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The previously untold - and previously highly classified - story of the conflux of espionage and technology, a compelling narrative rich with astonishing revelations, taking listeners from World War II to the Internet age.

As the digital era becomes increasingly pervasive, the intertwining forces of computers and espionage are reshaping the entire world; what was once the preserve of a few intelligence agencies now affects us all. Corera's compelling narrative takes us from the Second World War through the Cold War and the birth of the Internet to the present era of hackers and surveillance. The book is rich with historical detail and characters as well as astonishing revelations about espionage carried out in recent times by the United Kingdom, the United States, and China. Using unique access to the NSA, GCHQ, Chinese officials, and senior executives from some of the most powerful global technology companies, Gordon Corera has gathered compelling stories from heads of state, hackers, and spies of all stripes.

Cyberspies is a groundbreaking exploration of the new space in which the worlds of espionage, diplomacy, international business, science, and technology collide.

©2015 Gordon Corera (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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One in a Million

In my lifetime I've read/listened to hundreds of books and not even one, including legendary works such as Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, came close to the superior quality of this presentation in terms of articulation & presenting a very complex subject into the easily understandable logic.

It's as if the author served filet minion in every sentence including only the most succulent meaningful richness of intellectual information & logic all presented beautifully in chronological order so that the evolution of cyber-technology built upon itself in an orderly flow of rich content.

The highlights for myself:
1. Rare, once classified information of the NSA, GCHQ, Five Eyes, etc. that give light to the mechanics of international intelligence gathering.
2. Beautiful Chronological order of the information took the reader on a journey through time
3. Articulation; the author has a rare natural talent at organizing & presenting information highlighting intuitive thoughtfulness in regards to all the evidence before us. There seems not a wasted word, every sentence was there for an important piece of the overall intellectual infrastructure.

If any reason to listen again to this presentation it is this rare, unique gift the author demonstrates at articulating subject matter into digestible, meaningful, orderly content that gives sense a thorough completeness backed by rich sources. A once in a lifetime read, it wouldn't surprise me to see this book spoken about for the next 100 years.

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Comprehensive and interesting review of cyber

Very interesting review of computers and spies from WWI to modern day. Well researched and put together.

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Fascinating!

I really loved listening to this historical review of cyber intelligence. If you enjoyed learning about Teuring and the Enigma machine I think you will enjoy the background history given in this book.

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Interesting!

I really enjoyed this book. Lots of information reagarding both the history & current situation of cyber espionage. The reader has an educated British accent that is easy for this Californian to understand and adds to the international flair of the audio version of this book. Highly recommended if you are interested in cyber espionage!

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Thrilling, scary, informative look at cyberspace

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A magnificent and even-handed look at the history of cyber spying from World War I to the present. The tales of espionage, especially the story of Enigma, and the cooperation between America and Britain are spellbinding.

The analysis of the similarities and differences between spying on governments and spying on private industries was well explained. The near disappearance of old notions of privacy can make anyone using a digital device nervous, but the author gives a very clear picture of the trade-offs between security and stability and privacy.

Our adversaries are highly skilled in cyberspying and our enemies are also skilled in using the internet and all telecommunications to coordinate their terrorist activities. The same tools that keep us safe could be used by a more totalitarian system to crush dissent or even innovation. We have let more than one genie out of the bottle and there is no putting them back again.

Excellent narration by Gildart Jackson.

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I'm paranoid now!

This book goes back in time to show the history, mindset and culture of spying and how it evolves and diverges into today's technological world. I liked the perspectives of each culture as it relates to governments and private industry. A good read for anyone in the tech or comm fields.

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Great narration and enlightening story

Once I'd listened to and read a few books from this genre, I realized new information was going to come at a trickle. This book was refreshing in the sense that it is a relatively detailed historical account from the early 20th century forward.

The narrator did a great job. With the exception of Snowden, all Americans sound like 1950s ad men, as they should.

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Listened three times and it was great each time

Lots of great info, and each time I listened I got a hit more of the content. Great stuff!

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A history lesson on our cyber world.

Well Narrated story about our western surveillance cyber systems. I learned a lot from this author; good choice to buy this audiobook.

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this was just ok

sadly this lost conviction as the narrator was pretty bland. I feel the author dis not really have a clear goal except to write about anything he could find and just brain dump it. there are better books on this subject.

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