The Spymaster of Baghdad

by The Spymaster of Baghdad

BOOK REVIEW: The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle Against ISIS by Margaret Coker / Dey Street Books Reviewed by Sonya Lim, former CIA Chief of...

Why a DIY Drone Program was a Bad Idea

by Never Mind We'll Do It Ourselves

The Cipher Brief is committed to a free exchange of ideas. Our book reviewers are drawn from the ranks of our readers — and they are encouraged to “call ’em as they see...

Reading the Roots of Russia's Political Warfare

by The Folly and the Glory

BOOK REVIEW: The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia and the Political Warfare 1945-2020  by Tim Weiner / Henry Holt & Co. Reviewed by Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley (Ret.) Cipher Brief Expert...

Spies, Journalists and the Literature of Witness

by On All Fronts

BOOK REVIEW: On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist by Clarissa Ward / Penguin Press Reviewed by Marc Polymeropoulos Cipher Brief Expert Marc Polymeropoulos served 26 years in the CIA before...

The Real Power of Administrative Law

by Law and Leviathan

BOOK REVIEW: Law and Leviathan: Redeeming the Administrative State by Cass R. Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule / Belknap Press Reviewed by Terence Check Terence Check is an attorney in the federal...

Agent Sonya's Faustian Bargain

by Agent Sonya

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Reviewing America in the World

by America in the World

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Mapping This World and the Next

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Reviewing The New Map for Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations

by The New Map

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Up Close with The Spy Masters

by The Spy Masters

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