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The Spy's Guide: Office Espionage [Paperback]

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Advance Your Career—With Espionage!
In today’s business world, information is everything—and no one gathers information more effectively than spies. So why not bring real spying techniques into your workplace? The same tactics developed by professional intelligence agents can be used at businesses of any size to help you get ahead fast! The Spy’s Guide: Office Espionage features illustrated instructions on planting “bugs,” disguising your identity at a trade show, sending anonymous e-mails, and much more. You’ll also discover techniques for:
     •  encrypting your address book
     •  photographing confidential documents
     •  reassembling shredded reports
     •  securing your desk
     •  using invisible inks
     •  and much more!
The authors also share the real-life exploits of professional spies in the CIA, the KGB, Fortune 500 companies, and other business settings. Now put these tactics to work for yourself!
H. Keith Melton is one of the world’s foremost experts on the technology of espionage. He is the author of Ultimate Spy, and serves on the board of directors for The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Craig Piligian is an Emmy Award-winning television producer with an extensive knowledge of espionage tradecraft. Duane Swierczynski is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7" Width: 5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2003
Publisher   Quirk Books
ISBN  1931686602  
ISBN13  9781931686600  
UPC  082345366027  

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Practical Reading  Mar 9, 2008
The Spy's Guide to Office Espionage is a very practical guide to what less-than-ethical techniques are used in corporate espionage. It doesn't purport to instruct anyone on how to tap an undersea cable or launch a satellite, but it does an excellent job of giving advice on various practical techniques (read: no James Bond equipment) to find out what you need/want to know about your competitor/enemy.
Love this book  Mar 29, 2007
I grabbed this book on this site with my expectations very high. When this book arrived I read it in one night! A must-read this book talks about how to become a real office spy and experiences of other spies. I wish there was one about home espionage.
Very Useful, More Than Enough Info for Any Working Stiff  Mar 24, 2005
I picked up a copy of this title from a local Barnes & Noble bookstore. Oddly enough, the title was shelved in the humor section, which didn't make much sense to me as the book isn't particularly entertaining but takes a rather serious, right-to-the-point approach to the business of using questionable means to further your career.

The Spy's Guide: Office Espionage will tech you how to: take an impression of a key for duplication, secure a hotel room, check your conference room for bugs, bug a conference room, reassemble shredded documents, copy documents without leaving a trace as to what copier was used, conceal objects in a bottle of water, sneak into a tradeshow without being noticed, use your cell phone to your advantage, make untraceable phone calls and faxes, keep your private conversations private and much more.

As slim as this volume is, it is surprisingly through and complete. For your average working stiff, this will be more than adequate for taking your game to the next level.
Looking for an edge? This one's for you  Aug 17, 2004
Anybody who works in business or in an office should get this book. Even if you don't use everything in it, other people may be using the methods it contains. If you know what's goin on, you have the upper hand. There's at least 1 thing in here that everyone can use, and that 1 thing I'm sure would be worth your $10 investment.
The How to Guide to Successfully Spying on Your Co-Workers  Jul 18, 2004
I firmly believe that not all books are meant to be taken seriously. This is a horrible thing for a book critic to admit, no? I mean, how can I be unbiased in my reviews if I think some books should be regarded in more esteem than others?

There are some books that are created for little more than pleasure. I don't think these books serve a lesser purpose. I think that grocery store romance novels provide entertainment and possible delight to their readers. Someone I know once purchased a connect-the-dots book of pornography to give as a birthday gift. That book possibly offered hours of entertainment. Every time I graduate, someone gives me an inspirational book of quotes. Sure, some of them are good, but after a quick read through, what am I supposed to do with it? Tape the quotes to my bathroom mirror? Um, no.

The Spy's Guide to Office Espionage by H. Keith Melton and Craig Piligian with Duane Sweirczynski offers little more than brief entertainment. (I suppose for people who are truly set on bugging their co-workers, it also acts as a convenient How To guide.) In The Spy's Guide, readers learn how to booby-trap their briefcase (because so many of us use those anymore...), monitor co-worker's hours, read a competitor's laptop and communicate with invisible inks. Good stuff, right?

My main issue with The Spy's Guide is that I got better advice watching reruns of Get Smart on Nick at Nite. Most of the tips given by the authors, retired CIA and KGB spies, are good only if you are seriously neurotic about the behavior of your co-workers or professional competitors, or have the extra time to spend following them around, sending anonymous emails and protecting your trash.

What makes The Spy's Guide an entertaining read though are the real life stories by the retired spies where they account instances of using the tips they impart in this book. Fortunately, these "Spies at Work" segments occur with regular frequency. (By the end of the book, these were the only sections I read, because frankly, I ain't looking through anyone's trash. And for people who want to look through mine? Have fun.)

One funny tip I enjoyed was going to a meeting where some negotiating will take place. Before entering, call yourself on one cell phone and when you answer, leave both phones on. Mid-way through negotiations, go to the bathroom, accidentally leaving one phone on the table with your notebook. While in the bathroom, listen on the other phone to what is occurring in the meeting in your absence. This could help you throw out the right salary, offer, etc.

Another fun tip was to conceal things in water bottles. The hidden object would be surrounded by water and a the bottled water's label. What makes this funny is that housewives have been doing this for years - hiding mad money in jars of beans with a cavity in the middle. Heck, in seventh and eighth grade my friends and I used to pass notes to each other concealed in pens, instead of having in k in the pen. What teacher could fault you for borrowing a pen when you ink ran out?

Is The Spy's Guide to Office Espionage worth your time to read? Probably not. Is it a funny gift to give to someone else? Definitely. It's best use though is to have it lying around the office. I told my boss what I was reviewing and you should have seen the look on his face!


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