? The ignominious list of Americans, both of Chinese descent and otherwise, who have sold national or corporate secrets to China, or attempted to do so, is enough to raise questions about how much of China's military and economic rise could have been achieved without espionage." --The Wall Street Journal

"Chinese Communist Espionage ... serves as an introduction to [Chinese intelligence operations]. The authors include notes and a bibliography reflecting their extensive research. This book is a must-read for government and private-sector security stakeholders at policy and practitioner levels." --Military Review

"American citizens who care about their health as well as U.S. national security need to know about China's domestic and international security and intelligence organizations, and the global web of companies and organizations they control and manipulate. A superb source for this information is Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer by Peter Mattis and Matthew Brazil." --Townhall.com

"Mr. Mattis and Mr. Brazil deliver a detailed history and current assessment of Chinese espionage activities. Their encyclopedic review of key Chinese intelligence officers and their spying operations dating back to the 1949 Communist takeover highlights how the United States and other major trading partners are under siege from a pernicious, multifaceted attack on government, commercial and academic targets." --The Washington Times

"Chinese Communist Espionage performs several vital functions. It shows us how the Communist Party's earliest espionage operations inform the present; it describes the true scale and scope of Chinese espionage; and it alerts us to the nature of the world we now inhabit. For clarity and authority, this book is unmatched. We now have a standard text on China's intelligence history and machinery, and this is it." --Adam Brookes, author of the Night Heron trilogy

About the Author

Peter Mattis is a research fellow in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and a contributing editor at War on the Rocks. He previously was a fellow at The Jamestown Foundation and edited its biweekly China Brief from 2011 to 2013. He also worked as a counterintelligence analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. He lives in Portland, Oregon.





Matthew Brazil, PhD, is a non-resident Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation and an account manager at an American technology company in California. He worked in Asia for over 20 years as a U.S. Army officer, American diplomat, and corporate security manager.

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Don
3.0 out of 5 stars More anecdotal than authoritative....but good primer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 中国の情報機関とスパイ事件について研究したノンフィクション
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5.0 out of 5 stars A crucial insight to Chinese Communist intelligence
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3.0 out of 5 stars A useful listing of intelligence players, but not a "readable" book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Primer for the Layperson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book for intelligence professionals and business leaders, with an interest in China
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